Iowa Local Fire Protection & Emergency Medical Services Grant Program

The Local Fire Protection & Emergency Medical Services Grant Application
period for 2021-2022 is CLOSED

The 2022-2023 grant application will be accepted beginning May 1, 2022.

 

Local Fire Protection & Emergency Medical Services Grant Program application form

 

Please download the fillable PDF grant application form above, complete page 1 with your agency information, complete the applicable grant request page(s) as indicated, and return to the State Fire Marshal Division by email at sfmfireworks@dps.state.ia.us or mail it to 215 East Seventh Street, Des Moines, Iowa, 50319, Attention: LFPEMS Grant Program.

 

Purpose: The local fire protection and emergency medical service providers grant program is established by the State Fire Marshal. The grant program shall be funded with only those moneys from the consumer fireworks fee fund which are not needed by the state fire marshal to fulfill the responsibilities of the state fire marshal for the administration and enforcement of Iowa Code sections 100.19 and 100.19A. The State Fire Marshal shall determine a minimal operational carryover balance needed for the next year start up fiscal obligations prior to dispersing grant awards. 

Authority: The State Fire Marshal may request grant applications be reviewed by the Fire Service and Emergency Response Council during a regular meeting of the council. The State Fire Marshal has the sole discretion in determining whether or not to award funds from the grant program to the applicant and the amount of funds awarded to each applicant. Recommendations from the Fire Service and Emergency Response Council may be considered by the State Fire Marshal to avoid conflict of interest. 

Authorized applicants: Any local fire protection service provider or local emergency medical service provider in the state of Iowa who complies with NFIRS or EMS reporting requirements of the state may apply for grant funds from the local fire protection and emergency medical service providers grant program. Special programs within a fire department or EMS department may apply for grant monies so long as they are authorized to do so by their respective department.

Authorized purposes of grant funds: The grant funds in the local fire protection and emergency medical service providers grant program may be used for the following: 

  • To establish or provide fireworks safety education programming to members of the public. 
  • To purchase necessary enforcement, protection, or emergency response equipment related to the sale and use of consumer fireworks in this state.
  • **NEW**  To purchase necessary enforcement, protection, or emergency response equipment.

Grant priority funding: The priority for grant awards shall be as follows:
Top priority tier:

  • Applications which seek to provide education into fireworks laws, local ordinances related to fireworks, education materials related to fireworks safety or the prevention of fireworks injuries.

Second tier consideration:

  • Applications which seek equipment used to permit or enforce licensing and site enforcement specifically related to the regulation of consumer fireworks.
  • Applications which are related to data collection and research as to injury trends and incidents related to consumer fireworks in Iowa. 
  • Applications for equipment which will only be used in response to consumer fireworks emergencies. 
  • Applications which seek medical supplies for the treatment of fireworks related injuries. 
  • **NEW**  Applications which seek equipment used in response to other fire and medical emergencies. 

Application verification: Applicants shall provide enough data and facts related to their grant requests to support a specific nexus on how the grant is being used to address issues related to consumer fireworks or to fulfill specific department equipment needs related to necessary enforcement, protection, or emergency response in the department’s community.  The agency awarded a grant shall provide evidence, or submit to an inspection or audit by the State Fire Marshal, to determine compliance with the rules and purposes of the grant program, in addition to any other authorized audits.