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    FY18 Small Equipment Grant

    The Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is now accepting applications for the Small Equipment Grant Program.  Applications must be postmarked no later than February 28, 2018.

    Most Illinois fire departments, fire protection districts and township fire departments are eligible to apply for grants.  Additionally, ambulance services that are a not-for-profit emergency medical service provider are also eligible to apply.  An ambulance service shall be a volunteer, non-profit, stand-alone emergency medical service provider not tied in any financial or legal manner to a fire department.  Applicants in this category may have to provide additional documentation in order to verify eligibility.

    Fire department, fire protection district and township fire department applicants must have participated in the National Fire Incident Reporting System ("NFIRS") for a minimum of two years prior to the application for the Small Equipment Grant, except that fire departments that were issued a Fire Department Identification Number ("FDID") by OSFM less than two years prior to the application are eligible to apply for a Small Equipment Grant if they have participated in NFIRS since the date their FDID was issued by the OSFM.  Follow the instructions in the Program Information guide to verify compliance and to download the required reports.  NFIRS Report Examples

    Program Information

    W-9 Form

     

    Information and Eligibility

    Eligibility

    In order for a fire department, fire protection district or township fire department to be eligible for any grant or revolving loan offered through the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM), the department must be in compliance with the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) for a minimum of 24 months prior to the open application period. To check on your NFIRS compliance, click on the following link:

    Compliance information is at the bottom of the page.

    Federal Grants

    For information on federal grant opportunities, click on the following link:

    FEMA's Welcome assistance firefighters grant program page

    SFM Grant Table

    Name of Grant or LoanDo you Qualify?Amount Available (subject to Legislative appropriation)StatusContact
    Small Equipment Grant ProgramThis program provides grants for the purchase of small equipment by a fire department, fire protection district, township fire department, or not-for-profit ambulance service.

    For more information, click on Rules
    Up to $26,000

    Applications are now being accepted.  Applications must be postmarked by February 28, 2018.

    Program Information

    Application Form

    W-9 Form

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    Ambulance Revolving Loan ProgramThis program provides interest-free and low interest loans to local units of government in Illinois for the purchase of ambulances by a fire department, fire protection district, township fire department or non-profit ambulance service.

    For more information, click here for the Rules

    For more information about the loan program check out the Ambulance Revolving Loan Page
    $100,000

    Repayment period may not exceed 10 years.

    This program is not currently accepting applications. The open application period has closed.

    FY 2016 Loan Recipients

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    Fire Truck Revolving Loan ProgramThis program provides interest-free and low interest loans to local units of government in Illinois for the purchase of fire trucks by a fire department, fire protection district or township fire department.

    For more information, click on Rules
    $350,000

    Repayment period may not exceed 20 years.

    This program is not currently accepting applications. The open application period has closed.

    2015 Loan Recipients

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    Fire Station Revolving Loan ProgramThis program provides interest-free and low interest  loans to local units of government in Illinois for the construction, rehabilitation, remodeling, or expansion of a fire station or the acquisition of land for the construction or expansion of a fire station by a fire department, fire protection district or township fire department.$2,000,000
    Repayment period may not exceed 25 years.

    To date, this program has not been funded.
    An open application period has not been determined.

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    Other Grant/Loan Programs

    While not administered by the OSFM these programs are relevant to the Fire Safety Community

    Illinois Department of Natural Resources - Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant Program

    Financial Assistance Grant Period Opens

    The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) has been awarded approximately $300,000 in federal funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service. This money is part of a national allotment for rural fire protection under the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act of 1978, as amended by the Forest Stewardship Act of 1990. Payments pursuant to this grant are subject to the appropriation of adequate funds by the United States Congress. The funds will be distributed to fire fighting agencies as a 50-50 reimbursement type grant with a maximum award of $10,000.00. Fire Departments must have funds available for the entire project cost at the time of application and be able to expend the entire project cost initially and then submit invoices and payment documentation to IDNR for 50% reimbursement of the total costs.

    Illinois Finance Authority - Rural Development Loan Program

    In participation with the Rural Development Administration's Intermediary Relending Program, the Illinois Finance Authority will finance business facilities and community development located in rural communities with populations of less than 25,000. Loan proceeds may be used to finance the purchase of land, construction or renovation of an industrial or commercial building, construction or improvement of infrastructure or purchase of machinery and equipment.

    Federal Emergency Management Agency - SAFER Grants

    FEMA Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant Program is accepting applications through Friday, March 25, 2016 at 4 PM CST.

    The program is intended to provide funding directly to fire departments and national, state, local, or tribal organizations representing the interests of volunteer firefighters to help them increase or maintain the number of trained, "front line" firefighters available in their communities and provide adequate protection from fire and fire related hazards.

    The SAFER Grant Program is comprised of two categories:

    • Hiring of Firefighters. Includes subcategories for rehiring, retention, attrition, and new hires. Career, combination, and volunteer fire departments are eligible to apply.
    • Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters. Combination fire departments; volunteer fire departments; and national, state, local, or tribal organizations that represent the interests of volunteer firefighters are eligible to apply.

    See the link below for more information and access to the application.