Posted 11/16/2023

The Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance and the Tennessee State Fire Marshall’s Office announced that applications are now being accepted for $10 million in grants through the Volunteer Firefighter Equipment and Training Grant Program.

The program earmarks monies for the purchase of firefighting equipment by Tennessee volunteer fire departments or to help volunteer departments meet local match requirements for federal grants for purchasing equipment. Grant proceeds may be used to purchase equipment firefighters use to extinguish fires and protect the lives of firefighters, or the grants may be used to help fire departments pay or reimburse the cost share for federal grants that have already been awarded.

Applications will be accepted through Thursday, November 30th, 2023, at Noon (Central).

Eligible fire departments must hold a valid recognition from the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office and have a staff comprised of less than 51% full-time career firefighters.

Applications received during submission will be scored internally and submitted to a seven-member committee overseeing the award selection. Departments may make applications for a grant via the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office grant application website.