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FY20 Fire Protection Grant

Grants to New Mexico Fire Departments for Capital
Improvements and Critical Equipment Purchases

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New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC)

Deadline Date:

11/01/19 5:00 PM


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Grants to New Mexico state-certified fire departments for capital improvements and to purchase needed equipment. Funding may be used for facility construction, land acquisition, major facility improvements, single large, infrastructure project, structural apparatus, and other critical needs.

Two levels of grants are available: Individual department grants; and County-wide project grants.

Critical Needs: Departments may apply for only one project in only one critical needs category listed

  • Fire apparatus/equipment
  • PPE (structural, wildland, SCBA)
  • Communications
  • Facility Construction/Improvement
  • Training 
  • Water
  • Need that will clearly will have significant impact on ISO Public Protection Classification

Selection Criteria may be found at

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174281

Estimated Size of Grant:

1. The maximum amount awarded to a single applicant (either an Individual Department Grant or a County-wide Project Grant) will not exceed $200,000 for the following projects:
- Facility construction
- Major facility improvements
- Land acquisition
- Single large infrastructure project
- Structural Apparatus
2. The maximum amount awarded to a single applicant (either an Individual Department Grant or a County-wide Project Grant) will not exceed $100,000 for all other critical needs, but only one single project will be awarded.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

1. All fire departments currently certified and funded by the New Mexico State Fire Marshal’s Office are eligible to apply for an Individual Department Grant.
2. County Administrative Offices having administrative responsibility for more than one district/department may apply for a County-wide Project Grant as long as each district within the County is compliant with the requirements of the grant application, (i.e., NFIRS, Pump Tests, etc.). The county-wide project must benefit all the departments within the County. Note: A County Administrative Office applying for a grant does not prevent departments within the County from applying for an Individual Department Grant.
3. Grant applications must not be contingent on another grant award.
4. Joint applications will not be considered.
5. Only one grant application per jurisdiction may be submitted.
6. Any fire department that is awarded a grant and consequently loses its qualification to participate in the Fire Protection Funding process shall return the apparatus and/or equipment to the State Fire Marshal for redistribution as per 59A-53 NMSA 1978 and Title 10 Chapter 25 Part 10 of the NMAC.

Minimum Requirements:

NFIRS Reporting:
All applicants shall be in compliance with the reporting requirements of the New Mexico State Fire Marshal’s Office utilizing the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) per 59A-52 NMSA 1978 and Title 10 Chapter 25 Part 10 of the NMAC. Applicants with delinquent NFIRS reports for the period of July 2018 to June 2019 at the time the application period closes will not be considered.

Pump Testing:
All rated fire pumps shall undergo annual pump tests to ensure proper function and firefighter safety; therefore, the applicants must provide evidence that apparatus pump tests are conducted on each apparatus with rated fire pumps by documenting results in a Pump Test Data Log and verified in an Affidavit signed by the Fire Chief and notarized.

- All annual pump tests shall be in accordance with NFPA 1901 and the Insurance Service Office (ISO) requirements.

- A Pump Test Data Log must be completed as part of the application.

- A notarized Affidavit signed by the Fire Chief must be uploaded with the application. The Affidavit is to verify that three years of pump test records exist for each apparatus with a rated fire pump, are on file with the department and are available for SFMO inspection upon request. A .pdf file of the Affidavit is available on the Grant website and must be uploaded with the application. Note: Notary signature and seal must be clear and legible. Falsified affidavits may result in forfeiture of funds and future grant consideration.

Pre-Application Information:

- The New Mexico Fire Protection Grant Council will begin accepting applications for the FY20 grant cycle on Monday, September 2, 2019.
- The deadline to submit the application on the web-site is no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, November 1, 2019. A confirmation number will be issued at the time of submittal.

Minimum matching funds
- Grant requests of $10,000 or less require no matching commitment;
- Grant requests of $10,001 to $50,000 require a 5% commitment;
- Grant requests of $50,001 to $100,000 require a 10% commitment; and
- Grant requests of $100,001 to $200,000 require a 20% commitment.

Preliminary project specifications, (i.e., scope of work, concept drawings) must be submitted with the application. Applications submitted without preliminary project specifications will not be considered. Applicants are encouraged to contact the SFMO for guidance on what is required by NFPA or ISO prior to submitting.

Contact Information:

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

Online application will be available September 2, 2019 on the URL for Full Text below.

For additional information, please contact:
Randy Varela
Deputy Fire Marshal Fire Service Support Bureau

New Mexico Public Regulation Commission
P.O. Box 1269
1120 Paseo de Peralta
Santa Fe, NM 87504-1269

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