Grant Details

Ohio State Fire Marshall Training and Equipment Grants (Ohio)

 
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    CFDA#

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    Funder Type

    State Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award

    Authority

    Ohio Department of Commerce

    Summary

    The Ohio Department of Commerce Division of State Fire Marshal (SFM) provides annual grant funding for the following programs: 

    • Firefighter I Training Grant - This grant provides funding to pay for the costs of providing Firefighter I or Firefighter I Transition certification courses free of charge to select students by SFM approved class providers. By partnering with eligible class providers, it is the goal of the SFM to ease the costs to local governments, promote shared services and broaden the availability of these courses throughout the state.
    • Fire Department Training Reimbursement Grant - Fire Departments that provide primary fire protection to an area with a permanent population of 25,000 or less qualify for the grant. Reimbursement is available for specific fire training classes, including the cost of training manuals and student workbooks up to the maximum amount that is authorized. Only the following classes will be covered by the grant: Volunteer Firefighter, Firefighter I Transition, Firefighter I, Firefighter II Transition, Firefighter I & II (combined), Certified Fire Safety Inspector. The following Ohio Fire Academy Courses will be covered by the grant: Fire Officer I, Fire Officer 2, Emergency Vehicle Operations, Structural Fire Attack 101, Training In Acquired Structures, Understanding Fire Behavior (Mobile Fire Lab), Mobile Driving Simulation Lab.
    • MARCS Grant - The MARCS Grant is available to fire departments that serve 25,000 or less. The money can be used to purchase the systems, equipment, and/or services that are a part of, integrated into, or otherwise interoperable with the Multi-Agency Radio Communication System (MARCS) operated by the State of Ohio with respect to providing fire protection services.
    • Revolving Loan - The Small Government Fire Department Services Revolving Loan Program was created by the General Assembly to assist local governments in funding certain fire department major related expenses. A revolving loan can be used to expedite the purchase of major firefighting, rescue or EMS equipment. It can also be used for the construction or renovation of fire department buildings.
    • Volunteer Firefighter Assistance (VFA) Grant (formerly RCFA Grant) - The VFA Grant program is a cooperative effort between the Division of State Fire Marshal's Ohio Fire Academy and the Department of Natural Resources' Division of Forestry. The grant supports training for firefighters who serve rural communities of 10,000 residents or fewer. Successful VFA grant applicants may receive full waivers of tuition and dormitory fees for certain courses. Funds do not cover meals or transportation/mileage. Support for this program is provided, in part, through a federal grant via the U.S. Forest Service and is matched by the Ohio Fire Academy.
    • Fire Department Equipment Grant - The Division of State Fire Marshal makes the Fire Department Equipment Grant available to qualifying fire departments. Allowable equipment within the grant includes protective clothing, SCBA, communications equipment and other miscellaneous equipment. Eligible fire departments must serve a population of less than 25,000, be in compliance with the Volunteer Firefighter Dependents Fund outlined in Ohio Revised Code 146, and have submitted incident fire reports for the designated year.
     

    History of Funding

    Grants awarded for each program area are available to view at: https://www.com.ohio.gov/fire/grants.aspx.

    Additional Information

    Individual application documents can be accessed at the State Fire Marshal Grant Programs page at https://www.com.ohio.gov/fire/grants.aspx.

    Contacts

    Division of State Fire Marshal

    Division of State Fire Marshal
    8895 East Main Street
    Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
    (614) 752-8200

    Department of Commerce Grants Staff

    Department of Commerce Grants Staff
    77 South High Street, 23rd Floor
    Columbus, OH 43215
    1-800-515-0023

    Jay Clevenger

    Jay Clevenger
    77 South High Street, 23rd Floor
    Columbus, OH 43215
    (614) 752-7208
     

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligibility varies by program area, but is generally limited to Ohio fire departments.

    Deadline Details

    Grant deadlines vary based on program area. 

    • Firefighter I Training Grant - The application period opens every July.
    • Fire Department Training Reimbursement Grant - The State Fire Marshal Training Reimbursement Grant application period opens every December.
    • MARCS Grant - The application period opens every fall.
    • Revolving Loan - The Revolving Loan application period opens every winter.
    • Volunteer Firefighter Assistance (VFA) Grant (formerly RCFA Grant) - Applications are accepted throughout the year. Grants are allocated on a first-come, first serve basis.
    • Fire Department Equipment Grant - The State Fire Marshal Fire Department Equipment Grant application period will open in February.

    Award Details

    Award amounts vary by program area. 

    • Firefighter I Training Grant - Awards may be up to $1,100 per student for the Firefighter I Transition level course and up to $1,500 per student for the Firefighter I course.
    • Fire Department Training Reimbursement Grant - Reimbursement is available for specific fire training classes, including the cost of training manuals and student workbooks up to the maximum amount that is authorized.
    • MARCS Grant - Up to $50,000 per department is available through this grant.
    • Revolving Loan - Award amounts vary.
    • Volunteer Firefighter Assistance (VFA) Grant (formerly RCFA Grant) - The maximum amount of an eligible agency is $1,500 per grant cycle.
    • Fire Department Equipment Grant - Award amounts vary.

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