Application deadline: January 15, 2020
Extension/Course change requests: April 1, 2021
Course delivery deadline: May 31, 2021
Reporting document deadline: June 30, 2021
The Fire Services Training Program (FSTP) provides funding to support communities in ensuring their local fire services are adequately trained to safely and effectively respond based on identified risk.
Key outcomes of the program include:
- Alberta communities are supported in developing capacity to prevent, prepare for , and respond to identified risk
- training of fire services remains current and is updated as required
- training aligns with and supports community planning
For more information, read the Fire Services Training Program: Program Guidelines document.
The allocated funding supplements the approved training. The municipality/training group must agree to contribute any outstanding funds for the training.
Funding is made as a lump-sum payment to the hosting municipality or First Nation.
Eligible entities include Alberta’s:
- Métis settlements
- First Nations communities
- partnerships of the above or partnerships with a municipality as the primary applicant
Ineligible entities include:
- applicants with history of non-compliance
- for-profit business/corporations
Eligible project costs
Eligible costs for projects and courses include, but are not limited to:
- fire services training, and
- specialized training programs
Ineligible project costs include:
- capital or equipment purchases, repairs, upgrading or maintenance
- wages, stipends, meals, travel or honoraria for students
- training carried out before the minister signs the Conditional Grant Agreement (CGA)
- Incident Command System courses
- training completed prior to receiving Minister approval
- rental of owned classrooms and equipment
- in-house instructor fees (i.e. training is not intended to subsidize an employee’s full-time salary, but may be paid to volunteers as contractors).
How to apply
Step 1. Read the guidelines
Read the most recent Fire Services Training Program: Program Guidelines
Step 2. Complete
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Fire Services Training Program application form (PDF, 3.7 MB)
Refer to Appendix 1 of the Fire Services Training Program: Program Guidelines for instructions on completing different sections of the application form. (PDF, 61 KB)
Step 3. Submit the application package
All applications must be received by the January 15, 2020 deadline.
Mail or email your application form, detailed plan and letter of collaboration (if applicable) to:
Public Safety Division
Alberta Municipal Affairs
16th Floor, Commerce Place
10155 102 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 4L4
After you apply
Applications will be evaluated on the following criteria:
- a comprehensive plan outlining timelines for training completion
- a letter of support demonstrating the collaboration with training partners, including a breakdown of course hosting
- meeting compliance in previous years and history of training completed
All courses or the full requested amount may not be awarded.
Applicants will be notified within 2 and 1/2 months of the application deadline. Both successful and unsuccessful applicants will receive a notification.
Successful applicants will sign a Conditional Grant Agreement (CGA). Only after the Minister (or his delegated representative) signs this agreement can training start.
The terms of the agreement include:
- the use of the grant for approved purposes only
- reporting and accountability requirements
- the Minister’s right to audit any project
- the Minister’s right to require a refund of any grant funds not used in accordance with the agreement
Minister’s decisions regarding grant funding are final.
First Nations applicants
First Nations must submit a Band Council Resolution along with the signed CGA.
Reporting documents are due June 30, 2021.
Use the FSTP Reporting Form to help fill out your reporting requirements.
You will need to submit information that demonstrates:
- that the total grant received was used in accordance with the CGA
- include all receipts/invoices
- a description of the training undertaken
- certification that the municipality or First Nation did not use any portion of the grant to carry out any training before the original CGA was signed by the Minister of Municipal Affairs
- that course(s) were completed by May 31, 2021 or by the completion date as stated in an amended CGA
If you have any questions about the program or these guidelines, contact the Grants Coordinator.