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

Emergency Services Provider Fund (ESPF)

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

Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #143643

Grant Description

Grants of up to $20,000 to Nova Scotia fire departments and HAZMAT, search and rescue, and first responder 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 costs include:

  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA)
  • Communications equipment
  • Miscellaneous fire fighting equipment
  • Rescue equipment
  • Water supply and suppression equipment
  • HAZMAT equipment
  • Emergency power for buildings

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

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  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Recipients:
- Fire department
- Ground search and rescue organization
- Hazardous materials (HAZMAT) organization
- Other first responder organizations in Nova Scotia who did not receive funding in 2020-21 or 2021-22 are eligible to apply for funding.

Organizations can only receive funding once every 3 years.

Ineligible costs include:
- Operating and administrative costs
- Vehicles of any type, including boats and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs)
- Vehicle upgrades
- New construction or upgrades to facilities (other than emergency power)
- Equipment not used directly in the response to a fire or emergency situation

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply for funding is 19 May 2022.

It should take 6 to 8 weeks for the Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing to review your funding application and let you know if your funding application is approved. It can take longer if more information is needed or if your form hasn’t been filled in correctly.

The program provides up to 75% of eligible costs.

More information and link to guidelines can be found here:

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Emergency Services Provider Fund may fund up to 75% of eligible costs to a maximum of $20,000.

Term of Contract:

Only money spent on costs between the date of your project approval and 31 March 2023 are eligible for funding.

Contact Information:

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
P.O. Box 216, Halifax, NS B3J 2M4

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