Grants and Loans

Small Equipment Grant 

Small Equipment Grant Program Information

Small Equipment Grant Program Application

  Tutorial Video This video provides step by step instructions on how to fill out the grant application, addresses NFIRS questions, and provides contact information for any additional questions.

Please fill out the Small Equipment Grant Program application electronically. There are drop down menus available in the electronic application that can help you to complete the application.

Applications for the Small Equipment Grant program are now being accepted.  Applications must be postmarked no later than January 29, 2021.  $3.3 million is available for this application cycle. 

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. In addition to firefighting personal protective equipment (PPE), applicants can also apply for personal infection control items such as masks, gowns and gloves this application cycle. 

Fire departments that are for-profit entities, not-for-profit entities, associations and/or not-for-profit corporations (i.e. not a governmental body) and units of local government that do not operate a fire department (i.e. a municipality that contracts for fire suppression services from another municipality or fire district) are not eligible to apply.

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. (Due to NFIRS undergoing updates at this time, the OSFM will require departments to be current through June 2020 for this grant period. )

If a fire department was 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 they are eligible to apply for a Small Equipment Grant if they have been NFIRS compliant since the date their FDID was issued by the OSFM.  Please note that if you are not NFIRS compliant by the end of the application period you will not be considered for a grant.  A listing of departments that are currently compliant is found here:

NFIRS Compliance Report 

This NFIRS Compliance Report will be updated periodically during this application period.

If you have questions regarding NFIRS compliance, please e-mail our NFIRS help desk at sfm.nfirshelp@illinois.gov.   

Grant and Loan 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. 


​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.

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Up to $26,000

This program is currently accepting applications.

Program Information

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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 open application period has closed.

FY 2016 Loan Recipients

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 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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2018 Small Equipment Grant Recipients

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