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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.

forms to be completed
Beginning with the 2018 Rescue Grant, all compliance forms are incorporated into the application and no longer need to be mailed in.

Volunteer Rescue, EMS Fund - Facts

G.S. 58-87-5


G.S. 20-183.7 (c) (1) 7 (2) Eighteen cents (.18) of vehicle inspections stickers.


To assist rescue organizations to purchase equipment and make capital expenditures. Rescue Organizations shall match the grant on a dollar-for-dollar basis, up to $25,000. Organizations having cash assets over $1,000 may apply for the matching fund, up to $25,000. Organizations having cash assets less than $1,000 may apply for a non-matching grant, up to $3,000.

Eligibility Criteria:

N.C.G.S. 58-87-5 (b) (3) It has been recognized by the Department as a rescue unit, a rescue/EMS unit, or an EMS unit.

  • Rescue provider is all volunteer, with the exception of ten paid positions.
  • Rescue provider is recognized by the Department of Insurance as a rescue or a rescue EMS provider.
  • Rescue provider must meet the eligibility criteria of the NC Association of Rescue & EMS (NCAREMS) and/or NC Office of Emergency Medical Services (NC OEMS).
  • County recognizes organization as providing rescue or rescue/EMS or EMS
  • Rescue provider must be certified by the Office of Emergency Medical Service to request ALS equipment.

General Statute Definition of a Rescue Provider: "rescue" means the removal of individuals facing external, nonmedical, and nonpatient related peril to areas of relative safety. A "rescue unit" or "rescue squad" means a group of individuals who are not necessarily trained in emergency medical services, fire fighting, or law enforcement, but who expose themselves to an external, nonmedical, and nonpatient related peril to effect the removal of individuals facing the same type of peril to areas of relative safety.

For purposes of this grant, "emergency medical services" or "EMS" has the same meaning as in G.S. 131E-155(6). Unless otherwise more narrowly specified, and "EMS unit" means either (i) an EMS provider licensed under G.S. 131E-155.1 or (ii) a volunteer fire or fire/rescue department that is part of its county's EMS system plan. The unit or squad must comply with existing State statutes and with eligibility criteria established by the North Carolina Association of Rescue and Emergency Medical Services, Inc.


Review of Applications:

Applications are reviewed and scored using an objective algorithm. Areas evaluated when scoring applications include: all volunteer/paid positions, financial status, and type of equipment being requested. Once all applications have been entered into the database and scored, the available funds for the year are entered. The computer then ranks each application based on need by overall score. The system awards each application in order of rank until all available funds are exhausted.