Grants available for volunteer fire, ambulance services

HARRISBURG — Volunteer fire and ambulance services are encouraged to apply now for state grants to help fund their operations, according to state Sen. Michele Brooks.

Brooks said the online application period for the 2019-2020 grant period began on Sept. 3 and will remain open through Oct. 18.

Grants will be awarded to eligible volunteer fire companies and volunteer ambulance services. The minimum grant is $2,500, and the maximum is $15,000. Volunteer fire companies that also provide ambulance services are eligible to apply for both a fire company grant and a volunteer ambulance service grant.

“Many of Pennsylvania’s firefighters and ambulance crews are struggling with not only manpower shortages, but the escalating cost of equipment and maintenance,” Brooks said. “These grants will help provide life-saving equipment and training, to allow our dedicated volunteers to execute their jobs more effectively.”

The grants can be used to renovate or repair facilities and to repair or purchase firefighting, ambulance or rescue equipment. Funding may also be used to aid in debt reduction or for training and certification of members.

Brooks said that the program’s eGrant application is intended to cut the red tape in the application and award process and make it easier for companies to apply. Program guidelines are available at www.osfc.state.pa.us. Online grant help is also available throughout the grant process by clicking on “Application Assistance.” Applications must be submitted by 4 p.m. on Oct. 18.

“September 11th is a sobering reminder of how much our local volunteer fire and ambulance staff deserve our respect and gratitude,” Brooks said. “I join our communities in thanking these brave men and women for their service and strongly encourage all eligible units to apply for these vital support grants.”

 

Contact:          Diane McNaughton                  (717) 787-1322             dmmcnaughton@pasen.gov