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Emergency Services Provider Fund (ESPF)

Grants to Nova Scotia Volunteer 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:

06/21/19 Postmark or Receipt


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Grants of up to $20,000 to Nova Scotia volunteer fire departments, search and rescue organizations, 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 who are in the most need of financial help.

Eligible equipment must fall into the following categories:
1. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) & Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA)
2. Communications Equipment
3. Miscellaneous Fire Fighting Equipment
4. Rescue Equipment
5. Water Supply, Suppression Equipment
6. HAZMAT Equipment

For a detailed listing of 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, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

First responder organizations that did not receive funding in 2017-18 or 2018-19 are eligible to apply for funding.

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

Organizations can only receive funding once every three (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; 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 (i.e. April 1, 2019) 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 the application not being approved under ESPF and assuming 100% of the equipment cost.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for applications is June 21, 2019. Applications must be postmarked, faxed, or submitted electronically to the Office of the Fire Marshal by June 21, 2019.

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.

Apply online through the application portal:

You may also submit proposals to:

Kirk Janes
Office of the Fire Marshal
P.O. Box 231
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2M4

Toll Free: 1-800-559-3473
Phone (902) 424-5721
Fax: (902) 424-3239

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Nova Scotia