Fire Services Recovery Grant Program
Montgomery County Recovery Office Initiative - Pandemic Recovery Funds
Update as of August 21, 2023:
Grant awards will continue being mailed out through the end of the month. If you do not receive your award by September of 2023, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Update as of July 6, 2023:
Grant amounts have been finalized. Please refer to this link for information. Grant agreements will be emailed in the coming days for signature.
The County allocated $1.5 million across applicant fire departments using an equitable distribution. The formula added a base allocation equal to the substantiated financial impact up to $15,000 to a points-based amount that considered size of population served, the percentage of financial impact as compared to operating budget, the percentage of operating budget funded by municipality, and whether the fire department operated in a qualified census tract. All sixty-nine (69) applicant fire departments are receiving funding; the average grant amount is $21,724. All funded grants to fire departments are listed below:
Black Rock - Oaks
Bridgeport No. 1
Royersford - Friendship
King of Prussia
Conshohocken No. 2
Enterprise of Hatboro
Norristown Fire Department
Upper Merion Fire & EMS
Wyndmoor Hose Company No. 1
Update as of June 12, 2023:
Grant amounts are being finalized.
Update as of May 8, 2023:
Applications are being reviewed.
The COVID-19 Pandemic, which began on January 27, 2020, affected the Montgomery County Volunteer and Combination Fire Departments, including their ability to raise funds through fundraising efforts. As such, the Fire Departments lost significant operating revenue as a result of the Pandemic. Recognizing their negative economic impacts generally, the Montgomery County Recovery Office has established a needs-based grant program, in the amount of $1,500,000, utilizing Pandemic Recovery funds received from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), Local Fiscal Recovery Fund.
The Fire Services Recovery Grant Program is being run through the Montgomery County Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Management, and the application will be available to all Montgomery County Volunteer and Combination Fire Departments. Fire Departments must demonstrate Pandemic-related economic impact, such as decreased revenue, loss of supplemental fundraising revenue, financial insecurity or hardship, increased costs, or challenges covering payroll, rent or mortgage, or other operating costs. Funds must be used to address the Pandemic-related economic impact(s).
The average grant amount is expected to be approximately $15,000, with final amounts to be determined based on a non-competitive formula which may incorporate the following factors:
- general eligibility;
- number of applicants;
- negative economic impact as a result of the Pandemic;
- number of firefighters;
- size of population served and / or annual operating budget; and
- funding received from other sources (i.e., municipality or other ARPA funds).
Grant awards and allocation formula will be posted publicly, and amounts are final.
The application is now closed.
Applicants may contact the following individuals if questions arise:
Montgomery County, Department of Public Safety
- Andrew Urban
- Email: email@example.com
- (610) 631-6505
- Jason Wilson
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- (610) 631-6519