Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation Grant Program

2018 Grant Period Now Open!

The Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation’s grant program provides funds to departments in need of personal life 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 a grant application.

Grant Application Requirements

  1. 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 and average number of personnel responding on apparatus.
  2. How will your department maintain proficiency in the use of your PSS?
  3. The number of systems being supported by grant funding and an estimate from a vendor for equipment and training (the Foundation does not support a particular system and encourages you to seek competitive bids).

Required Support Documentation

The below information must be submitted with your grant request:

  1. A list of the members to receive the personal safety systems (PSS) and training
  2. Copy of 2 most recent years detailed budget
  3. Copy of 2 most recent years detailed balance sheets and actuals
  4. Copy of all pages of the signed grantees most recent applicable Form 990 ”Return of Organization Exempt Form Income Tax” as filed with the IRS
  5. Copy of all pages of the most recent tax exempt filing as applicable in the grantees state
  6. A signed notarized statement acknowledging the items are truthful by the representative of the Grantee.
  7. Hold Harmless Agreement signed by Grantee

Since 2013, the Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation has awarded nearly $242,000 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 info@joeydfoundation.org if you have any questions.

Grant Applications will be accepted between January 1 – September 30, 2018.
Grantee(s) will be notified after the 2018 Seminar.


Grants Awarded

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

Pleasantville Fire Department

Pleasantville, New Jersey

Date Awarded: 2017

Castle Valley Fire District

Moab, Utah

Date Awarded:

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

Mount Hope Fire Department

Otisville, New York

Date Awarded: September 29, 2015

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: May 17, 2014

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The Lieutenant Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation, Inc. (Foundation) exists to assist fire departments with their ability to purchase and train with rescue equipment. Toward that end, the Foundation does so without regard to race, religion, creed, color, gender, sexual orientation or age. The Foundation’s By-Laws, Annual Report, and Conflict of Interest Policy are available by writing to the Foundation at its home address.