Unconventional Gas Well Fund Grant Program
The Pennsylvania State Fire Academy (PSFA) under the authority of the Office of the State Fire Commissioner (OSFC) offers the Act 13 of 2012 Unconventional Gas Well Fund (UGWF) Grant Program.
The Act 13 UGWF Grant Program Results have been announced for 2020.
Grant Planning Information
The grant application typically is available online for 60 days beginning in May and closing in July each year.
Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Grant opened June 1, 2020.
See recent Act 13 UGWF Grant Program results:
Important dates include:
- June 1, 2020 -- The 2020 Act 13 UGWF Grant application period opens. Applications are only available and accepted online.
- July 31, 2020 -- The application period closes at 4:00 PM.
- September 30, 2020 -- PSFA/OSFC must approve or disapprove all 2020 Act 13 UGWF Grant applications. All notifications will be made by email after this date.
- November 30, 2020 -- Signed grant agreements must be returned to PSFA.
- January 21, 2021 -- Project modification requests must be returned to PSFA.
- February 26, 2021 -- The final report of grant completion for the 2020 Act 13 UGWF Grant year must be completed and returned.
The Act 13 UGWF Grant Program provides grants for volunteer and career fire, emergency medical services, and rescue companies throughout the 40 counties of Pennsylvania (PDF) 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: certification, equipment, or training. (*See more information below.)
If a grant eligible entity is not currently compliant with this Act 13 Grant Program or the Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program (FCEMSGP); is delinquent in loan payments to the Pennsylvania Volunteer Loan Assistance Program (VLAP); or is not reporting to the Pennsylvania Fire Information Reporting System (PennFIRS); then the entity is not eligible to apply for this 2020 Act 13 Grant Program.
- 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 recipient(s).
- Training: Training classes and required educational materials paid for with Act 13 UGWF Grant Program funds must be PSFA approved curriculum, and meet a predetermined minimum class size.
Application and Review Process
The grant program provides 2020 Act 13 UGWF Grant Program Guidance (PDF) and offers an online grant application 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 Program Rating System
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.
For more information about this program, contact the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy by email or phone at 717-247-3747.
The academy is located at:
Pennsylvania State Fire Academy
1150 Riverside Drive
Lewistown, PA 17044