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Fire-Rescue Grants and Relief Funds

Effective April 17, 2018, invoice(s) and proof of payment must be uploaded via the internal application for review in lieu of mailing them to the Mail Service Center.
Please direct all emails for the grants department to:

2020 Fire Grant Application period

The application opens on Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 8 a.m. The deadline will be Monday, March 2, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

Volunteer Fire Department Fund - Facts

G.S. 58-87-1


G.S. 105-228.5 Tax paid by NC licensed insurance companys on property insurance from the Gross premiums.


To assist fire departments to purchase equipment and make capital expenditures. Fire Departments shall match the grant on a dollar-for-dollar basis, up to $30,000, unless the applicant receives less than fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) per year from municipal and county funding, in which case the applicant shall match one dollar ($1.00) for each ($3.00) of grant funds.

Departments receiving over $50,000 in municipal and county funding can apply for up to $60,000 (Up to $30,000 contributed from the department and a match of up to $30,000 from DOI). Departments receiving less than $50,000 in municipal and county funding can apply for up to $40,000 (a maximum $30,000 from DOI with a 1:3 ratio)

Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Fire Department is all volunteer, with the exception of 6 paid positions.
  2. Fire Department must report to NFIRS.
  3. Fire Department must be recognized as rated/certified by the Department of Insurance.


Review of Applications:

Applications are reviewed and scored using a non subjective point system. Areas evaluated when scoring applications include: all volunteer/paid positions, financial status, and type of equipment being requested. At the time all applications have been entered into the database and scored, the available monies is entered. The computer selects the applications with the lowest total score until the available monies is exhausted.