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The Ohio Department of Commerce Division of State Fire Marshal (SFM) is pleased to announce the availability of grant funding for eligible fire departments across the State of Ohio.The electronic grant application can be submitted here.

Learn more information about the Grants and Revolving Loan Program


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. Grant award and non-award notifications will be forwarded in the spring of each year


Fire 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 authorized. Training grant awards are subject to availability of funds. Grant award and non-award notifications will be forwarded in the spring of each year. 

Individual and Joint Fire Department Equipment Grant

The Division of State Fire Marshal makes the Fire Department Individual 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 25,000 or less, be in compliance with the Volunteer Firefighters’ Dependents Fund outlined in Ohio Revised Code 146, and have submitted incident fire reports for the previous year. Grant award and non-award notifications will be forwarded in the spring of each year.

Multi-Agency Radio Communication System (MARCS) Grant

In an effort to help provide Ohio’s fire departments the resources they need to effectively and safely serve the public, the Division of State Fire Marshal is pleased to provide the MARCS Grant. The MARCS Grant was made available to assist fire departments that serve a population of 25,000 or less to purchase systems, equipment, and/ or services that are a part of, integrated into, or otherwise interoperable with the Multi-Agency Radio Communications System operated by the State of Ohio with respect to provide fire protections services. Grant award and non-award notifications will be forwarded in the spring of each year.

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 at approved class providers. By partnering with eligible class providers, it is the goal of the Division of State Fire Marshal to ease the costs to local governments, promote shared services and broaden the availability of these courses throughout the state. Grant funding is limited to $500,000 statewide and will be dispersed to compliant course providers on a first come first serve basis.