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Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services Grant Program

The application period for the 2021-2022 FCEMSGP is now open. We have extended the application period to Monday, October 25, 2021, at 4:00 PM.

*IMPORTANT UPDATE:  The deadline for spending the funds and submitting your final reports for the 2020-2021 grant has been extended to November 1, 2021. You can submit the final report electronically until September 1, 2021. After that date, you will need to submit your documentation via email to ra-vfcvasgp@pa.gov.

Annual Grant Program Application

The Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services Grant Program (FCEMSGP) makes an annual grant program available for volunteer and career fire companies, emergency medical services and rescue squads. The program provides grant eligibility information and makes an online grant application available for all eligible applicants.

Based on applicant and project criteria, 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.

GRANT APPLICATION

Eligible Organizations

The following organizations may be considered eligible for grant funding:

  • All fire companies
  • Emergency medical services
  • Volunteer rescue squads

Eligible Projects

Eligible organizations may apply for grant funding for a combination of up to two projects in the following categories:

  • Facilities:  Construction and/or renovation of the fire company's or ambulance service’s facility and purchase or repair of fixtures and furnishings necessary to maintain or improve the capability of the company to provide fire, ambulance and rescue services.
  • Equipment:  Purchase or repair of firefighting, ambulance, or rescue equipment. This includes the purchase of fuel for company vehicles.
  • Debt Reduction:  Debt reduction associated with the facility (1) or equipment (2) categories above.
  • Training:  Training and certification of members.
  • Training and Education:  Materials regarding fire prevention for the general public.
  • Career Departments Only:  Overtime costs associated with backfilling positions while firefighters are attending training.
  • Recruitment and Retention:  Including, but not limited to, volunteer firefighter length of service award programs and programs for minors.
  • Revenue Loss for Grant Issued in 2021 and 2022:  Funds may be used to supplement operational expenses incurred by the lack of opportunities for fundraising and the inability to create revenue due to compliance with measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • Construction Savings Account – Fire Companies Only:  A fire company may apply for a grant for the purpose of constructing a new facility. The grant funds shall be deposited into a Construction Savings Account. The account will be administered by the Commissioner. A fire company may only apply for a grant for up to 5 years. THIS PROJECT CANNOT BE AMENDED.

Application Availability and More

The 2021-2022 FCEMSGP grant application is available online September 8, 2021 through October 25, 2021 at 4:00 PM.

To be eligible to receive your awarded 2021-2022 grant, which will be determined in January 2022, your Fire/Rescue organization must report all incidents using PennFIRS, from January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021.

To maintain current and future fiscal year FCEMSGP eligibility, your organization must continue to report your incidents on a monthly basis.

FCEMSGP Resources

Contact Us

Please contact us at ra-vfcvasgp@pa.gov for additional information.