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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 (PDF)

The Act 13 UGWF Grant Program for 2019 opens May 20, 2019, and closes July 24, 2019.

During this timeframe, you can log in and apply for the grant.

Grant Planning Information

The grant application is available online for 60 days beginning in May and closing in July each year. 

Learn about 2018 Act 13 UGWF Grant application results (PDF).

Important dates include:

  • May 20, 2019 -- The 2019 Act 13 UGWF Grant application period opens. Applications are only available and accepted online.
  • July 24, 2019 -- The application period closes at 4:00 PM.
  • September 20, 2019 -- PSFA/OSFC must approve or disapprove all 2019 Act 13 UGWF Grant applications. All notifications will be made by email after this date.
  • December 18, 2019 -- Signed grant agreements must be returned to PSFA.
  • February 20, 2020 -- Project modification requests must be returned to PSFA.
  • March 20, 2020 -- The final report of grant completion for the 2019 Act 13 UGWF Grant year must be completed and returned.

Eligible Organizations

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.)

An eligible entity that is delinquent in loan payments to the Pennsylvania Volunteer Loan Assistance Program (VLAP), 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 UGWF Grant pursuant to this program.

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 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 2019 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.

Contact Information

For more information about this program, contact the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy by email or phone at 717-247-3752.

The academy is located at:

Pennsylvania State Fire Academy
1150 Riverside Drive
Lewistown, PA 17044