Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation Grants for Fire Departments

The Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation works to fulfill our mission of keeping firefighters safe by providing the equipment and training they need to survive. Although our 2020 fundraising efforts have been affected by this global pandemic, we will soon begin to review applications for our 2020 grant program. While our funds are limited because of this global crisis, we are still committed to helping provide life-saving equipment to fire departments in need. You can help too, by making a donation to the Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation. Every donation, large or small, helps us care for those who protect us.

Grants for Fire Departments

The Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation provides grants to fire departments in need of personal safety rope systems. If your department is in the U.S. or Canada and does not have means to this important safety equipment, please download and submit the 2022 grant application starting on January 1, 2022.

Grant Application Requirements

  1. Please fill out the department information and Grant Indemnification and Hold Harmless Agreement.
  2. Submit a brief essay describing your need for personal safety rope systems (PSS). This should include why your department needs financial support to complete this purchase, number of alarms answered annually, average number of personnel responding on apparatus, and total number of members in your department. Please explain, how will your Department maintain proficiency in the use of your PSS.

Required Support Documentation

The below information must be submitted with your grant request:

  1. Provide a copy of where you obtained your demographic information documentation for your response area, including the date of the information.
  2. Please include an estimate from a vendor for equipment and training (the Foundation does not support a particular system and encourages you to seek competitive bids). The award check will be made out to the vendor and not the department. Note: Grants will not exceed $12,000 per year. Grant requests exceeding $12,000, if approved, will be awarded at approximately $12,000 per year, and departments will be required to reapply each year.
  3. Please explain what type of fundraising you have done/will do in the current year and what funds you have raised and what funds you expect to raise.
  4. Please provide a copy of two most recent years detailed budget.
  5. Include a copy of two most recent years detailed balance sheets and actuals (Actuals reflect how much revenue an account has actually generated or how much money an account has paid out in expenditures at a given point in time during a fiscal year).
  6. Please provide a signed copy of your 2021 or most recent Form 990, if applicable. (If you are a municipal department, please state N/A) 501(c)3 need to file with the IRS.
  7. A copy of your organization’s “Exempt Form Income Tax” as filed with the IRS if applicable. (If you are a municipal department, please state N/A).
  8. For the current year to date, please provide a listing of cash on hand, bonds, CDs, bank accounts, investments, and all monetary assets. If this is listed in your budget, please state so.
  9. Volunteer and/or combination departments, please provide a copy of your minutes from your two most recent meetings including the Financial/Treasurer’s report.
  10. Provide a listing of any federal, state, or private grants that you have received or will receive or have applied for this year with grant amount.
  11. Include a signed notarized statement acknowledging all the items and attachments are truthful by the representative of the Grantee.

Since 2013, the Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation has awarded over $694,353 to departments to equip and train their members with personal life safety ropes.

In 2014, the Foundation proudly established a grant partnership with The Leary Firefighters Foundation to provide this life-saving equipment and training to firefighters in New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts area.

Previous applicants who were not awarded a grant are invited to resubmit a new application. Please contact us at if you have any questions.

Grant Applications will be accepted between January 1 – June 30, 2022.
Grantee(s) will be notified after the 2021 Seminar.

Download the Grant Program Application

To submit your application, please E-mail a .pdf copy by June 30, 2022, to

Grants Awarded

The following departments have received financial assistance to purchase this life-saving safety equipment and related training.

Nittany Valley Volunteer Fire Company

Lamar, Pennsylvania

Date Awarded: 2021

Satellite Beach Fire Department

Satellite Beach, Florida

Date Awarded: 2021

Midway Fire/Rescue

Midway, Kentucky

Date Awarded: 2021

Gales Ferry Volunteer Fire Department

Gales Ferry, Connecticut

Date Awarded: 2021

Washington County Fire & EMS

Abingdon , Virginia

Date Awarded: 2021

Quincy Fire Department

Quincy, Massachusetts

Date Awarded: 2021

Center Harbor Fire Rescue

Center Harbor, New Hampshire

Date Awarded: 2021

Northwood Fire and Rescue Department

Northwood, New Hampshire

Date Awarded: 2021

Richland Township Volunteer Fire Department

Johnstown, Pennsylvania

Date Awarded: 2020

Westfall Township Fire Department

Matamoras, Pennsylvania

Date Awarded: 2020

Town of Dover Fire Department

Dover, New Jersey

Date Awarded: 2020

Central Stickney Fire Protection District

Chicago, Illinois

Date Awarded: 2020

Sabattus Fire Department

Sabattus, Maine

Date Awarded: 2020

Borough of Prospect Park Fire Department

Prospect Park, New Jersey

Date Awarded: 2020

Mansfield Fire Department

Mansfield, Ohio

Date Awarded: 2020

East 52 Celina Volunteer Fire Department

Celina, Tennessee

Date Awarded: 2020

Shady Valley Volunteer Fire Department

Shady Valley, Tennessee

Date Awarded: 2020

South Hutchinson Fire Department

South Hutchinson, Kansas

Date Awarded: 2020

Village of Spring Valley Volunteer Fire Department

Spring Valley, New York

Date Awarded: 2020

Port Jervis Fire Department

Port Jervis, New York

Date Awarded: 2019 & 2020

Manchester Fire-Rescue-EMS

Manchester, Connecticut

Date Awarded: 2019 & 2020

City of Erie Fire Department

Erie, Pennsylvania

Date Awarded: 2019 & 2020

Ventnor City Fire Department

Ventnor City, New Jersey

Date Awarded: 2019 & 2020

Wales Fire Department

Wales, Massachusetts

Date Awarded: 2019

Leominster Fire Department

Leominster, Massachusetts

Date Awarded: 2018 & 2019

Norwich Fire Department

Norwich, Connecticut

Date Awarded: 2019

Pleasantdale Fire Department

Troy, New York

Date Awarded: 2019

Eynon/Sturges Volunteer Hose Company #3

Eynon, Pennsylvania

Date Awarded: 2019

Jackson County Fire District #5

Phoenix, Oregon

Date Awarded: 2018

Wildwood Fire Department

Wildwood, New Jersey

Date Awarded: 2018

New London Fire Department

New London, Connecticut

Date Awarded: 2018

Riverside Fire Department

Riverside, Missouri

Date Awarded: 2018

Otter Creek Fire Department

Terre Haute, Indiana

Date Awarded: 2018

Morgantown Fire Department

Morgantown, West Virginia

Date Awarded: 2018

Kansas City Community College

Kansas City, Kansas

Date Awarded: 2018

Bucyrus Fire Department

Bucyrus, Ohio

Date Awarded: 2018

City of Barling Fire Department

Barling, Arkansas

Date Awarded: 2018

Citizens Volunteer Fire Company

Arnold, Pennsylvania

Date Awarded: 2018

Pleasantville Fire Department

Pleasantville, New Jersey

Date Awarded: 2017

Castle Valley Fire District

Moab, Utah

Date Awarded: 2017

Campville Fire Department

Endicott, New York

Date Awarded: 2017

Lynnfield Fire Department

Lynnfield, Massachusetts

Date Awarded: 2017

Moosup Valley Fire Department

Foster, Rhode Island

Date Awarded: 2017

Bellerose Fire Department

Bellerose Village, New York

Date Awarded: 2017

Lawrence Cedarhurst Fire Department

Lawrence, New York

Date Awarded: 2017

Pittsburg Texas Fire Rescue

Pittsburg, Texas

Date Awarded: 2017

Wright City Fire Protection District

Wright City , Missouri

Date Awarded: 2017

Scalp Level Paint Borough Volunteer Fire Department

Windber, Pennsylvania

Date Awarded: 2017

Berne Fire District

Berne, New York

Date Awarded: 2016

Oradell Fire Department

Oradell, New Jersey

Date Awarded: 2016

Palmyra Township Fire Department

Diamond, Ohio

Date Awarded: November 5, 2016

Livermore Fire and Rescue Department

Livermore, Maine

Date Awarded: November 5, 2016

Northeast Fire and Rescue Company

Summerdale, Pennsylvania

Date Awarded: November 5, 2016

Pennsburg Fire Department

Pennsburg, Pennsylvania

Date Awarded: November 5, 2016

King William Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad

Aylett, Virginia

Date Awarded: August 12 ,2015

Allendale Fire Department

Allendale, New Jersey

Date Awarded: July 13, 2015

Burdett Fire Department

Burdett, New York

Date Awarded: May 8, 2015

Montour Falls Fire Department

Montour Falls, New York

Date Awarded: October 23, 2014

Mount Hope Fire Department

Otisville, New York

Date Awarded: 2014 & 2015

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