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Grant & Revolving Loan Programs

Grant & Revolving Loan Programs

Firefighter I Training Grant

This grant provides $500,000 annually in funding to pay for tuition and books for the Firefighter I or Firefighter I Transition training courses, making the courses free of charge.  By partnering with eligible class providers, it is the goal of the SFM to promote careers in firefighting, promote shared services, and broaden the availability of these courses throughout the state.

Apply

The application period opens every July. Summit the Training Grant Package to apply, funding is award to charters first come, first serve.

Contact Us

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 opens every December.

Apply

To apply for the grant, go to the grants application page.

Contact Us

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

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.

Apply

Fire departments can apply for this grant as a single agency or as part of a county-wide or regional effort.

The application period opens every Fall. To apply for the grant, go to the grants application page.

Contact Us

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

 

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. The Revolving Loan application period opens every winter.

Apply

Please submit the Small Government Fire Department Services Revolving Loan application to Ohio Department of Commerce, Fiscal East, ATTN: Ashley Campbell, P.O. Box 4009, 6606 Tussing Rd., Reynoldsburg, OH 43068.

Award and non-award notifications will be forwarded in late spring.

Contact Us

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

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 Us

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

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 State Fire Marshal Fire Department Equipment Grant application period will open in Winter. House Bill 119 provides money for the ongoing grant.

To apply for the grant, go to the grants application page.

Contact Us

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