California Consulting Releases List of Fire and Emergency Services Grants


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CalFire: Wildfire Prevention Grant

Deadline: January 10th, 2023 by 3pm PST

Amount: Max $5 Million

Funds for projects in and near fire threatened communities to improve public health and safety while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.


Leary Firefighters Foundation: Jeremiah Lucey Grant Program

Deadline: August 15, annually (LOI)

Amount: $2,500 to $25,000

Eligibility: Paid and volunteer fire departments

The Leary Firefighters Foundation is dedicated to enhancing fire departments across the United States. Through the Jeremiah Lucey Grant Program, the Foundation provides funding to paid and volunteer fire departments throughout the country in the following areas: training to enhance the professional development of departments; equipment, so that fire departments are outfitted with the best possible equipment to help keep firefighters and the communities they serve safe; and technology, to ensure that fire departments update along with technological advances.

FM Global Fire Prevention Grant Program 

Deadline: March 31, June 30, September 30 and December 31 annually  

Amount: $2,500 

Eligibility: Governmental unit or nonprofit program  

Through its Fire Prevention Grant Program, FM Global supports organizations in the United States working  to combat fire. Fire departments and brigades, as well as national, state, regional, local, and community  organizations can apply for funding to support a wide array of fire prevention, preparedness, and control  efforts, including pre-incident planning, fire prevention education and 

training, and arson prevention or fire  investigation. 

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation 

Deadlines: Grant Portal Opens the following dates for each quarter: Q3: July 13, 2023 Q4: October 12, 2023 (600 applications are accepted each quarter. Once they reach 600, the application window for that specific quarter closes) 

Amount: $15,000 to $25,000 

Eligibility: Public safety organizations, such as fire departments, law  

enforcement agencies, first responders, EMS organizations, nonprofit  

organizations and schools  

The mission of the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation is to impact  

the life-saving capabilities and the lives of local heroes and their  

communities. Support for public safety organizations in the communities  

served by Firehouse Subs restaurants across the country. Foundation's areas of interest include: 

Life-Saving Equipment The focus is on providing first responders with equipment to improve their life-saving capabilities. 

Disaster Relief The focus is on aiding and resources after natural and man-made disasters such as fire, tornadoes,  hurricanes, etc. 

Prevention Education The focus is on prevention educational tools to the public about the importance of fire safety, public safety, and natural disaster preparedness in order to prevent disasters in the home and community. 

Military and Local Heroes The focus is on organizations that benefit men and women of the military who have served their country in  any of the branches of the United States Uniformed Services. 

Scholarships and Continued Education The focus is on providing financial resources to accredited organizations to assist individuals pursuing a  career in the public safety sector. 


USDA Community Wildfire Defense

Deadline: October 31st, 2023

Amount:The maximum amount of Federal funding awarded to any one community or Tribe via this competitive process is:

  • $250,000 for the creation or updating of a Community Wildfire Protection Plan.
  • $10 million for a project described within a Community Wildfire Protection Plan less than 10 years old.
  • For planning purposes, the total Federal funding available through the CWDG competitive process could be up to $250 million for this second round.

Match: Yes

This program, which was authorized by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, prioritizes at-risk communities in an area identified as having high or very high wildfire hazard potential, are low-income, or have been impacted by a severe disaster that affects the risk of wildfire. More details on these three priorities can be found in the Notices of Funding Opportunity (NOFOs) below.  

The program provides funding to communities for two primary purposes:

  • Develop and revise Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPP).
  • Implement projects described in a Community Wildfire Protection Plan that is less than ten years old.

The Community Wildfire Defense Grant Program also helps communities in the wildland urban interface (WUI) implement the three goals of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy.

Restore and Maintain Landscapes: Landscapes across all jurisdictions are resilient to fire-related disturbances, in accordance with management objectives.

Create Fire Adapted Communities: Human populations and infrastructure can better withstand a wildfire without loss of life and property. 

Improve Wildfire Response: All jurisdictions participate in making and implementing safe, effective, efficient risk-based wildfire management decisions.

**Priority to disadvantaged communities


County Coordinator Grant Opportunity

Deadline: est Nov 2023

Amount: Up to 21 counties will receive a one-time, 18 month grant of $175,000.

The County Coordinator Grant Program is part of a larger effort by the California Fire Safe Council and our partners to develop local and regional capacity and coordination to encourage collaboration between all fire mitigation and emergency preparedness groups, as well as government agencies and stakeholders. Each County Coordinator will serve as a conduit of information and resources and provide active coordination and outreach efforts within their county.  


AFG-Assistance to Firefighters grant 

Deadline: Think January 2024

Amount: Approx. $162,000

Match: Yes, but exceptions if you meet a certain req.

Fire safety grants fund critically needed resources to equip and train emergency personnel, enhance efficiencies and support community resilience.


Rural Fire Capacity (RFC) Grant: 

Deadline: TBD, coming out in March 2024

Amount: $500 to $20,000

Match: 50%

Federally-funded grant program that allows California to provide local and rural fire departments with minor firefighting, training, communications and safety equipment for their volunteer firefighters. The RFC Program is not intended for major equipment (fire engines, vehicles, etc) or Capital repairs. The RFC Program has a 50/50 match requirement which means that the applying department must be able to meet the intended grant award, dollar for dollar. Awards for departments are set at a minimum of $500 with a maximum of $20,000. Amounts may be adjusted based on the grant funding available. 


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Fire Prevention and Safety

Deadline: March 2024

Amount: Max $1.5 Million

Match: Not Required

The Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grants are part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) and support projects that enhance the safety of the public and firefighters from fire and related hazards. The primary goal is to reduce injury and prevent death among high-risk populations. In 2005, Congress reauthorized funding for FP&S and expanded the eligible uses of funds to include Firefighter Safety Research and Development.


Staffing For Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER)

Deadline: Next Round est Spring 2024

Amount: $1.2M

Match: No

The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants (SAFER) was created to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to help them increase or maintain the number of trained, "front line" firefighters available in their communities.

The goal of SAFER is to enhance the local fire departments' abilities to comply with staffing, response and operational standards established by the NFPA (NFPA 1710 and/or NFPA 1720). For details, review the National Fire Protection Association's codes and standards.


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Rural Emergency Medical Services Training

Deadlines: FY 2024: Applications are due by May 1, 2024 FY 2025: Applications are due by May 1, 2025

Amount: Up to $200,000

Match: Yes

Eligibility: Rural emergency medical service agencies operated by a local or tribal government (fire-based

and non-fire based) and rural non-profit emergency medical service agencies

The purpose of this program is to recruit and train EMS personnel in rural areas with a particular focus on addressing substance use disorders (SUD) and co-occurring disorders (COD) substance use and mental disorders. Recipients will be expected to train EMS personnel on SUD and COD, trauma-informed, recovery-based care for people with such disorders in emergency situations and, as appropriate, to maintain licenses and certifications relevant to serve in an EMS agency.


CA Fire Foundation

Deadline: June 2024

Amount: $25,000

Match: No

California-based fire departments, firefighter associations, federally-recognized tribes, and local nonprofit organizations encouraged to apply! In this upcoming cycle, funding priority will be given to those applicants whose climate-driven wildfire and other disaster prevention or preparedness projects serve under-resourced communities at heightened wildfire risk or traditionally vulnerable populations.

Up to $25K available for each eligible project. In response to feedback and the needs of communities, the Foundation is excited to be able to offer larger awards in this cycle. Thanks to the generosity of our major funding partners, we anticipate funding impactful projects with extended reach -- projects that actively protect and enhance the public’s safety and the safety of California’s fire service first responders via:

  • Vegetation Mitigation & Fuels Reduction Efforts
  • Education, Planning and/or Community Outreach Campaigns
  • Personal Protective Equipment or Specialized Equipment Purchases

Community Wildfire Prevention and Mitigation

Deadline: 2024

Amount: up to $500,000

As part of the State of California’s effort to strengthen community-wide resilience against wildfires, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) has partnered with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) to develop a state home hardening initiative to retrofit, harden, and create defensible space for homes at high risk to wildfires, focusing on high socially-vulnerability communities and providing financial assistance for low- and moderate-income households. Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 38 in 2019 authorizing Cal OES and CAL FIRE to enter into a joint powers agreement to oversee the development and implementation of the Program.

Known as the Home Hardening Program, this effort encourages cost-effective wildfire resilience measures to create fire-resistant homes, businesses, public buildings, and public spaces. Mitigation measures such as home hardening, vegetation management, defensible space, and other fuel modification activities provide neighborhood or community-wide benefits against wildfire.


HeroFund USA: Safety Equipment 

Deadline: Rolling 

Amount: Not specified 

Match: Yes - 50/50 

Eligibility: Local government and tribal governments  

Funding for the following: 

Police – Body armor, ballistic helmets & shields, outer-carrier vests, K9 vests & related safety gear,  drones, safety partitions, communication equipment, throw ropes & related water rescue gear, stop  sticks, and more.

Fire – bunker/turnout gear, helmets & headlights, body armor, thermal imaging cameras, drones,  communication equipment, gas detection meters, water rescue gear, throw ropes, particulate blocking hoods, and more. 

EMS – gloves, face shields, body armor, ballistic helmets, and more. 

Brothers Helping Brothers 

Deadline: Ongoing 

Amount: Varies. Award examples vary between $500 and $13,000 

Eligibility: Fire departments and EMS organizations serving a population of less than 10,000 and less than 30  employees with majority as volunteer or paid call  

Brothers Helping Brothers helps small and rural fire departments throughout the U.S. with equipment needs  by donating vital life-saving tools. Equipment grants as well as used equipment donations are provided. 

Marathon Petroleum Foundation 

Deadline: Ongoing  

Amount: Not specified 

Eligibility: Nonprofits, federal, state or local government entity in communities where company has significant  presence Petroleum-Foundation/ 

Marathon provides funding for projects in the following categories: 

Environmental conservation and  

Public safety  

Firefighters Charitable Foundation 

Deadline: Continuous 

Amount: Varies 

Match: None 

Assists fire and disaster victims; and supports  

Volunteer Fire Departments. Grants offered for the following needs/programs: AED (Automatic External  Defibrillator); Fire Department Equipment Program; Community Smoke Detector Program; and the Juvenile  Fire-setter Prevention and Intervention Program.


Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program

Deadline: TBD; coming soon!

Amount: Around $500,000

Match: None

The Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program (RCPGP) plays an important role in the implementation of the National Preparedness System. RCPGP supports the building of core capabilities essential to achieving the National Preparedness Goal of a secure and resilient nation by providing resources to close known capability gaps in Housing and Logistics and Supply Chain Management, encouraging innovative regional solutions to issues related to catastrophic incidents, and building on existing regional efforts.




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