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Grants for Illinois Emergency Service
Departments for Purchasing Supplies

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Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (SFM)

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01/29/21 (Postmarked)


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Grants for Illinois emergency service departments for purchasing supplies. Priority will be given to requests for equipment for firefighters, emergency equipment, and for vehicle rescue supplies. Grants may also be requested for specialized rescue equipment, apparatus equipment, communication equipment, and station equipment. Eligible applicants are fire departments and nonprofit ambulance services.

The Small Equipment Grant Program was established for the purchase of small firefighting and ambulance equipment. This program is an innovative approach to a problem that has long caused difficulties for the fire departments and not-for profit ambulance services in Illinois, particularly those that have hardships in generating the necessary revenue for small equipment. The purpose is to allow eligible applicants the opportunity to purchase small equipment that they may otherwise not be able to purchase. 

For the current application cycle, the Committee has established the following priorities in determining grant awards.

Tier I – Highest Priority

  • Fire Fighter Safety Equipment (examples include: Personal Protective Equipment and Self Contained Breathing Apparatus, cylinder tanks, flashlights, cylinder fill stations, hand-held radios, thermal imaging cameras, and turnout gear washers and dryers [note: approval will be given for equipment only; installation costs and detergent will not be approved])
  • EMS Emergency Response Equipment (examples include: AED machines, cardiac monitor, oxygen regulators and ambulance based O2 bottles, backboards, stair chairs, power cots, and portable suction units)
  • Vehicle Rescue Equipment (examples include: extrication tools, air lifting bags, reciprocating saw blades, and halligan bars)

Tier II – Lower Priority

  • Apparatus Equipment, Communication Equipment and Station Equipment (examples include: vehicle/base radios, pagers, printers, software, fire hoses, nozzles, and tools)
  • Specialized Rescue Equipment (examples include: ventilation fans, remote area lighting, fire extinguishers, gas detectors, specialized rescue equipment, wildland firefighting gear, and technical rescue equipment)

Requests for equipment not included in the categories described above may be made, but such requests will not be considered until applications that include the priority equipment described above have been considered. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 147579

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $26,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Most Illinois fire departments, fire protection districts and township fire departments are eligible to apply for grants. Additionally, ambulance services that are a not-for-profit emergency medical service provider are also eligible to apply. An ambulance service shall be a volunteer, non-profit, stand-alone emergency medical service provider not tied in any financial or legal manner to a fire department. Applicants in this category may have to provide additional documentation in order to verify eligibility.

Fire department, fire protection district and township fire department means a unit of local government (as defined by Article VII, Section 1 of the Illinois Constitution of 1970 and in state law at 5 ILCS 70/1.28) that provides fire suppression within a geographical area.

Fire departments that are for-profit entities, not-for-profit entities, associations and/or not-for-profit corporations (i.e. not a governmental body) and units of local government that do not operate a fire department (i.e. a municipality that contracts for fire suppression services from another municipality or fire district) are not eligible to apply.

Fire department, fire protection district and township fire department applicants must have participated in the National Fire Incident Reporting System ("NFIRS") for a minimum of two years prior to the application for the Small Equipment Grant, except that fire departments that were issued a Fire Department Identification Number ("FDID") by the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal ("OSFM") less than two years prior to the application are eligible to apply for a Small Equipment Grant if they have participated in NFIRS since the date their FDID was issued by the OSFM. Please note that if you are not NFIRS compliant by the end of the application period you will not be considered for a grant. A listing of departments that are currently compliant is found in Supporting Documents below.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be postmarked no later than February 29, 2021.

You may view the statutory authority, as well as the administrative rules governing the program
by clicking on the links below.
• Statutory authority - 20 ILCS 2905/2.7:
• Administrative rules - Title 41, Part 291:

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 attachments should be submitted to:
Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal
Small Equipment Grant Program
1035 Stevenson Drive
Springfield, Illinois 62703

If you have questions regarding NFIRS compliance, please e-mail the NFIRS help desk at

Questions about the program or the grant application should be directed to Roger Branson at
(217) 785-4717 or at

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