Tennessee Volunteer Firefighter Equipment and Training Grant now accepting applications
The grant period for the Tennessee Volunteer Firefighter Equipment and Training Grant program has opened.
The program for this fiscal year was expanded to $1 million to assist volunteer firefighters. The application period opened Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022, and will close at 2 p.m. CST on Friday, Feb. 28, 2022.
The Volunteer Firefighter Equipment and Training Grant was passed by the General Assembly in 2019 and became effective on January 1, 2020. The grant program has two components:
- Reimburse the local cost share (typically 5% or 10% of the total award depending on population) of a federally awarded grant to a volunteer fire department for the purchase of firefighting equipment and training.
- Allows volunteer fire departments to apply directly to the State Fire Marshal's Office (SFMO) for firefighting equipment.
To be eligible for the Volunteer Firefighter Equipment and Training Grant Program, departments must hold a valid recognition certificate from the SFMO and have a staff comprised by less than 51% full-time career firefighters.