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NOTICE - FY2014 Small Equipment Grant

The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is pleased to announce an upcoming Small Equipment Grant which will kick off Monday, September 16, 2013. The OSFM will issue applications to all Fire Chiefs in the state of Illinois through the OSFM-issued FD e-mail as well as an E-mail blast. The announcement of the grant and application will be posted on the OSFM website during the open application period, starting September 16, 2013 and ending Friday, November 15, 2013. The OSFM will be providing additional guidance regarding completion of the grant application over the next few months at select fire service conferences and regional meetings. This information will also be posted on our website and communicated through FD e-mail.

FY14 SEG Grant Application Form [PDF, 438Kb]

You must include your Levy Rate information on your grant application. Also, please include your current rate and any attempts to change your levy rate on your grant application.

Every application must submit a W-9 Tax form. Please click on the link below for that form.

US W-9 Form [PDF, 110Kb]

For more information regarding the Small Equipment Grant Program, please Email Us :

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

  • Eligibility
    In order for a fire department, fire protection district or township fire department to be eligible for any grant or revolving loan offered through the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM), the department must be in compliance with the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) for a minimum of 24 months prior to the open application period. To check on your NFIRS compliance, click on the following link:
    Fire Department NFIRS Report

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Small Equipment Grant Program

This program provides grants to local units of government in Illinois for the purchase of small equipment by a fire department, fire protection district or township fire department.

For more information, click on Rules

Up to $26,000

Last grant application period closed January 31, 2014.

FY 2014 Grant Recipients

FY 14 SEG Application Form [PDF, 438Kb]

Ambulance Revolving Loan Program

This program provides interest-free loans to local units of government in Illinois for the purchase of ambulances by a fire department, fire protection district, township fire department or non-profit ambulance service. 

For more information, click on Rules

$100,000


Repayment period may not exceed 10 years.

Last loan application period closed December 19, 2008.

FY 2009 Loan Recipients

 

An open application period has not been determined.

Fire Truck Revolving Loan Program

This program provides interest-free loans to local units of government in Illinois for the purchase of fire trucks by a fire department, fire protection district or township fire department. 

For more information, click on Rules

$250,000


Repayment period may not exceed 20 years.

Open application period, ending April 20, 2012.

 

Program Guidance and Application

 

2012 Loan Recipients

 

Email Us


Fire Station Revolving Loan Program

This program provides interest-free loans to local units of government in Illinois for the construction, rehabilitation, remodeling, or expansion of a fire station or the acquisition of land for the construction or expansion of a fire station by a fire department, fire protection district or township fire department.

 

$2,000,000

Repayment period may not exceed 25 years.

To date, this program has not been funded.

 

An open application period has not been determined.

2012 Loan Recipients