Apply for funding to buy equipment that’s used directly in response to a fire or emergency: Emergency Services Provider Fund

First responder organizations can apply for funding from the Emergency Services Provider Fund (ESPF) to buy emergency response equipment. The fund provides up to 75% of eligible costs to a maximum of $20,000. Organizations can only receive funding once every 3 years. You can apply until 21 June 2019 for 2019 to 2020 program funding.

Use the Emergency Services Provider Fund (ESPF) Application and Application Checklist Form to apply for funding to buy emergency response equipment.

The Emergency Services Provider Fund (ESPF) offers financial help to volunteer fire departments and ground search and rescue organizations, including hazardous materials (HAZMAT) organizations. The funding is for equipment that’s used directly in response to a fire or emergency.

Funding amount

Funding provides up to 75% of eligible costs to a maximum of $20,000.

Eligibility

You can apply if you’re a:

  • volunteer fire department
  • ground search and rescue organization
  • hazardous materials (HAZMAT) organization

Organizations can only receive funding once every 3 years.

How to apply

  1. Review detailed program guidelines in the Emergency Services Provider Fund (ESPF) Criteria.
  2. Complete the application form for funding.
  3. Check the application for details on all required supporting documents.
  4. Send your completed application and supporting documents by mail, email or fax. Or drop them off at the Office of the Fire Marshal.

How long it takes

It should take 3 to 4 months for the Office of the Fire Marshal to review your funding application and let you know if you’re receiving funding. It can take longer if more information is needed or if your form hasn’t been filled in correctly.

Cost

There is no cost to apply for the funding.

Before you start

Make sure you:

  • review the Emergency Services Provider Fund (ESPF) Criteria
  • complete all sections of the Emergency Services Provider Fund (ESPF) Application and Application Checklist Form

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Other ways to apply

You can apply online for funding. Submit your completed application and supporting documents. Or send supporting documents by mail. When you apply online you need to know your Grants Management System username and password or register a new account.