Grants and Loans

Small Equipment Grant Program

The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) has opened the application period for the Small Equipment Grant Program. All interested departments should send an application to the OSFM, applications must be postmarked no later than October 22, 2021. OSFM will award $2.5 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. A total of $3.3 million was awarded to 149 fire departments/districts and EMS providers across the state in June.

Fire department, fire protection districts and township fire department applicants are required to have participated in the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) for a minimum of two years prior to applying. The OSFM will require departments to be current through June 2021 for this grant period. 

Small Equipment Grant Information

Small Equipment Grant Application

Small Equipment Grant Application Assistance Video

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

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.

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

This application period is now open.

Grant Information

Grant Application

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.

 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