GRANTS AND REVOLVING LOANS
* * * * ANNOUNCEMENT * * * * FY15 FIRE TRUCK REVOLVING LOAN PROGRAM ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
The Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal and the Illinois Finance Authority have announced that applications for the Fire Truck Revolving Loan Program are now being accepted. This program provides interest–free or low–interest loans to local units of government in Illinois for the purchase of fire trucks and brush trucks by a fire department, fire protection district, or township fire department. These loans may not exceed $350,000.
The open application period is Wednesday October 15, 2014 through Friday, December 12, 2014. Please find further information through the link below.
* * * * ANNOUNCEMENT * * * * FY15 SMALL EQUIPMENT GRANT
The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) has been appropriated $1,000,000 for the State of Illinois Small Equipment Grant Program. The purpose of this program is to provide grants directly to local units of government for the purchase of small equipment by a fire department, fire protection district or township fire department. These grants may not exceed $26,000 to any fire department or fire protection district.
The open application period, is starting Friday, August 1, 2014 and ending Tuesday, September 30, 2014. Please find the application and W-9 forms at the links below.
Please note: The NFIRS requirement has changed as stated on the application. When downloading the application you will find examples of the NFIRS requirement (Monthly Incident Counts report) for your reference. These reports are required as an addition to the application. Please see the link below for examples.
NFIRS Report Examples [PDF, 25Kb]
IDNR Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant Program Financial Assistance Grant Period Opens
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) has been awarded federal funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service for approximately $300,000. This money is part of a national allotment for rural fire protection under the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act of 1978, as amended by the Forest Stewardship Act of 1990. Payments pursuant to this grant are subject to the appropriation of adequate funds by the United States Congress. The funds will be distributed to fire fighting agencies as a 50-50 reimbursement type grant with a maximum award of $10,000.00. Fire Departments must have funds available for the entire project cost at the time of application and be able to expend the entire project cost initially and then submit invoices and payment documentation to IDNR for 50% reimbursement of the total costs.
For more information, please see the links below.
Program Instructions [PDF, 111Kb]
FY13 VFA Application [DOCX, 90Kb]
Illinois Finance Authority - Rural Development Loan Program
In participation with the Rural Development Administration's Intermediary Relending Program, the Illinois Finance Authority will finance business facilities and community development located in rural communities with populations of less than 25,000. Loan proceeds may be used to finance the purchase of land, construction or renovation of an industrial or commercial building, construction or improvement of infrastructure or purchase of machinery and equipment.
Information and Eligibility