Firefighter I Training Grant

This grant provides funding to pay for the costs of providing Firefighter I or Firefighter I Transition certification courses free of charge to select students by SFM approved class providers. By partnering with eligible class providers, it is the goal of the SFM to ease the costs to local governments, promote shared services and broaden the availability of these courses throughout the state.

The application period opens every July. To download the application, Click Here

Contact: 1-800-515-0023 or

Fire Department Training Reimbursement Grant

Fire Departments that provide primary fire protection to an area with a permanent population of 25,000 or less qualify for the grant. Reimbursement is available for specific fire training classes, including the cost of training manuals and student workbooks up to the maximum amount that is authorized. Only the following classes will be covered by the grant: Volunteer Firefighter, Firefighter I Transition, Firefighter I, Firefighter II Transition, Firefighter I & II (combined), Certified Fire Safety Inspector. The following Ohio Fire Academy Courses will be covered by the grant: Fire Officer I, Fire Officer 2, Emergency Vehicle Operations, Structural Fire Attack 101, Training In Acquired Structures, Understanding Fire Behavior (Mobile Fire Lab), Mobile Driving Simulation Lab. Training grants awards are subject to availability of funds. The State Fire Marshal Training Reimbursement Grant application period opens every December.

To apply for the grant, click here


Grants Awarded:Calendar Year 2020, Calendar Year 2019,Calendar Year 2018,Calendar Year 2017,Calendar Year 2016,Calendar Year 2015,Calendar Year 2014,Calendar Year 2013,Calendar Year 2012, Calendar Year 2011, Calendar Year 2010, Calendar Year 2009, Calendar Year 2008, Calendar Year 2007 (PDF)


The MARCS Grant is available to fire departments that serve 25,000 or less. The money can be used to purchase the systems, equipment, and/or services that are a part of, integrated into, or otherwise interoperable with the Multi-Agency Radio Communication System (MARCS) operated by the State of Ohio with respect to providing fire protection services. Up to $50,000 per department is available through this grant. Fire departments can apply for this grant as a single agency or as part of a county-wide or regional effort.

The application period opens every Fall. To apply for the grant, click here.

Contact: 1-800-515-0023 or

Grants Awarded: 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022

Revolving Loan

The Small Government Fire Department Services Revolving Loan Program was created by the General Assembly to assist local governments in funding certain fire department major related expenses. A revolving loan can be used to expedite the purchase of major firefighting, rescue or EMS equipment. It can also be used for the construction or renovation of fire department buildings. The Revolving Loan application period opens every winter.

To apply for the Small Government Fire Department Services Revolving Loan, click here. Please submit the application to: Please submit the application to Ohio Department of Commerce, Fiscal East, ATTN: Ashley Campbell, P.O. Box 4009, 6606 Tussing Rd., Reynoldsburg, OH 43068.

Award and non-award notifications will be forwarded in late spring.

Contact: 1-800-515-0023 or

Loans Awarded: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 (PDF)

Volunteer Firefighter Assistance (VFA) Grant (formerly RCFA Grant)

The VFA Grant program is a cooperative effort between the Division of State Fire Marshal’s Ohio Fire Academy and the Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Forestry. The grant supports training for firefighters who serve rural communities of 10,000 residents or fewer. Successful VFA grant applicants may receive full waivers of tuition and dormitory fees for certain courses. Funds do not cover meals or transportation/mileage. Support for this program is provided, in part, through a federal grant via the U.S. Forest Service and is matched by the Ohio Fire Academy. Grants are allocated on a first-come, first serve basis. Generally, a fire department may receive one scholarship per class for one student. However, multiple grants for a single class may be offered if funds are available. The maximum amount of an eligible agency is $1,500 per grant cycle.

Contact: or 614-752-7196

Grants Awarded: 2009, 2008 (PDF)

Fire Department Equipment Grant

The Division of State Fire Marshal makes the Fire Department Equipment Grant available to qualifying fire departments. Allowable equipment within the grant includes protective clothing, SCBA, communications equipment and other miscellaneous equipment. Eligible fire departments must serve a population of less than 25,000, be in compliance with the Volunteer Firefighter Dependents Fund outlined in Ohio Revised Code 146, and have submitted incident fire reports for the designated year. The State Fire Marshal Fire Department Equipment Grant application period will open in Winter. House Bill 119 provides money for the ongoing grant.

To apply for the grant, click here.

Contact: 1-800-515-0023 or

Grants Awarded: 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 (PDF)

Grants Modification for Fiscal Year 2011