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Unconventional Gas Well Drilling Grant (Act 13)

Grant Application

The grant period for 2018 opened May 14, 2018 and closed July 13, 2018. The Grant Application is available online in May and closes at the end of June/early July each year.

The Pennsylvania State Fire Academy (PSFA) under the authority of the Office of the State Fire Commissioner (OSFC) is pleased to announced the 2018 Act 13 of 2012 Unconventional Gas Well Drilling (UGWD) Grant program

Eligible Organizations

The UGWD provides grants for volunteer and career fire, emergency medical services, and rescue companies throughout the 40 counties of Pennsylvania where unconventional gas well drilling has been permitted, or those counties that directly border the permitted counties and who respond to gas well related emergencies. You may apply for a grant in only one of the three eligible program projects.

Marcellus Shale Gas Well Activity by County (PDF)

Eligible Projects

  • Certification - Obtaining professional National Certification for members.
  • Equipment - Purchase of firefighting, emergency medical, rescue, or air monitoring equipment used on, or related to, an unconventional gas well pad emergency response.  All equipment purchased through the grant program will include training on the equipment provided at no additional costs to the grant recipients(s).
  • Training - Training classes and required educational materials paid for with Program funds must be PSFA approved curriculum, and meet a predetermined minimum class size.

The grant program provides Act 13 UGWD Grant Program Guidance and makes use of an online grant application available for all eligible applicants. Based on applicant and project criteria, PSFA staff reviews and approves or disapproves all applications, processes signed grant agreements and authorizes dispersal of grant funds.  Final grant reports are reviewed for compliance with project description and program guidelines. 

Distribution of grant funds will be based on a rating system. The rating system will consider the number of grant applications received, and the total amount of funds requested by all applicants.  Grant awards are prorated by the following point system: Requested by a single entity: one point awarded, joint project with two or more entities, one additional point awarded per additional entity (up to maximum of 5 points). Grant funds for a single application and project cannot exceed $4,000.  For a joint project that includes a single application with up to four (4) cooperating organizations, the grant amount cannot exceed $6,000.

Only the entity submitting the grant application will be awarded the grant funds for the requested project that benefits each cooperating eligible entity. Eligible entities may only appear/apply on one application. Grant awards will be no less than $2,000.

An eligible entity that is delinquent in loan payments to the Pennsylvania Volunteer Loan Assistance Program (VLAP), or who is not compliant with the Fire and Volunteer Ambulance Grant Program (FVAGP), or is not reporting to PennFIRS is not eligible to apply for an Act 13 grant pursuant to this program.

For more information, you can contact us at: 

Pennsylvania State Fire Academy
1150 Riverside Drive
Lewistown, PA 17044
Phone: 717-247-3753, or email