2020 Financial Relief Grant - **APPLICATIONS CLOSED** View Awarded Recipients Here
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, VFIS of Texas and Texas Mutual Insurance Company are pleased to sponsor a need-based Financial Relief Grant program for volunteer fire departments and nonprofit EMS organizations in Texas. VFIS of Texas and Texas Mutual have come together to donate $200,000 for this grant program. Grants in the amount of $2,500 will be awarded based on financial need and are intended to provide funding assistance to help emergency service organizations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
We understand that many emergency service organizations may be facing critical funding needs and may be unable to conduct traditional fundraising during this unprecedented time. These new grants will not be restricted to a specific use other than to provide much-needed funding to these organizations. Together with Texas Mutual, we’re proud to offer our support with these grants.
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2021 Emergency Responder Health & Wellness Grant - *OPENS SEPTEMBER 1ST, 2020*
VFIS of Texas and Texas Mutual Insurance Company are once again pleased to sponsor a need-based Health & Wellness Grant program for fire departments and non-profit EMS organizations in Texas. Grants up to $5,000 will be awarded based on financial need and are intended to assist emergency service organizations in developing a health & wellness program to prevent emergency responder deaths and injuries and for cancer prevention. Departments will need to apply for the grant, expend the funds and then send in copies of receipts in order to receive the grant funds. Grant Application Deadline is December 31, 2020.
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**THE DEADLINE TO APPLY IS DECEMBER 31, 2020.**
2020 Rural Volunteer Fire Department Insurance Program (HB 3667) - CLOSED - The Rural Volunteer Fire Department Insurance Program (HB 3667) is a grant program designed to reimburse eligible volunteer fire departments for the purchase of insurance from private insurance companies. Eligible coverage includes any combination of compensation insurance for firefighters (workers’ compensation, accidental death and dismemberment, group term life, accident and sickness, and/or cancer-related insurance) purchased from Texas insurance companies. The program will reimburse 100% of the actual cost of eligible insurance coverage up to a maximum of $175 per fire department member.
Recognized, non-profit volunteer fire departments operated by its members are eligible. Any part-paid/part-volunteer department is also eligible, provided the number of paid members is 20 or less. Departments may enter into agreements with cities or counties in order to qualify for coverage and/or special premiums.
All eligible departments must participate in a firefighter certification program administered under Section 419.071 of the Texas Government Code (Texas Commission on Fire Protection), or by the State Firemen’s and Fire Marshal’s Association of Texas (SFFMA), or by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG).
HB 2604 Firefighting vehicles, equipment and training - The Texas Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program is a cost-share program funded by the Texas State Legislature by HB2604. It provides funding to rural volunteer fire departments for the acquisition of firefighting vehicles, fire and rescue equipment, protective clothing, county fire radio system components, dry-hydrants, computer systems, and firefighter training. Approximately $23 million is distributed annually under the program. Any chartered, non-profit volunteer fire department operated by its members is eligible. Any part-paid/part-volunteer fire department is also eligible provided the number of paid members is 20 or less. This program is administered by the Texas Forest Service at http://texasforestservice.tamu.edu/main/popup.aspx?id=9436
Texas Department of State Health Services
The DSHS Office of Emergency Medical Services Trauma System Coordination is responsible for managing Local Projects Grant (LPG) funding. Eligible organizations include department licensed EMS providers, department registered first responder organizations, Regional EMS/Trauma Advisory Councils (RACs),
approved EMS education organizations, and pre-hospital injury prevention organizations. Funding is available for EMS personnel certification training, specialty training related to pre-hospital health care management, communication equipment, patient care equipment and non-disposable supplies, injury-prevention projects, continuing education programs and the purchase of an ambulance. For more information, click here.
Assistance to Firefighters Grant
The primary goal of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) is to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical services organizations. Since 2001, AFG has helped firefighters and other first responders to obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards. The Office of Grants and Training in the Department of Homeland Security administers the grants in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration. For fiscal year 2005, Congress reauthorized the Assistance to Firefighters Grants for an additional 5 years through 2010. For more information, click here. (www.firegrantsupport.com/afg/)
Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response
The purpose of the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grants is to help fire departments increase the number of frontline firefighters. The goal is for fire departments to increase their staffing and deployment capabilities and ultimately attain 24-hour staffing, thus assuring that their communities have adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards. The SAFER grants support two specific activities: (1) the hiring of firefighters, and (2) recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters. The hiring of firefighters activity provides grants to pay for part of the salaries of newly hired firefighters over the 5-year program. SAFER is part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants and is under the purview of the Office of Grants and Training of the Department of Homeland Security. For more information, click here. (www.firegrantsupport.com/safer/).
Governor's Extraordinary Emergency Fund
Funding is available to support the emergent, unexpected needs of EMS providers or DSHS-approved organizations. Proposals are evaluated based on impact to the regional or statewide EMS/trauma system. Eligible applications include licensed EMS providers, registered first responder organizations and licensed hospitals. For more information, click here.