On behalf of Governor Tom Wolf, State Fire Commissioner Tim Solobay invites all fire companies and volunteer ambulance services throughout Pennsylvania to submit an application for the Fire Company, Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program (program) for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2016. The program has been reauthorized for four (4) years and increased to $30 million.
The on-line application opens September 7, 2016 at the State Fire Commissioner's website www.osfc.state.pa.us and remains open for 45 days and will close at 4:00 p.m. on October 21, 2016. The maximum grant request amounts are $15,000.00 for fire companies and $10,000.00 for volunteer ambulance services, but not less than $2,500 for both.
Fire companies and volunteer ambulance services may apply for a grant in up to two of the four eligible program categories. The fiscal year grants for the 2016-17 grant program guidelines are now available for download on the OFSC’s webpage at www.osfc.state.pa.us . Volunteer fire companies that also provide volunteer ambulance service are eligible to apply for both a volunteer fire company grant and a volunteer ambulance service grant. Organizations meeting the following definitions will be considered for grant eligibility:
- Fire Company - A volunteer fire company or a municipal fire company located in this Commonwealth
- Volunteer Fire Company - A nonprofit chartered corporation, association or organization located in this Commonwealth which provides fire protection or rescue services and which may offer other voluntary emergency services within this Commonwealth. Voluntary emergency services provided by a volunteer fire company may include voluntary ambulance and voluntary rescue services. (Grant awards shall be not less than $2,500 and not more than $15,000 for each eligible volunteer fire company.)
- Volunteer Ambulance Service - Any nonprofit chartered corporation, association or organization located in this Commonwealth, which is licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and is not associated or affiliated with any hospital and which is regularly engaged in the provision of emergency medical services, including basic life support or advanced life support services and the transportation of patients within this Commonwealth. (Grant awards shall be not less than $2,500 and not more than $10,000 per volunteer ambulance service.)
- Volunteer Rescue Companies - A nonprofit chartered corporation, association or organization located in this Commonwealth that provides rescue services as part of the response to fires and/or vehicle accidents within this Commonwealth. (Grant awards shall be not less than $2,500 and not more than $15,000 for each eligible volunteer rescue company.)
Requests for funding for a combination of up to two projects in the following eligible categories may be submitted for consideration with each grant application:
- Construction and/or renovation of the fire company's or ambulance service’s facility and purchase or repair of fixtures and furnishings necessary to maintain or improve the capability of the company to provide fire, ambulance and rescue services.
- Purchase or repair of firefighting, ambulance or rescue equipment.
- Debt reduction associated with the facility (1) or equipment (2) categories above.
- Training and certification of members.
- Training and education materials regarding fire prevention for the general public..
- Career Departments Only: Overtime costs associated with backfilling positions while firefighters are attending training (available for Fire Companies only)..
Grants to eligible Fire Companies will be contingent on their agreeing to participate in and report information using the Pennsylvania Fire Information Reporting System (PennFIRS).
All fire company grant awards will be calculated using a basic award which will be a portion of the applicant's grant request (the amount of this basic award will be a predetermined, standard amount for all applicants based on the total amount of the grant requests and the grant funds available), plus an additional award representing all or a portion of the remainder of their request which will be determined by applying an award factor based on bonus points as described in the program guidelines. If necessary, the “additional award” portion of the grant will be prorated so that total grant awards do not exceed the total grant funds available. Volunteer fire company grants to individual volunteer fire companies shall not exceed $15,000.
Grant awards to volunteer ambulance services will be prorated so that total grant awards do not exceed the total grant funds available. Volunteer ambulance service grants to individual volunteer ambulance services shall not exceed $10,000.
As in last year's application process, applicants will be required to provide a detailed itemized statement of how the requested funds are to be spent. This list of proposed expenditures must account for all of the funding requested.
This program eGrant application is intended to make the grant application/award process easier for everyone concerned. It is strongly recommended that you use this application process to file your grant application. Online grant help is available throughout the application process by clicking on “Application Assistance.” We suggest that you access the instructions and study them before beginning your grant application.
Since information regarding your grant application will be sent to you via email, it is extremely important that you keep all of your contact information current in this eGrant system. Use the “Edit Your User Profile” link on the Application Main Menu page to keep your information up to date so that you are notified of any change regarding your application’s status.
A paper application form is available upon written request, if you don't have internet access, by contacting:Elmerton Avenue
OSFC Grant Program
Harrisburg, PA 17110