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Act 833 Funding

Grants to Arkansas Nonprofit and Municipal Fire Departments
for Training, Facilities, and Equipment Purchases

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Arkansas Department of Emergency Management - Office of Fire Protection Services

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06/30/19 Midnight Receipt or Postmarked by Date


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Grants to Arkansas rural nonprofit and municipal fire departments to improve firefighting capacity. Qualifying departments may request support for training costs, facilities, and equipment purchases. Funding is intended for improvements to qualified fire departments and not for daily operational funding for fire departments. All expenditures using Act 833 funds must be directly related to firefighting capabilities.

Act 833 certified fire departments and active firefighters are required to train a minimum of sixteen (16) hours per year of certifiable training meeting the standards of the Arkansas Fire Training Academy. Full time firefighters (those who work for more than one year or exceeding a cumulative time of 2,912 compensated hours) must satisfactorily complete a training program administered or approved by the AFTA.

Firefighting Training (approved courses only):
- Allowable training that is approved by the Arkansas Fire Protection Services Board.
- Allowable items include (but not limited to) classes, training videos or CDs, projectors, internet service, computers or any justified expense under this section.
- Training tuition, travel and lodging/meals are allowable expenses for certified training classes only. Tuition, travel and lodging will NOT be paid for out of state classes if those classes are available in-state.
- Classes must be approved by AFTA prior to enrollment/attendance.
- Textbooks for any certified training course or accredited degree program directly related to firefighting shall be an allowable expense.
- Travel and lodging meals will be paid at the federal per diem rate for the venue in which training is held
- Meals and lodging expenses
- Mileage expenses

Procurement of New or Modernization of Current Firefighting Equipment:
-Preventive maintenance, maintenance and refurbishment items are permissible.
-Allowable items include (but not limited to) batteries, filters fuel, oil, tires, parts, bunker gear, SCBA’s, hose, appliances, tools or any justified expense under this section.
-Fuel expenses are allowed for fire apparatus only, and should have the vehicle/unit designator- members name on the invoice.

Capital expenditures and/or security pledges (ten (10) years or less): to be used in the financing of firefighting equipment, initial capital construction, or improvement of fire departments. Allowable items include (but not limited to) purchase of property, construction of stations, firefighting apparatus or any justified expense under this section. Insurance for Buildings and Utility Costs are also eligible.

For a list of allowable expenditures, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174576

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Department Types:
1. Rural Nonprofit: formed as a nonprofit corporation
2. Municipal: formed by municipality ordinance

Department Classification:
1. Volunteer: unpaid firefighters
2. Paid: salaried/hourly-wage firefighters
3. Paid on Call: Firefighters are paid per response or activity (it is considered pay if it is $20 or more per call (DFA GR 31.1) or more than $5,000 annually).
4. Combination: mixture of volunteer and paid firefighters

Note: A Municipal Department is governed by a City Council and a Rural or Fire District Department is governed by a Board of Directors.

Departments must have a minimum of six (6) active firefighters that meet the training requirements (Act 808 of 2009) from January 1, 2018– December 31, 2018 to qualify for 2019 funds.

For a list of unallowable expenses, see:

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by June 30, 2019.

Applications must be postmarked no later than June 30th of each funding year. Applications may be emailed or faxed, however must be in Kendell Snyder's inbox by midnight on June 30th. Any application received after the deadline date will not be funded.

All applications returned for corrections after the closing date of the funding year will have fifteen (15) days to get the corrected application back to ADEM to qualify for funds or application will not be funded.

Rural and Fire Protection Districts must have three (3) signatures (Fire Chief, County Fire Coordinator, and County Judge). Municipal Departments must have signatures by Fire Chief and Mayor.

Contact Information:

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

To request access to the portal:

Kendell Snyder
P: (501) 683-6781
F: (501) 683-7890

Office of Fire Protection Services:
C/O Arkansas Fire Protection Service Board &
Office of Fire Protection Services
Arkansas Department of Emergency Management
Building #9501 - Camp Joseph T. Robinson
North Little Rock, Arkansas 72199-9600

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