Fire Department Grants


South Dakota Volunteer Firefighter PPE Grant

During the 2023 Legislative Session, HB 1127 was passed which appropriated funds to the South Dakota Firefighters Association and the South Dakota Department of Public Safety in part to assist with the purchase of firefighter personal protective equipment for volunteer fire departments statewide.

Cover Letter   
PPE Situation Survey and Request Spreadsheet (Microsoft Excel)

FEMA Grants

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants may be awarded to fire departments to enhance their ability to protect the public and fire service personnel from fire and related hazards. Three types of grants are available:

  • Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG)
  • Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S)
  • Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER)

Visit the fire grant support website for grant application dates, a description of the types of grants available, and resources to help fire departments prepare and submit grant requests.

South Dakota Firefighter Essentials Grant

This grant helps defray costs for books, manuals and instructor fees associated with firefighter education. See grant form below.

Smoke Alarm Grant Program

The Smoke Alarm Grant Program helps departments obtain and distribute smoke alarms in homes that need them. See grant form below.

Assistance to Firefighters Grant

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant is available through FEMA to obtain needed gear, equipment, training and resources.


State Fire Service Training Grant

The State Fire Service Training Grant provides funding for the South Dakota Fire Marshal to offer National Fire Academy hand-off courses. The SDFMO completes the State Fire Service Training Grant application process annually. 


Other Fire Department Grants

Fire department can also access a variety of funding grants, training, exercise and purchasing sources. Departments will need to do their own research to determine eligibility, application/funding timeframes and what the funding is authorized to support. See the resource library below for a list of possible grants. If you have one to add to the list, contact us.


For further grant assistance, contact us or call 1-866-274-0960.

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