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Please Apply Early.
IMPORTANT: Beginning in October 2020, a maximum of 600 grant applications
will be accepted on a quarterly basis. Once the maximum number of applications
is met, the site will close for the remainder of the quarter. Please apply early in
order to secure your request.
Please do not contact area restaurants or Firehouse Subs Care center with grants questions.
What does the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation support?
Our Mission is to impact the lifesaving capabilities, and the lives of local heroes and their communities.
This is accomplished by providing lifesaving equipment and prevention education tools to first responders and public safety organizations.
All requests must fall within our Foundation's funding guidelines which can be found on our website via firehousesubsfoundation.org/about-us/funding-areas. See below for information regarding items that are not supported by our grants program.
Are there items that your Foundation does not support?
All requests must fall within our Foundation's funding guidelines which can be found on our website via firehousesubsfoundation.org/about-us/funding-areas. Examples of items that are not supported by our board of directors at this time include 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, portable message signs, Pluggie the fire plug robot, Polar Breeze thermal rehabilitation systems, power load stretchers, radar detectors, recording devices, refurbished equipment, security systems, surveillance equipment, Sparky the Fire Dog robots and costumes, stop sticks, tasers, throw bots, traffic road barriers, TruNar analyzers, t-shirts & polos, etc.
Is this grant only available for Fire Departments?
No. Law enforcement, EMS, public safety organizations, non-profits and schools are encouraged to apply for life saving equipment.
If my organization has received a grant award from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation in the past, when can we reapply?
We ask that grant recipients wait a minimum of two years from the date of approval before reapplying.
Does the Foundation provide reimbursements for purchased equipment?
Our program DOES NOT provide reimbursements for purchased equipment. If your organization has already purchased the equipment and is requesting reimbursement, please DO NOT apply.
What are the most common reasons a grant application is marked incomplete?
Can my organization submit multiple grant applications?
No, the Foundation does not accept more than one grant request per organization. The Foundation is unable to make exceptions to this rule.
Is the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation grant a matching grant?
There are no matching funds involved in our organization’s grants program.
If my request is more or less than $20,000 will it be denied?
$15,000-$25,000 is a guideline. Requests exceeding $50,000 will not be accepted.
What financial information should we provide?
Financials must show revenue and expenses and must include the name of your organization, city or county. One of the following options must be submitted:
What is needed for the required vendor quote/bid attachment?
You must provide an official vendor quote with the following information for your grant request to be considered. Submitted quotes MUST meet the requirements below, please read carefully:
Note: When requesting a quote/bid from a vendor, we highly recommend sharing our quote requirements with the sales representative and making them aware the quote is for a Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation grant application.
What inventory information should I provide?
Please include a list of apparatus, vehicles and other specialized equipment. Submitted equipment inventory documentation must include the name of your organization. The lists we receive vary in length depending on the size and type of organization. (For example, include items such as vehicles, extrication equipment, breathing devices, and personal protective equipment/PPE)
If my department is located more than 60 miles from a Firehouse Subs restaurant, should I still apply?
Our Foundation mainly focuses its resources in areas served by Firehouse Subs restaurants. We recognize the need of rural and volunteer departments throughout the country, and will consider applications outside of the 60 mile guideline.
When can we expect to find out if our grant has been approved or denied?
ALL applicants will be notified of a decision regarding their application within two months of the close of the grant deadline. Please do not contact restaurants or the Firehouse Subs Care Center with questions regarding your grant.
Does Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation fund requests for "use of force"?
As per our guidelines, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation does not accept grant requests for "use of force" items such as guns, tasers, riot gear, firearm simulators, or other use of force items.
Does the Foundation only work with specific equipment vendors?
No, the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation does not endorse any specific equipment vendor or brand. It is up to the grant applicant to submit a quote/bid for the requested equipment which will include the brand and manufacturer. As needed, the Foundation’s procurement team will evaluate pricing and reach out to other distributors of the same manufacturer and brand.
Does the Foundation fund requests for refurbished equipment?
No, our organization does not accept grant requests for refurbished or pre-owned equipment.
Does the Foundation fund requests for patent-pending equipment?
No, our organization does not accept grant requests for patent-pending products.
Does the Foundation accept requests for partial funding?
The Foundation does consider request for partial funding, however, the balance of funds must already be secured and outlined within your grant request.
We ask that you include a note about the project and the secured funding as part of your organization's background/history attachment if submitting a request for partial funding.
If approved, what is required by the recipient?
Documentation must be submitted to verify that the grant award was received. More details will be provided if approved.
We are unable to provide any additional assistance due to the volume of applications received daily. For technical questions, please email Foundation@FirehouseSubs.com.
How can an individual apply for a Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation scholarship?
The scholarship program is open to community members as well as Firehouse Subs employees planning to enroll in a part-time or full-time firefighter, law enforcement or emergency medical (paramedic or EMT) program at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational technical school for the upcoming academic year. Click here to learn more.
How can accredited schools apply for scholarship funding?
Accredited schools can apply for scholarship funding in support of firefighter, law enforcement or emergency medical (paramedic or EMT) programs by completing the online grant applications via grants.firehousesubs.com.