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We have moved to the Albemarle Building on 325 N. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC. Our mailing address will still be 1202 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1202. Please call our main number for assistance – 919-647-0000.

Fire-Rescue Grants and Relief Funds

Due to staffing changes, please direct all emails  for the grants department to:

Volunteer Fire Department Fund - Facts

G.S. 58-87-1


G.S. 105-228.5 Tax paid by NC licensed insurance company’s 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. Population served is 12,000 or less
  2. Fire Department is all volunteer, with the exception of 6 paid positions.
  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 are; all volunteer/paid positions, population served, number and age of department vehicles, 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.