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 Grants Assistance Programs & Information 

This page is provided to give North Carolina EMS, Fire and Rescue Departments information and resources availible to obtain funding for operations and special programs.

If you are aware of a grant program not listed on the this page please let us know by clicking this link.


Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program - A program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), grants are awarded to fire departments to enhance their ability to protect the public and fire service personnel from fire and related hazards. Three types of grants are available: Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG), Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S), and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER).

Click here to view the  Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program Help Page.

Centers for Disease Control - CDC grants help many organizations each year bring health, safety and awareness to surrounding communities throughout the entire United States. As a government-run department, the Center for Disease Control awards over 85 percent of its annual budget through these grants to accomplish its ultimate goal of disease control and quality health for all.

Community Facilities Grant Program - The Community Facilities Grant Program provides assistance for rural areas & towns up to populations of 20,000 to construct, enlarge, or improve essential community facilities. Grants can be used for real estate and equipment such as fire stations and fire trucks.

Federal Excess Personal Property (FEPP) Program - This program makes long-term loans of USFS equipment to local fire departments through the State Forest Service for use in fire fighting as well as mitigation and rehabilitation. There is no match required, but the equipment must be used for legitimate fire purposes.

FEMA Grants and Assistance Programs - Page provides extensive information on various Emergency Management and Security grants and assistance programs availible for organizations offered through FEMA.

Homeland Security Grant Program - The Department of Homeland Security enhances the ability of states, local and tribal jurisdictions, and other regional authorities in the preparation, prevention, and response to terrorist attacks and other disasters, by distributing grant funds.

Rural Fire Assistance - The Rural Fire Assistance (RFA) grant program is designed to support the fire protection capabilities of rural and volunteer fire departments (population or 10,000 or less) that typically fight fires near or on Department of the Interior (DOI) lands. Funding will be used to provide technical assistance, training, supplies, equipment and public education support to rural fire departments, thus enhancing firefighter safety and strengthening wildland fire protection capabilities.

State Fire Assistance - The State Fire Assistance (SFA) program objectives are to maintain and improve protection efficiency and effectiveness on non-Federal lands through training, equipment, preparedness, prevention and education.

USFA Grants and Funding - Webpage contains information on financial assistance available from the U.S. Fire Administration and other Federal agencies for fire departments and other first responders.

USDHHS Grants - Grantsnet webpage contains information on financial assistance available from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


Allstate Foundation - The Allstate Foundation supports national and local programs that fit within three focus areas. Proposals for program support must address needs within one of the three focus areas to be considered for funding. One of the focus areas is entitled “Safe and vital communities” and of the programs identified under this focus area is catastrophe response. The Allstate Foundation makes grants to nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and proposals can be submitted throughout the year.

Duke Energy Foundation Grant - Duke Energy values its commitment to serve the communities in which it operates. Through The Duke Energy Foundation, the company is able to exemplify this value by providing funding to eligible organizations with programs that support educational attainment, community vitality and a competitive work force.

Fireman's Fund Heritage Grant - The Fireman's Fund Heritage is a national community-based program that provides funds for equipment, fire prevention tools, firefighter training, fire safety education and community emergency response programs.

FM Global Fire Prevention Grant Program - Because we believe that the majority of fire can be prevented, FM Global is pleased to offer financial support to organizations working to combat fire. Through our new Fire Prevention Grant Program, 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.

Georgia-Pacific Bucket Brigade Fire/Rescue Grants - Inspired by the efforts of our nation's firefighters - including the many Georgia-Pacific employees serving their communities as volunteer firefighters - we have tapped into the inspirational history of firefighting to create the Georgia-Pacific Bucket Brigade™.

Georgia Pacific Foundation - Georgia-Pacific believes that strong communities are good for business. Our core philosophy is anchored in a belief that for a business to survive and prosper, it must develop and use its capabilities to create sustainable value for both its customers and society. The purpose of the Georgia-Pacific Foundation is to help create and fund those programs and initiatives that add value to, and measurably improve, the quality of life within the communities where Georgia-Pacific employees live and work.

Hartford Insurance Company - To be eligible for a grant from The Hartford, the organization must serve a community in which the company has a major employee presence. Grants may be provided to organizations that provide services within the following categories: organizations that make communities better places to live, work and play and organizations that provide disaster relief following natural or manmade catastrophe. Requests for funding are reviewed on a monthly basis.

International Paper Foundation - International Paper Company conducts most of its U.S. philanthropic activities through its foundation, International Paper Foundation. From its inception in 1952 and continuing today, the Foundation supports non-profit organizations within the communities where International Paper has operating facilities. The Foundation's primary focus areas are environmental education and literacy programs for young children.

Liberty Mutual Be Fire Smart Pledge Program
Last fall, tens of thousands of families across the country learned more about fire safety and home fire hazards through the interactive Fire Safety Pledge program. Families tested their fire safety knowledge with a short quiz and then credited a point to their local fire department. The fire departments in the communities that rallied the most support earned a $10,000 Pledge Award! Click this link for more information on this program.
State Farm Safe Neighbors Grant - State Farm® is committed to meeting the needs of our communities by focusing our giving in three areas: Safe Neighbors (safety), Strong Neighborhoods (community development), and Education Excellence (education).

U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company Operation Ranger Program - Program provides support to public safety agencies that also warrants mention is the Operation Ranger program sponsored by the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company. The Operation program provides rugged, all-terrain vehicles to public safety agencies. Pending continued program funding, the next application period will open in October this year.

Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation - The foundation is committed to investing in advancing renewable natural resources that contribute to sustainable solutions to community and global problems. Contributions to advance renewable natural resources will be considered in the areas of sustainable natural resource management, environmental education leadership and conservation in areas that recognize the value of renewable natural resources. This grant further supports broader community needs in health and human services, education, environment, arts and culture, and other civic and community priorities in communities where Weyerhaeuser operates.


Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation - The duty of a public safety officer is to serve and protect. The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation's mission is dedicated to improving the life-saving capabilities of emergency service entities in communities served by Firehouse Subs by providing funding, resources and support to public safety entities.

Home Depot Community Impact Grants - The Home Depot acts as a catalyst for positive change by building and empowering communities for sustainable prosperity.  The Home Depot joins forces with the community, under a common cause, promoting unity and measuring our success.

Lowe’s Charitable & Educational Foundation - For more than 60 years, Lowe’s has supported the communities we call home. At a time when schools and community groups are struggling to make ends meet, Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation recognizes that we must increase our focus on basic, one-time project needs.

Wal-Mart Community Grant / Good Works - The Community Grant Program is the largest program funded by the Wal-Mart and SAM'S CLUB Foundation and includes both matching and direct grants. The Matching Grant program allows local nonprofit organizations to hold fundraisers outside their local Wal-Mart or SAM'S CLUB.

Private Non-Profit 

Firefighters Charitable Foundation - The Firefighters Charitable Foundation continues to provide assistance to those in need. Grants are given to assist local fire/disaster victims, fire prevention education, volunteer fire department equipment purchase, and community safety programs.

NC Firefighters' Burned Children Fund - The NC Fire Fighters' Burned Children Fund annually provides grant funds for NC Fire Departments to create and enhance current fire and life safety education programs in their community. Grant applications are reviewed by a FFBCF committee and awarded based on creativity and need. Awards are presented at the NC Fire & Life Safety Conference.

Rolf H. Jensen Memorial Public Education Grant - The Rolf H. Jensen Memorial Public Education Grant provides a $5,000 grant to one local fire department to support a community-wide fire and life safety education program or campaign. Funded by the RJA Group, the grant is open to any fire department (career or volunteer) located in the United States.


Emergency Management Perfromance Grant (EMPG) - provides funds to assist State and local governments to sustain and enhance all-hazards emergency management capabilities. It provides an all-hazards approach to preparedness, including the development of a comprehensive program of planning, training, and exercises, sets the stage for an effective and consistent response to any threatened or actual disaster or emergency, regardless of the cause.

Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) Grant - Program provides financial and technical assistance to enhance State, Territorial, Tribal, and local hazardous materials emergency planning and training. The HMEP Grant Program distributes funds to emergency responders for hazmat training and to Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPC's) for hazmat planning.

Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) Grant - Program provides financial and technical assistance to enhance State, Territorial, Tribal, and local hazardous materials emergency planning and training. The HMEP Grant Program distributes funds to emergency responders for hazmat training and to Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPC's) for hazmat planning.

Hazard Mitigation Grant (HMGP) - Program assists states and local communities in implementing long-term mitigation measures following a Presidential Disaster Declaration.

State Homeland Security Grant - Assists local and state partners in the securing of federal funding to address North Carolina's ability to prevent, protect, respond and recover to all hazards, both man-made and natural. The NCEM Homeland Security Branch coordinates the implementation of the State Homeland Security Program with local, state, federal and private partners.

Volunteer Fire Department Fund - To assist fire departments to purchase equipment and make capital expenditures. Fire Departments shall match the grant on a dollar-for-dollar basis, up to $30,000.

Volunteer Rescue / EMS Fund - To assist rescue organizations to purchase equipment and make capital expenditures. Rescue Organizations shall match the grant on a dollar-for-dollar basis, up to $25,000. Organizations having cash assets over $1,000 may apply for the matching fund, up to $25,000. Organizations having cash assets less than $1,000 may apply for a non-matching grant, up to $3,000.

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 Grant Research Entities 
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA)  - This catalog gives you access to a database of all Federal programs available to State and local governments (including the District of Columbia); federally -recognized Indian tribal governments; Territories (and possessions) of the United States; domestic public, quasi-public, and private profit and nonprofit organizations and institutions; specialized groups; and individuals.
US Department of Homeland Security - Get detailed information regarding all DHS grant programs.
Grants.gov - Your source to FIND and APPLY for federal government grants. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is proud to be the managing partner for Grants.gov, an initiative that is having an unparalleled impact on the grant community.
 Additional Grant Resources 

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