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Jeremiah Lucey Grant Program

Grants to USA Fire Departments in Multiple States
for Training, Equipment, and Technology Purchases

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Leary Firefighters Foundation

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Grants of up to $25,000 to New York, Massachusetts, and Michigan paid fire departments for training, equipment, and technology. Applicants must submit a letter of inquiry prior to the full application. Paid and volunteer departments in other parts of the country may also be eligible.

Areas of Support

  • Training – the Foundation is pleased to fund training that enhances the professional development of departments. There is also an opportunity to apply to host the MCS Leadership Development Program at your department. 
  • Equipment – the Foundation provides funding for departments to be outfitted with the best possible equipment for the health and safety of firefighters and in turn, the public they serve. 
  • Technology – the Foundation also makes technology grants, most recently through its partnership with Nest.

The Leary Firefighters Foundation is looking to partner with departments that are proactive problem solvers. Please be sure to outline how your department has already taken action to find a solution to your problem, and how the Foundation can be your partner in ultimately achieving results.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167712

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant sizes vary but typically range from $2,500 to $35,000; occasionally the Foundation makes larger grants.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Through the Jeremiah Lucey Grant Program, the Foundation supports paid departments in New York, Massachusetts, and Detroit, Michigan. The Foundation has expanded its scope of funding to include paid and volunteer departments in other parts of the country.

Grants are not made to individuals.

Pre-Application Information:

The Leary Firefighters Foundation makes grants based on a calendar fiscal year (January to December) pursuant to the below deadlines:
- August 15 – deadline to submit a Letter of Inquiry for current calendar year
- October 1 – deadline to submit a completed application (for invited applicants only)
- By November 15 – final decisions made, all applicants contacted
- By December 15 – grants awarded

Inquiries received after August 15 will not be addressed until the following calendar year.

In the case of emergency grant requests as the result of natural or manmade disasters, decisions will be made on a rolling basis.

To be considered for funding, complete the LOI form and upload a brief Letter of Inquiry via the grants portal.

Should the Foundation wish to consider your department for a grant after reviewing your Letter of Inquiry, they will contact you with information on the grant application process. Application information is not provided on our website and is disseminated only after a Letter of Inquiry is reviewed and vetted. A phone interview with your department’s leadership may also be requested as a part of the application process.

Information on MCS Leadership Development Program:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Grants Portal:

Leary Firefighters Foundation
5 Hanover Square, Suite 2103
New York, NY 10004
P. 212.867.1527

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Massachusetts;   Michigan: Detroit;   New York City;   New York

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