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Grants to Ohio Fire Departments for the Purchase
of Equipment and to Increase Capacity

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Ohio Department of Natural Resources - Division of Forestry

Deadline Date:

01/15/18 Postmarked or Emailed


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Ohio fire departments serving small communities in eligible areas of the state. Funding may be used for the formation of new departments, multi-community projects, and equipment purchase. Priority will be given to fire departments with the greatest need for the following types of projects:

A. Organization of new fire departments (those not yet in operation or recently organized)

B. Multi-community projects (county-wide projects or bulk purchases with four or more fire departments) or projects sponsored by county or regional fire associations.

C. Purchase of wildland slip in pump units for trucks & all terrain and utility vehicles (ATV/UTV)

D. Purchase of wildland personal protective equipment meeting NFPA 1977 Standard for Wildland Fire Protective Clothing (inlcudes fire shelters).

E. Conversion of Federal Excess Personal Property (FEPP) & Fire Fighter Property (FFP) equipment to fire fighting apparatus.

F. Purchase of communication equipment with preference given to equipment compatable with Ohio’s MARCS system.

G. Purchase of Utility Vehicles and All Terrain Vehicles (UTV & ATV)

Projects not in the priority list will receive secondary consideration for funding.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 149244

Estimated Size of Grant:

A maximum of $10,000 has been placed upon the amount of federal reimbursement grant dollars to be awarded to any one multi-community project or individual fire department.

Term of Contract:

Only purchases made after grants are awarded will be eligible for reimbursement. Proof of purchase and proof of payment made by the department must be submitted to ODNR Forestry by October 1, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only Fire Departments who provide primary fire service coverage within the ODNR Forestry Wildfire Protection Area are eligible for this opportunity. Click here and scroll down to the map to see the eligible areas: The areas shaded in pink are eligible for this opportunity.

Only Fire Departments who serve communities under 10,000 population qualify. However, for multi-community projects, the 10,000 limit may be exceeded and still qualify, providing none of the participating communities individually exceeds the 10,000 population limit.

Communities imposing strict boundary limits which exclude rural residences or using a subscription or a fee response system will not be considered.

Departments must have a Fire Department Identification number (FDID) to qualify.

Departments must have a DUNS Number that is registered with to qualify.

Pre-Application Information:

The grants are 50/50 matching reimbursement grants. This means a fire department that receives a grant must purchase the equipment prior to receiving reimbursement for 50% of the total project amount.

Local funding must be available for the initial purchase of all items if the application is approved.

Applications must be postmarked or emailed no later than January 15, 2018.

Contact Information:

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

Aaron Kloss

ODNR - Ohio Division of Forestry
2045 Morse Road H-1
Columbus, OH 43229

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Ohio: ODNR Forestry Wildfire protection area