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Emergency Services Provider Fund (ESPF)

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

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

Deadline Date:

07/13/20 Postmark or Receipt


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Grants of up to $20,000 to Nova Scotia fire departments, search and rescue 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:

  1. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA)
  2. Communications Equipment
  3. Miscellaneous Fire Fighting Equipment
  4. Rescue Equipment
  5. Water Supply, Suppression Equipment
  6. HAZMAT Equipment
  7. Emergency Power for Building

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

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 143643

Estimated Size of Grant:

The fund provides up to 75% of eligible costs to a maximum of $20,000.

Term of Contract:

The Office of the Fire Marshal requires that all approved projects must be completed by March 31, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

First responder organizations that did not receive funding in 2018-19 or 2019-20 are eligible to apply for funding.

You can apply if you’re a:
- Fire department
- Ground search and rescue organization
- Hazardous materials (HAZMAT) organization

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 for applications is July 13, 2020. Applications must be postmarked, faxed, or submitted electronically to the Office of the Fire Marshal by July 13, 2020.

Mailed applications are acceptable but due to current circumstances and social distancing, if you are able to apply by email or fax, which goes to email, it would be appreciated.

It should take 3 to 4 months for the Office of the Fire Marshal to review your funding application and let you know if you’re receiving funding. 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 per cent of eligible costs.

Contact Information:

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

Once your application is completed and all documents are collected, you may submit:

- An electronic/scanned version to ;

- A faxed version to 902-424-3239; or

- Or original documents via Canada Post at:
Kirk Janes
Office of the Fire Marshal
PO Box 231
Halifax, NS B3J 2M4

For more information, contact Kirk Janes by phone at 902-424-5721 or toll-free at 1-800-559-3473 or by email at

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