Foundation grants are awarded to assist individuals who experience tragedy or hardship due to circumstances beyond their control and demonstrate a financial or otherwise immediate need. The grants are available for those who experience natural disasters, home fires, medical emergency, act of terrorism or otherwise personal tragedy. Submit an application, letter from local Fire Chief and statistical information to the Association’s office in Columbia.
Who is eligible?
The following class of persons are our "Fire Family" and are eligible to receive grants.
- Firefighters: Active and retired firefighters and fire department staff and volunteers serving in any jurisdiction within South Carolina. Member must be a current member in good standing in the South Carolina State Firefighters Association.
- Firefighter Families: The immediate family members of the firefighters described above, or of a deceased firefighter, fire department staff, or volunteer who served in any jurisdiction within South Carolina and was a member in good standing in the South Carolina State Firefighters' Association at the time of death, including their spouses or domestic partners and children (including step-children), parents, grandparents, grandchildren, great grand children and siblings, and their spouses or domestic partners.
How much are grants?
An individual may receive more than one grant. Each grant request will be evaluated separately. The Foundation will determine whether to award multiple grants based on all relevant factors, including the individual’s need and particular circumstances, the total amount of funds that the Foundation has available for grants, and the amount and needs of other applicants. The grant recipient may receive a minimum of $250 and maximum of $1,500 per grant awarded.