There are numerous ways to obtain funding or grants for your department. The possible resources listed below are constantly changing. Grants offered from a funding source are usually for a specific project the granting agency believes is important. These important priorities will change over time, making most funding sources only temporary. Grants should always be viewed as an extra or a gift, and never used as a primary funding source. Searching for external funding sources can be a time-consuming and frustrating activity. No one ever gets everything for which they apply. Do not get discouraged by rejection. Each rejection is an opportunity to learn why your application was rejected and help you learn how to write a better grant proposal.
The Ohio is one of the few states that offers funding on an annual basis specifically for EMS agencies. The additional resources listed below may give you ideas on where to look for funding as well as help with the grant writing process. Since priorities for funding are constantly changing, it is advised that you visit the funding agencies’ websites for the most recent grant information.
Ohio EMA offers homeland security funding and preparedness grants.
BWC uses the Firefighter Exposure to Environmental Elements Grant (FEEEG) program to partner with Ohio employers to minimize exposure to dangerous environmental elements. The program is available to eligible Ohio firefighter employers who wish to purchase the following qualified/allowed items for optimal protection against these exposures:
Grants.gov is the federal government’s main source for all federal funding information and applying for all federal grants.
The Ohio Fire Marshal’s Office offers grant funding to Ohio fire services for firefighter training, equipment and data reporting, as well as offering a loan program to small governments. The training offered though the Ohio Fire Marshal’s Office is for fire operations only and does not include EMS.
This grant is for communities with a population under 10,000, and may be used for the formation of new fire departments, MARCS radios, federal surplus firefighting apparatus and personal protective gear.
This site contains information on financial assistance available from the U.S. Fire Administration/FEMA for fire departments and other first responders, including the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program and the State Fire Training Systems Grant.
Provides grants and low interest loans for fire, rescue and police operations to communties with a population of less than 20,000.
Email the Grants Section, or call (614) 466-9447 or (800) 233-0785.