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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

    Small Equipment Grant Application  Updated as of 2-15-2018

    Application was updated to correct errors.  If you are using a prior version please note the following corrections have been made:

    • Section 3 – Cost for Requested Equipment – Item Cost should be # of Items and should not contain a $.  Treat this box as a number and enter the number of items to be purchased.
    • Section 3 – Cost for Requested Equipment – 2nd line does not calculate.  Skip this line.

    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 Finance Authority - Rural Development Loan Program

    Federal Emergency Management Agency - SAFER Grants