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Grants to Oklahoma Fire Departments in Rural Areas
to Support Equipment Purchase and Operational Costs

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Grants to Oklahoma fire departments in rural areas to support operations and purchase equipment. Funding may be used for fire station maintenance, purchase of fire equipment, fire hydrants, insurance premiums, building construction, and certified training for fire fighters.

Operational grants are authorized by Governor Mary Fallin and funded by the Oklahoma Legislature. They are provided to rural fire departments each year by Oklahoma Forestry Services, a division of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food & Forestry. These grants are available to fire departments in communities with populations less than 10,000 that depend either fully or partially on volunteer firefighters. The grant dollars can be used for purchasing items such as firefighting equipment, insurance premiums, equipment maintenance, and personal protective equipment.

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GrantWatch ID#: 160562

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry – Forestry Services distributes Rural Fire Operational Grants to certified fire departments in incorporated cities (under 10,000 population), towns, and legally formed fire departments.

Operational Grants are not to be used for:
- Any purposes relating to the water supply systems of any grant recipient
- Improvement or construction of water supply systems
- Appurtenances relating to the distribution or use of such water supply system.
- Expenditure or obligation for the purchase of land except as specified previously

Pre-Application Information:

On or before April 30th of each year, Rural Fire Coordinators in each district collect information to determine a fire department’s eligibility to receive an operational grant.

The certified list of rural fire departments is submitted to Oklahoma Forestry Services by the Rural Fire Coordinators no later than June 30th of each year. OFS verifies that each certified department is considered a legal entity by the state of Oklahoma and eligible to receive funds. If there are issues with a department’s legal status, OFS and your Rural Fire Coordinator will contact the department and assist it to be in compliance with statute.

Once funding is available, Oklahoma Forestry Services will process an electronic fund transfer directly to the department. Grant payments may be split into two or more payments, depending on the availability of state funds.

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

George Geissler, State Forester

Mark Goeller, Fire Management Chief

Oklahoma Forestry Services
2800 N Lincoln Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73105

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