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About the OSFM Grant Programs

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The 2021 Oregon Legislature passed Senate Bill 762, Oregon's comprehensive wildfire preparedness and resiliency bill. SB762 implements new programs, mandates, and strategies to change Oregon's approach to wildfire response, preparedness, and resiliency. 

The law provided the Oregon State Fire Marshal funds to strengthen response capacity and support community risk reduction projects. The OSFM developed a robust grants program to achieve the goals of the legislation. Over the last two years, the one-time funding has proved successful. 

To learn more about the investments and the impact they've had in communities around the state check, out our "investments in action" section.

Also, be sure to sign up for the OSFM's mailing list to be updated when new grants become available. Click the "sign up" box above.

Open OSFM Grants

No current opportunities. This will be updated as opportunities become available.

Implementation Phase Grants

Community Wildfire Risk Reduction Grant

The Community Wildfire Risk Reduction Grant was a competitive opportunity open to local governments, special districts, structural fire service agencies, and non-governmental organizations. Entities could apply for wildfire risk reduction projects, equipment, and staff to support local efforts.

The projects funded by this grant will help protect people, property, and communities from wildfire through risk reduction programs. These efforts will better prepare communities for wildfire impacts and create a more fire-adapted Oregon.

The OSFM hosted two educational grant clinics; the recordings can be viewed below.

Applications closed January 31, 2023. Award announcements in April 2023.

Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness Grant Program

The HMEP Grant was from the US Department of Transportation funding and administered through the OSFM. This opportunity closed on December 31, 2022.

The purpose of this grant program is to effectively, safely, and efficiently handle hazardous materials transportation accidents and incidents, enhance implementation of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986, and encourage a comprehensive approach to emergency training and planning by incorporating the unique challenges of responses to transportation situations. Click here to view the HMEP Grant guide.

Oregon Fire Service Capacity Program

The Oregon Fire Service Capacity Program was for small- to medium-sized agencies that need an increase in permanent positions for firefighters and fire prevention staff. This competitive grant was available to Oregon's local fire districts and departments which could apply for funds to support up to two firefighters and two fire prevention personnel.

This funding increased local on-duty capacity throughout the next three years; allowed agencies to quickly mobilize to fires at the local, regional, and state (conflagration) levels; and helped better prepare communities to survive wildfires. More on-duty firefighters help keep fires small before they can impact communities. Additional fire prevention staff gives fire agencies the expertise to make their communities safer and reduce risk. For more info, see the application guideFAQs, or webinar recordingApplications closed November 30, 2022. Awards will be announced in April 2023.

Engine Program

This program is purchasing and strategically placing new firefighting equipment across Oregon. The OSFM is purchasing type 3, type 6, and tactical tenders to assist local host agencies keep fires small and away from communities. For more info, click here or view the guidelines or FAQsApplications closed October 28, 2022. Awards will be announced in March 2023.

Past Grants

2021 Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Assistance Grant

In January 2021, the Oregon Legislature Emergency Board granted approximately $4.9 million to the OSFM to distribute to the Oregon fire service as grant funding. The objective of the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Assistance grant was to improve the capacity and capability of fire protection districts and fire departments across Oregon. These jurisdictions protect Oregon communities and play a pivotal role in wildland fire prevention and suppression in the WUI. This grant was administered as a pass-through award intended for fire agencies with priority for those impacted by the 2020 fire season and underrepresented and underserved communities, although all Oregon fire jurisdictions were eligible to receive funding. For more information: WUI Grant

2022 Wildfire Season Staffing Grant

As part of the OSFM's Response Ready Oregon Initiative, an initial investment of $6 million in grant funding was available to Oregon's 306 local fire districts and departments to hire additional staff during the 2022 wildfire season. Local fire agencies could request up to $35,000. Agencies used the grant funding to expand capacity using their current staffing model and pay scale.  For more info, see the grant manual and FAQs

To see stories of how this grant helped local fire agencies, click here.

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Staffing made possible by the 2022 Wildfire Season Staffing Grant

Defensible Space Incentive Grant for Schools and Hospitals

The Defensible Space Improvement Grant from early 2022 provided funding to Oregon's public or private schools, universities, and hospitals to complete projects to prevent embers from igniting a fire on or near their properties. This grant provided $271,000 in funding.