Ohio Department of Commerce - Division of State Fire Marshal
Grants of up to $15,000 to Ohio local government agencies and fire departments to purchase equipment. Funding is available for communications equipment, personal protective clothing, SCBA, and other miscellaneous equipment. Qualifying fire departments serve communities with populations under 25,000.
The State Fire Marshal is accepting both Individual and Joint Equipment Grant applications.
Equipment Grant Scoring Criteria:
Based on the scoring system outlined below established by the State Fire Marshal, each eligible recipient will accumulate points based on specific information contained in their grant application. Applicants with the highest scores that meet eligibility requirements will be awarded grants based upon the availability of funds. In the event of a score tie, the available funds will be awarded according to the following priorities:
1. Eligible recipient with the lowest operating budget.
2. Eligible recipient with the largest protection area.
3. Eligible recipient with the largest population.
The scoring system generated for this grant cycle is calculated based upon the following:
1. Resident Population Protected: An increasing number of points are awarded for the total resident population protected up to 25,000 residents. Applicants consisting of “paid” fire departments serving, or joint fire districts primarily serving, municipal or township populations greater than 25,000 will not be considered.
2. Fire Protection Area Size: An increasing number of points are awarded based on the square mile protection area for which the eligible recipient provides primary fire protection. There is no limit to square mile protection area.
3. Operating Budget: The total operating budget for the 2016 calendar year is included in determining points awarded. There is no minimum or maximum budget requirement; however, smaller budgets generally receive more points.
4. Number of fire incidents/calls/responses requiring a NFIRS report: During the applicable calendar year, an increasing number of points are awarded for a higher number of structure, vehicle and wildland fire incidents/calls/responses requiring a NFIRS report responded to in the primary fire protection area. This number must be consistent with submitted NFIRS reports.
5. Equipment Requests: Equipment requests for protective clothing and SCBA will be awarded higher points than communications and other miscellaneous tools and equipment. If the eligible recipient does not apply for protective clothing and/or SCBA, the eligible recipient may still be awarded this grant.
6. If the eligible recipient received the SFM Equipment Grant the previous two years, points are deducted from the current application. This does not disqualify an eligible recipient; however, it is intended to reduce the chances of the same eligible recipient receiving this grant each year.
Funding may be used for the following:
Personal Protective Equipment:
-Helmet (NFPA 1971, 2018 edition)
-Eye Shields (NFPA 1971, 2018 edition)
-Nomex or PBI Hood (NFPA 1971, 2018 edition)
-Bunker Coats (NFPA 1971, 2018 edition)
-Bunker Pants & Suspenders (NFPA 1971, 2018 edition)
-Boots (NFPA 1971, 2018 edition)Gloves – firefighting (NFPA 1971, 2018 edition)
-Washer/Dryer Units (NFPA 1851, 2014 edition covers cleaning but does not specifically set a standard for W/D)
-Personal Alarm Safety System (PASS) Devices (NFPA 1982, 2013 edition)
-Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) (NFPA 1852, 2013 edition for Selection and NFPA 1981, 2013 edition for pack specs.)
-Individual SCBA Face piece (NFPA 1981, 2013 edition)
-SCBA Cylinders (NFPA 1981, 2013 edition)
-SCBA Voice Amplifiers (NFPA 1981, 2013 edition)
-SCBA Eye Glass Holders (NFPA 1981, 2013 edition)
-Portable Radio (P25 Compliant)
-Radio Interconnect System
-Portable Radio Support Equipment, including Battery Chargers and Battery Conditioners
-Mobile Radios for Fire Department vehicles (P25 Compliant)
-Rescue Saws/Chain SawsExtrication tools including spreaders, cutters, rams, etc. (N/A) (NFPA 1936, 2015 edition)
-Hand Tools (Halligans, axes, pry bars, etc.)
-Ropes (Rescue & Individual Safety and Hardware) (NFPA 1983, 2017 edition)
-Hose (NFPA 1961 Fire Hose, 2013 edition & 1963 Connectors, 2014 edition)
-Nozzles (NFPA 1964, 2013 edition)
-Smoke Ejector - PPV Blower / Fan
-Portable Fire Pumps
-Portable Water Tanks
-Thermal Imaging Camera (NFPA 1801, 2018 edition)
-Gas Monitoring DevicePortable lighting, lanterns, flashlights, etc.
GrantWatch ID#: 178975
The maximum amount of an award for each joint and individual grant application shall be $15,000 for equipment grants.
Additional funds may be available for jurisdictions where a natural disaster has occurred during the fiscal year.
Eligible recipients may also apply for up to $15,000 in training grants during the same state fiscal year as any equipment grants are awarded.
Grants are made to units of local government and fire departments.
Eligible fire departments must serve a population of less than 25,000, be in compliance with the Volunteer Firefighters’ Dependents Fund outlined in Ohio Revised Code 146, and have submitted incident fire reports for the previous calendar year.
Individual Equipment Grant:
Eligible recipients for equipment grants awarded under this rule shall meet at least one of the following eligibility criteria:
For purposes of the following eligibility requirements a small municipality or small township is defined as a “duly constituted municipality or village under Title 7 of the Revised Code or township under Title 5 of the Revised Code having a population of less than 25,000 permanent residents.”
1. Fire Department:
a. Must be organized by a township or municipal corporation under R.C. §§505.37, or 737.21;
b. Must serve one or more small municipal corporations or small townships; AND
c. The small municipal corporation and/or small townships that are being served by the fire department must sign the grant application. (A small municipal corporation or small township has a population of less than 25,000 permanent residents.)
2. Joint Fire District:
a. Must be organized under R.C. §§505.371 or 505.375;
b. Must primarily serve small municipal corporations and/ or small townships (as noted above a small township or municipal corporation has a population of less than 25,000 permanent residents).
3. Local Government Contracting for Fire Protection Services: Small municipalities or small townships (as noted above a small township or municipal corporation has a population of less than 25,000 permanent residents) contracting with a private fire company or another unit of local government for fire protection services. Local governments that operate their own Fire Department are not included in this category.
4. Local Government Operating a Fire Department: A township or municipal corporation providing fire protection services that is responsible for one of the following:
a. A volunteer fire department under R.C. §§ 505.37, or 737.21 in which at least one- half of the firefighters are volunteer firefighters; OR
b. A fire department under R.C. §§ 505.37 or 737.21 that serves small municipalities or small townships (as noted above a small township or municipal corporation has a population of less than 25,000 permanent residents); OR
c. A portion of a joint fire district comprised of volunteer departments that primarily serves small municipalities or small townships (as noted above a small township or municipal corporation has a population of less than 25,000 permanent residents).
5. Volunteer Fire Department:
a. Must be organized by a township or municipal corporation under sections Ohio Revised Code (R.C.) §§ 505.37, or 737.21;
b. At least one-half of the firefighters are volunteer firefighters.
Joint Equipment Grant:
This joint applicant equipment grant application is for the small townships and/or small municipal corporations that together intend to contract with the same fire department or private fire company for fire protection services to jointly apply for an equipment grant. A small municipal corporation includes a village. A small township or small municipal corporation has a population of less than 25,000 permanent residents.
The grant application must be submitted online on or before January 31, 2018.
Applications will be notified of results in the spring.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Individual Equipmnent Grant Application:
Joint Equipment Grant Application:
Julie Riffle, Senior Financial Analyst