Grants and Loans

​Small Equipment Grant Program

The application period for the Small Equipment Grant Program is now open. All interested departments should send an electronic or postmarked application to OSFM no later than November 30, 2022. OSFM will award $1.5 million to eligible fire departments and ambulance services during this application period. 

The Small Equipment Grant Program was established to provide grants of up to $26,000 for the purchase of small firefighting and ambulance equipment.  This program is an innovative approach to a problem that has long caused difficulties for the fire departments and not-for-profit ambulance services in Illinois, particularly those that have hardships in generating the necessary revenue for small equipment. The purpose is to allow eligible applicants the opportunity to purchase small equipment that they may otherwise not be able to purchase.

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 the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (“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.  
The two year required reporting period will be from August 2020 through August 2022.  Fire departments are required to report all incidents responded to, including ambulance calls. 

An eligibility report will be posted to the grant’s webpage and updated throughout the grant period.  The report will also be sent to our NFIRS email distribution list.

Small Equipment Grant W9 Form


Fire Truck Revolving Loan Program

Ambulance Revolving Loan Program

Revolving Loan Program OverviewRevolving Loan Program Overview
  • The application period is now open for the Fire Truck Revolving Loan Program. Approximately $10.5 Million is available for this application period. The maximum loan provided under this program for fire trucks is $350,000. Applications must be electronically submitted or postmarked no later than October 31, 2022. 
  • The application period is now open for the Ambulance Revolving Loan Program. Approximately $2.7 million is available for loans this application period. The maximum loan provided under this program for ambulances is $200,000.  The term of the loan may not exceed 10 years. Applications must be electronically submitted or postmarked no later than October 31, 2022. 

 

Supplemental Forms

Current Service Demand and Services Provided in Last Two Years Information

Debt Schedule Information

Demographic Information

Equipment Losses Not Covered by Insurance

Fleet Information - Ambulances

Fleet Information - Fire Trucks

Loan Default Explanation

Monetary Assistance Received Information

Other Justification Information

Out of Date and Unsafe Equipment Information


NFIRS Compliance

In order to qualify for a loan or grant your department must be compliant with NFIRS Reporting guidelines.  Here is a list of currently compliant and non-compliant departments.

NFIRS Compliance Report



​Fire Truck, Fire Station, and Ambulance revolving loan programs are not currently taking applications.

​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

The application period is now open. 




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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.

 More information is above.
$200,000

Repayment period may not exceed 10 years.

The application period is now open. 

Application 
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.

 More information is above.
$350,000

Repayment period may not exceed 20 years.

The application period is now open.

Application
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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 Grants

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

FEMA's SAFER Grants

FEMA's Welcome Assistance Firefighters Grant program page