Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Grant

Equipment funding grants for public safety agencies and first responders

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Grant Guidelines

Grant Deadline: This program accepts applications on an rotating basis.

2021 grant application periods (subject to change)

  • October 13, 2021–2022 Q1 grant deadline: Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 5 PM ET

Not just for the fire service

All types of public safety agencies, including fire departments, law enforcement, EMS, public safety organizations, non-profits, and schools are eligible.

The Foundation mainly focuses its resources in areas served by Firehouse Subs restaurants, typically within a 60-mile radius of a Firehouse Subs location. However, the Foundation does consider applications outside of the 60-mile guideline.

Lifesaving equipment and prevention education tools

The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation supports improving the lifesaving capabilities of first responders and public safety agencies.

The Foundation accomplishes this by providing lifesaving equipment and prevention education tools to first responders and public safety organizations.

What this grant does for your agency

Agencies awarded the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Grant receive funds to aid in purchasing equipment.

  • “$15,000-$25,000 is a guideline”
  • “Requests exceeding $50,000 will not be accepted.”
  • If your organization has received a grant from this funder in the past, they ask that you “wait a minimum of two years from the date of approval before reapplying.”
  • Up to 600 applications accepted per application period. Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Grant Eligibility

All public safety grant requests must fall within the Foundation’s funding guidelines:

Some types of equipment items are not eligible, including (but not limited to):

  • Body cameras
  • Building exhaust removal systems
  • Crash data boxes
  • Dash cams
  • Drones and drone accessories
  • Exercise equipment
  • Goodie bags
  • Guns/firearms/use of force equipment
  • Riot gear
  • Laser pointers (designators)
  • Inflatable bounce houses
  • License plate readers
  • Narcan
  • Philips FR3 AEDs
  • Pluggie the fire plug robot
  • Polar Breeze thermal rehabilitation systems
  • Portable message signs
  • Power load stretchers
  • Radar detectors
  • Recording devices
  • Refurbished equipment
  • Scott SCBA Model AP50 at this time (but “all other Scott product requests are acceptable.”)”
  • Security systems
  • Surveillance equipment
  • Sparky the Fire Dog robots and costumes
  • Stop sticks
  • Tasers
  • Throw bots
  • Traffic road barriers
  • TruNar analyzers
  • T-shirts & polos

About the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation

Founded in 2005, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation works to “impact the lifesaving capabilities, and the lives, of local heroes and their communities.” More

Grant Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than Wed., May 12, 2021.


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Creative Thinking for Alternative Funding

Public Safety Grant News and Tips by, Kurt Bradley, Certified Grants Consultant

When public safety agencies go in search of grant money for specific projects or equipment, they often give up out of frustration. A desperate search for funding for that critical need often leads to grants whose deadlines have already passed, discontinued grant programs, or no grants for these items at all. But things are not what they seem. Funding is out there. You just have to apply some creative thinking, a strategy I call “alternative funding.”

Using this method can mean the difference between going without, or being a resourceful and innovative thinker who obtains that funding you and your agency so desperately need. Here’s how it works.

Think Training Aid, Not Equipment

One of the areas of grant funding that is historically overlooked is the abundance of money available for training. In the world of public safety there is a huge emphasis placed on continuing education, maintaining advanced or basic certifications and the time proven methodology that training leads to safer operations and injury reduction for employees.

What the experienced grant writer needs to recognize is that this emphasis on training can be capitalized on for multiple benefits to your agency.

In most comprehensive training programs for public safety agencies there is “hands-on” training utilizing the tools or equipment needed to properly perform the task. If you do not have the equipment needed to conduct the proper training then in many cases you can acquire that equipment as “training props” which are needed to accomplish the training. Once the training is accomplished the equipment does not require that it be put in a box and stored in a closet till the next class, use it for what you need.

Let’s Be Reasonable Here

Now we have to be reasonable about this in that you cannot acquire a new aerial for your fire department just to teach an “aerial operations” course or gain a new police squad car just to teach” pursuit driving skills”.

However, obtaining a couple of AEDs to coincide with your Citizen CPR classes or a set of night-vision goggles to teach “low-light tactical operations” is not unreasonable. You can make these courses especially appealing if you broaden your scope to include conducting the courses several times in a year and offering attendance to outside agencies as well.

Creative thinking such as this is exactly what can help you find alternative ways to get the funding you need.

Remember: the ultimate goal is to arrive at the destination. However, there are always alternative routes by which to arrive at that same destination.

Photo: Craig Howell