Jenny’s Heroes Canada - Supporting Volunteer Firefighters across Ontario

Jenny’s Heroes Canada - Supporting Volunteer Firefighters across Ontario

The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs is pleased to announce that we have partnered with Jenny's Heroes Canada, an organization looking to support volunteer firefighters across Ontario by providing an equipment grant, up to $25,000!
Through Jenny’s Heroes Canada, the Jenny Jones Foundation is offering a grant of up to $25,000 to provide safety equipment to Ontario’s volunteer fire departments. “I have a profound respect for anyone who chooses a life of service to the community,” says Jenny, “even more so when the risks are great.” Jones grew up in London, Ontario and wishes to give back to her home province.  
In May of 2018, the Jenny Jones Foundation reached out to the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) with a vision to give back to those volunteers who serve in their communities, and where a financial contribution would make a significant impact.  The OAFC immediately recognized the potential to work with Jenny, by providing a medium to reach those departments in Ontario, where this opportunity would make a difference.  In addition, the opportunity aligned well with the OAFC’s mandate to provide access to resources that help support our members’ role as fire and emergency service leaders in their communities. 
Jenny Jones is best known for hosting the nationally syndicated talk show "Jenny Jones,” but her resume includes many careers including waitress, bookkeeper, temp worker, fashion model, caterer, comedian, musician, singer, songwriter, author, food blogger, and philanthropist. The Jenny Jones Foundation was established in 2005 as a means to provide assistance to those who are underserved.  In 2008 Jones established "Jenny's Heroes", a program where she committed close to two million dollars to be given to individuals who used it to improve their communities.  After choosing one hundred Heroes and covering all fifty states, Jones concluded the "Jenny's Heroes" program, but she continues to help communities in need. In the summer of 2016, Jenny donated $200,000 to fund a new, state-of-the-art playground in her hometown of London, Ontario.  The following year, Jenny made a $50,000 donation to My Sister’s Place, a London shelter that provides services to all women without judgement.
Jenny’s Heroes Canada’s goal is to help small, volunteer firefighter-based departments purchase gear, equipment and/or technology to assist them in providing emergency first response in their community.  
Grant submissions are now closed.

Grant Submissions are open from Monday, July 23, 2018 and close on Friday, August 31, 2018.  Grant applications will be reviewed and selected based on needs and impact to the local community by a validation committee from the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs and shared with Jenny’s Heroes Canada.

To be eligible and considered for the equipment grant, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must be a fire department in the Province of Ontario (either municipal or be regulated by a fire services board) whose full complement of suppression firefighters are volunteer-based. (both volunteer and many composite departments are eligible).
  • Obtain support from your municipal chief administrative officer and/or fire services board as well as the fire chief.
  • Complete the application form in full.
  • Agree to the terms and conditions of a funding request.

Full details can be found by downloading the application form at the bottom of this page.  

The OAFC is extremely grateful to Jenny's Heroes Canada for this generous opportunity and we hope we can continue work with such a dedicated and renowned philanthropist.  We encourage you to visit Jenny's Heroes Canada website at for more information on this program, and to see some of the other great work Jenny has done over the years.

How to apply:

Download the application information and form below.  Please ensure you read it in full.  All applications and supporting documentation must be submitted no later than Friday, August 31, 2018 to the attention of:
Jenny’s Heroes Canada Equipment Grant
c/o Michelle O’Hara, Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs
520 Westney Road South, Unit 22, Ajax, Ontario  L1S 6W6
Email:   Fax:  905-426-3032
Notes:  The OAFC has a 6MB email size restriction.  If your application package exceeds that size, please contact us and we will provide you with a link where you can upload your application to us directly.
Questions regarding the Jenny’s Heroes Canada Equipment Grant can be sent to Michelle O’Hara, by email to or call 905-426-9865 x222.