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Grants to Nova Scotia Fire Departments and Emergency
Responder Organizations for Equipment Purchases

Emergency Services Provider Fund (ESPF)

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Government of Nova Scotia, Department of Municipal Affairs, Office of the Fire Marshal - Emergency Services Provider Fund (ESPF)

Deadline Date:

07/08/21 Postmark or Receipt


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Grants of up to $20,000 to Nova Scotia fire departments, search and rescue, and first responder organizations, and HAZMAT organizations for equipment purchases and upgrades. Funding will support equipment to be used in response to an emergency or fire situation. Priority will be given to organizations that are in the most need of financial help.

Eligible equipment must fall into the following categories:

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA)
  • Communications Equipment
  • Miscellaneous Fire Fighting Equipment
  • Rescue Equipment
  • Water Supply, Suppression Equipment
  • HAZMAT Equipment
  • Emergency Power for Building

For a detailed listing of eligible equipment by category, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 143643

Estimated Size of Grant:

The program may provide up to 75% of the total cost of a project, up to a maximum of $20,000.

Term of Contract:

Only money spent on project costs between the date of your project approval and 31 March 2022 are eligible for funding.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

You can apply if you’re a:
- Fire department
- Ground search and rescue organization
- Hazardous materials (HAZMAT) organization
- Other first responder organizations in Nova Scotia who did not receive funding in 2019–20 or 2020–21 are eligible to apply for funding.

Organizations can only receive funding once every 3 years.

The following costs are not eligible to be paid using ESPF funds: operating and administrative costs; vehicles of any type, including boats and ATVs; vehicle upgrades; new construction or upgrades to facilities outside of Emergency Power as listed; and equipment not used directly in the response to a fire or emergency situation.

Expenditures for the cost of equipment incurred prior to the fiscal year (April 1, 2020) will not be eligible for cost sharing under this program. If the applicant chooses to incur the expenditure prior to approval, they assume the risk of funding 100% of the equipment cost if the application is not approved under ESPF.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply for funding is July 8, 2021.

It should take 6 to 8 weeks for the Department of Municipal Affairs to review your funding application and let you know if your funding application is approved.

The program provides up to 75% of eligible costs.

More information and link to guidelines can be found here:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Completed applications and any supporting documents are to be submitted by email to If you are unable to submit electronically, please contact DMA.

Emergency Services Provider Fund (ESPF) Administration
Department of Municipal Affairs
1505 Barrington Street, Floor 8 N
P.O. Box 216, Halifax, NS B3J 2M4

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