GRANT & REVOLVING LOAN PROGRAMS

Firefighter I Training Grant

This grant provides funding to pay for the costs of providing Firefighter I or Firefighter I Transition certification courses free of charge to select students by 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.

To apply for the Firefighter I grant, click here. Please submit the application to Ohio Department of Commerce, Fiscal East, ATTN: Julie Riffle, P.O. Box 4009, 6606 Tussing Rd., Reynoldsburg, OH 43068.

Contact: 1-800-515-0023 or CommerceGrants@com.state.oh.us

Volunteer Firefighter I Training Grant

The State Fire Marshal, through partnering with the Bureau of Worker’s Compensation, has provided grant funding for the FY 2017 State Fire Marshal Volunteer Firefighter I Training Grant. This grant allocates funding to pay for the costs of providing Firefighter I or Firefighter I Transition certification courses free of charge to “select students” by 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. Note: “Select students” are volunteer firefighters affiliated, as members, with fire departments that pay premiums (or local jurisdictions that pay on behalf of the fire department) to the Bureau of Worker’s Compensation state insurance fund.

Contact: 1-800-515-0023 or CommerceGrants@com.state.oh.us

Fire Department Training Reimbursement Grant

Fire Departments that provide primary fire protection to an area with a permanent population of 25,000 or less qualify for the grant. Reimbursement is available for specific fire training classes, including the cost of training manuals and student workbooks up to the maximum amount that is authorized. Only the following classes will be covered by the grant: Volunteer Firefighter, Firefighter I Transition, Firefighter I, Firefighter II Transition, Firefighter I & II (combined), Certified Fire Safety Inspector. The following Ohio Fire Academy Courses will be covered by the grant: Fire Officer I, Fire Officer 2, Emergency Vehicle Operations, Structural Fire Attack 101, Training In Acquired Structures, Understanding Fire Behavior (Mobile Fire Lab), Mobile Driving Simulation Lab. Training grants awards are subject to availability of funds. The State Fire Marshal Training Reimbursement Grant application period is open from December thru the end of January each year. Click here to apply.

Contact: Jay Clevenger at (614) 752-7208 or toll free (888) 726-7731 or James.Clevenger@com.state.oh.us

Grants Awarded:Calendar Year 2017,Calendar Year 2016,Calendar Year 2015,Calendar Year 2014,Calendar Year 2013,Calendar Year 2012, Calendar Year 2011, Calendar Year 2010, Calendar Year 2009, Calendar Year 2008, Calendar Year 2007 (PDF)

MARCS Grant

The MARCS Grant is available to fire departments that serve 25,000 or less. The money can be used to purchase the systems, equipment, and/or services that are a part of, integrated into, or otherwise interoperable with the Multi-Agency Radio Communication System (MARCS) operated by the State of Ohio with respect to providing fire protection services. Up to $50,000 per department is available through this grant. Fire departments can apply for this grant as a single agency or as part of a county-wide or regional effort.

To apply for the grant, click here.

Award and non-award notifications will be forwarded in early 2019.

Contact: 1-800-515-0023 or CommerceGrants@com.state.oh.us

Grants Awarded: 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

National Fire Academy (NFA)

These funds are made available by the National Fire Academy and are administered by the Ohio Fire Academy to support training initiatives of NFA courses in four categories: Delivery of NFA hand-off courses in State and local areas; Delivery of selected NFA regional and direct delivery courses; Endorsement Program courses; and Chief Officer Training Curriculum.

The Ohio Fire Academy is responsible for applying for the grant from the National Fire Academy. The Ohio Fire Academy then provides lower cost or free education to Ohio firefighters.

Contact: Jack Smith at (888) 726-7731 or jack.smith@com.state.oh.us

Grants Awarded: 2009, 2008 (PDF)

Revolving Loan

The Small Government Fire Department Services Revolving Loan Program was created by the General Assembly to assist local governments in funding certain fire department major related expenses. A revolving loan can be used to expedite the purchase of major firefighting, rescue or EMS equipment. It can also be used for the construction or renovation of fire department buildings. Applications are posted mid December through the end of January annually. The 2018 Revolving Application period is now open thru January 31, 2018.

To apply for the Small Government Fire Department Services Revolving Loan , click here. Please submit the application to: Please submit the application to Ohio Department of Commerce, Fiscal East, ATTN: Julie Riffle, P.O. Box 4009, 6606 Tussing Rd., Reynoldsburg, OH 43068.

Award and non-award notifications will be forwarded in Summer 2018

Contact: 1-800-515-0023 or CommerceGrants@com.state.oh.us

Loans Awarded: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 (PDF)

Volunteer Firefighter Assistance (VFA) Grant (formerly RCFA Grant)

The VFA Grant program is a cooperative effort between the Division of State Fire Marshal’s Ohio Fire Academy and the Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Forestry. The grant supports training for firefighters who serve rural communities of 10,000 residents or fewer. Successful VFA grant applicants may receive full waivers of tuition and dormitory fees for certain courses. Funds do not cover meals or transportation/mileage. Support for this program is provided, in part, through a federal grant via the U.S. Forest Service and is matched by the Ohio Fire Academy. Grants are allocated on a first-come, first serve basis. Generally, a fire department may receive one scholarship per class for one student. However, multiple grants for a single class may be offered if funds are available. The maximum amount of an eligible agency is $1,500 per grant cycle.

Contact: webofa@com.state.oh.us or 614-752-7196

Grants Awarded: 2009, 2008 (PDF)

Fire Department Equipment Grant

The Division of State Fire Marshal makes the Fire Department Equipment Grant available to qualifying fire departments. Allowable equipment within the grant includes protective clothing, SCBA, communications equipment and other miscellaneous equipment. Eligible fire departments must serve a population of less than 25,000, be in compliance with the Volunteer Firefighter Dependents Fund outlined in Ohio Revised Code 146, and have submitted incident fire reports for the designated year. The 2016 State Fire Marshal Equipment Grant application period is now open thru January 31, 2018. House Bill 119 provides money for the ongoing grant.

Contact: 1-800-515-0023 or CommerceGrants@com.state.oh.us

Grants Awarded: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 (PDF)

Grants Modification for Fiscal Year 2011