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GRANTS AVAILABLE IN TENNESSEE FOR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENTS

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Grant applications from volunteer fire departments in Tennessee are being accepted by the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office. This is part of the newly established Volunteer Firefighter Equipment and Training Grant Program

Officials say $500,000 has been designated for the purchase of firefighting equipment by Tennessee’s volunteer fire departments or to help volunteer departments meet local match requirements for federal grants for purchasing equipment.

Fire departments must hold a valid recognition from the state fire marshal’s office and have a staff made up of at least 51% volunteers to apply.

Grant proceeds may be used to purchase equipment used by a firefighter to extinguish fires and protect the life of a firefighter, other than fire trucks or vehicles.

Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. central time Friday, March 27, 2020.

Applications received during the submission period will be scored internally and submitted to a seven member committee who will make the final decision and award selection. The committee is composed of three representatives from the Tennessee Fire Chief’s Association, three representatives from the Tennessee Firemen’s Association, and TDCI’s Assistant Commissioner of Fire Prevention. Per statute, the funds will be awarded equally among Tennessee’s Grand Divisions.

For an application and to review the full rules of applying for the grant, click the following link:

https://www.tn.gov/commerce/fire/departments/grant-opportunities.html


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