Ohio Department of Commerce, Division of State Fire Marshal (SFM)
Grants to Ohio fire departments to reimburse the cost of firefighter training courses. Funding may be requested to cover equipment fees, book costs, and administrative fees associated with qualifying certification classes. The student shall not be assessed any additional costs for this course.
This grant provides funding in State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2018 to pay for the costs of providing Firefighter I or Firefighter I Transition certification courses free of charge at SFM approved class providers. By partnering with eligible class providers, it is the goal of the SFM to ease the costs to local governments, promote shared services and broaden the availability of these courses throughout the state.
GrantWatch ID#: 163054
The SFM may award grants to approved class providers at that class provider’s current tuition rate(s) up to $1,000 per student for the Firefighter I Transition level course and up to $1,400 per student for the Firefighter I course.
This grant provides funding in State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2018 (ending June 30, 2018).
Courses must be commenced on or after July 1, 2017. Courses must be completed by May 1, 2018.
Minimum Conditions for Eligibility:
To be eligible for the Firefighter I Training Grant Program, class providers shall have the following:
1. A valid Ohio Department of Public Safety – Division of Emergency Medical Service Fire Charter at the Firefighter I Level in accordance with Ohio Revised Code (ORC) 4765.55 and Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) 4765.11 and one of the following:
a. In the two years preceding the application, the class provider shall have instructed at least one of the following courses: Firefighter I, Firefighter I Transition, and/or Firefighter II; or
b. The class provider is partnering with the Ohio Fire Academy to provide Firefighter I, Firefighter I Transition, and/or Firefighter II at that charter’s location or the Ohio Fire Academy.
A copy of the charter shall be included with the application.
2. A current status of good standing with the Ohio Department of Public Safety – Division of Emergency Medical Services; Class provider is not under any sanctions.
3. A burn building facility, acquired structure, or an agreement for such a facility for conducting live fire training that complies with National Fire Protection Association, NFPA 1403 Standard on Live Fire Training Evolutions. A copy of the applicable agreement for an acquired structure or facility shall be included with the application. (If the class provider does not have a written agreement, affirm in the certification, in Section IX. of the application document, that the class provider meets this requirement.)
4. Compliance with Ohio Environmental Protection Agency – Open Burning Regulations, OAC 3745-19, if utilizing an acquired structure for live fire training.
Grant funding will be dispersed to compliant course providers on a first come first serve basis.
Under no circumstances will the SFM accept grant payment request forms postmarked after April 1, 2018 or until funds are exhausted.
Eligibility notification will be mailed within ten (10) business days of receipt of a Grant Application. Grant award payments will be mailed within twenty (20) business days of receipt of a Grant Payment Request form or Final Roster Submission.
Upon submission of the Grant Payment Request form as provided below and after the SFM determines funds are available, 100% of the funds for students of eligible approved courses are reserved and half (50%) of the approved funds are disbursed. The remaining half (50%) is disbursed upon the submission of a final class roster and any other documentation as requested by the SFM.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Ohio Department of Commerce
ATTN: Julie Riffle
P.O. Box 4009
6606 Tussing Rd.
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068