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Volunteer Rescue, EMS Fund - FAQs

Q. Our organization also provides rescue, could we apply for the rescue grant?

A. Yes. However, you must meet all eligibility criteria.

Q. What type of equipment is typically not considered for matching funds?

A. Furniture, copiers, fax machines, manuals, land purchases, refurbish or upgrades to SCBA's, refurbish vehicles, refurbish communications equipment. Call this office if in doubt.

Q. Are application extensions given?

A. No

Q. Are invoice extensions given?

A. Yes, but only for approved vehicles and building request. The manufacturer or contractor must send this office a notarized letter stating the order date and projected delivery/completion date. The letter must be received by this office by the April 30 deadline date. The extension date is September 15.

**A Thirty (30) day extension (May 30) can be given for protective clothing (nomex) with letter of request prior to April 30.

Q. If my rescue organization receives their approved equipment before the April 30 deadline, can I receive the matching funds earlier?

A. Yes, check requests are given to the Controller's Office weekly.

Q. My organization was approved for matching funds. What forms are required and when are they due?

A. Prior to receiving your matching funds check, the following forms are required to be submitted to OSFM:

Agreement of Payment Form, Conflict of Interest Statement and the State Grant Certification – No Over Due Tax Debts Form. Your check will not be released without these forms

After receipt of your matching funds check, the following forms are required to be submitted to the Department of Insurance, Controller’s Office:

State Grants Compliance Report, Program Activities and Accomplishments Report and the State Grant Certification and Sworn Statement. Until these forms are received by our Controller’s office, your fire department will be placed on the State Auditors “suspend funding” report.

Q. The invoice deadline is approaching, most of the approved equipment has been delivered, but some equipment will not be delivered by April 30, will my rescue organization lose all of the approved matching funds?

A. No. The equipment that has not been received will be excluded from the approved matching funds.

The Volunteer Rescue/EMS Fund (Rescue Grant) is administered through the Office of State Fire Marshal Grants of the Department of Insurance, 1202 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1202, 919-661-5880. Diane Whitman is the Administrative Officer of the fund.