Jenny's Heroes Canada 2019 Ontario Fire Services Equipment Grant

The 2019 Spring/Summer Jenny’s Heroes Canada Ontario Fire Service Equipment Grant winners have been selected!

The Spring/Summer grant was bigger than ever due to the proven needs of Ontario’s volunteer fire departments. Jenny Jones, though her foundation, Jenny’s Heroes Canada, offered grants of up to $25,000 for an individual volunteer fire department, with grants totaling $50,000 to be awarded just in the Spring/Summer grant period.
 
In 2019, Jenny has generously donated almost $100,000 to volunteer fire departments across Ontario to help purchase new fire safety equipment, and has promised to continue the grants so long as there’s a need.  Since the inception of the Jenny’s Heroes Canada Ontario Fire Service Equipment Grant, she has donated just over $140,000!
 

We are pleased to announce that there are five recipients selected for the spring/summer grants, totaling $52,000!! 

Fire Department
Amount
Equipment
Need
Watten Fire Department
$18,000
The purchase of a SC 358E2 Combi rescue tool (Jaw’s of Life).
In 1996, after a tragic accident, a family donated the “Jaws of Life” to their department as Watten did not have these tools available. The equipment is now over 20 years old, is not in working condition, and is irreparable. This new tool will ensure the department can provide sufficient rescue services on a long stretch of highway.
Pikwakanagan Fire Rescue
$15,000
Bunker Gear (jacket, pants, helmet, boots, gloves, and balaclava).
Most of the departments gear is outdated, and none of it fits their female firefighters. The new bunker gear will protect Pikwakanagan firefighters, significantly increasing health and safety.
Puslinch Fire & Rescue Service
$10,000
Fire rated, high visible, lightweight coveralls.
To increase health and safety of firefighters for MVC, wildland/crop/brush fires and as a change of garments at vehicle/structure fires.
Robinson Township Fire Department
$5,000
1999 GMC Water Tender
The department spends a significant time sourcing parts for water tenders that are over 40yrs old.  The newer truck is easier to maintain and is safer to drive with heavier duty suspension
Perry Township Fire Department
$4,000
Two portable scene lights
This will help firefighter safety when responding to an emergency, especially in remote areas.
Once again, Jenny reached out directly to those who were selected to give them the good news. “I’m always so excited to make personal calls to let each selected fire department know they are receiving the equipment they need. And when I’m told, “This will definitely save lives,” I can’t even describe the joy it brings me.  It’s my privilege to support the volunteers who give so much of themselves to help their communities and I look forward to giving more.” Jenny Jones.
 

Congratulations to all recipients!

If you missed out on the Spring/Summer grant period you still have one more chance in 2019 to receive a grant for up to $25,000, to help with the purchase of new safety equipment.  The final grant period for the year opens for submissions on September 9th.  Information about the grant process and application is available below.
 

About Jenny's Heroes Canada Ontario Fire Service Equipment Grant

The majority of fire departments in Ontario rely on the services of volunteer firefighters to provide fire protection, education and emergency first response in their communities.  Due to smaller populations, with a smaller tax base, many of these departments are challenged to purchase new equipment, gear and technology to protect these firefighters so they can provide the skilled, competent and caring services to the residents they are committed to protect.
 
Through Jenny’s Heroes Canada, the Jenny Jones Foundation is offering grants 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 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 significant 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. 
 
In July of 2018, the OAFC and Jenny Jones launched Jenny’s Heroes Canada Fire Service Equipment Grant to support volunteer fire services in Ontario.  There was an overwhelming response from departments across Ontario with more than 100 applications received. Both the OAFC and Jenny were amazed at the incredible response and participation in such an exciting opportunity. After a final review and based on the significant need identified through the application process, Jenny decided to increase the amount of her Jenny’s Heroes Canada grant to $50,000 from the original amount of $25,000, offering grants to six departments who purchased an array of equipment to assist in their public safety efforts. 
 
“Wow! We received more applications than anyone expected,” says Jenny. “It’s clear the need is great, so I remain committed to continue providing safety equipment to Ontario’s volunteer firefighters. Let’s keep it going!”   
 

Fall 2019

Jenny’s Heroes Canada decided after the first grant opportunity in 2019, to continue their support, and is offering three (3) Ontario Fire Service Equipment Grant Opportunities in 2019. After the completion of the winter 2019 grant opportunity, Jones has since committed $50,000 for both the spring/summer and fall opportunities, with no individual grant to exceed $25,000. 
 

To date, Jenny's Heroes Canada has donated over $140,000 to Ontario fire departments!!

 
The following table outlines the applicable 2019 grant application submission/closing dates:
Submission Opens
Submission Closes
Recipient Announced
Disbursement
Winter 2019
January 7, 2019
February 8, 2019
March 4, 2019
March-April 2019
Spring/Summer 2019
May 13, 2019
June 14, 2019
July 5, 2019
July-August 2019
Fall 2019
September 9, 2019
October 11, 2019
November 8, 2019
November-December 2019
 

About the Jenny Jones Foundation

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.
 

About the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs

The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) was established in 1952 to lead innovation and excellence in public and life safety. To achieve this, we provide a recognized, authoritative voice for all matters relating to the management and delivery of fire and emergency services in Ontario. The OAFC represents more than 700 municipal chief fire officers from across Ontario. These chief officers are ultimately responsible, by statute, for the management and delivery of fire, rescue and emergency response to the province’s 13 million residents.
 

Equipment Grant Application Process & Information  

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. Grants can be up to $25,000.
 
The 2019 fall grant application submission will open on Friday, October 11, 2019 and closes on Friday, November 8, 2019Grant 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. For greater clarity, the department can have full time administrative staff, however, ALL suppression staff must be volunteers.
  • Have an annual budget less than $800,000.
  • 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 the funding request.

Grant Application Considerations

To ensure your department has the best possible chance of being selected for a 2019 Equipment Grant from Jenny’s Heroes Canada, please review the following notes from the selection panel:
 
  • Complete your application in full. Ensure your contact information is correct.
  • Ensure you comply with the terms and conditions outlined in this application.
  • Note the amount you are requesting.  There is a section on the application that asks for this amount.  Remember: there are no funds transferred directly to the successful recipient. 
  • HST is not taken into consideration in the application process.  Ensure your request outlines the amount without HST (you can request up to $25,000 without HST).
  • Providing examples in your application that specifically demonstrates the need for the request, is helpful to the selection panel.
  • Consider using videos, photos and images from the department in action, and testimonials in your application.  These are useful tools in helping the selection panel understand your request and the specific need your department has.
  • It should be very clear to the panel exactly what equipment is being requested, and the cost of the equipment. If requesting more than one item, each item should be separately priced and listed in order of most needed first.
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 https://www.jennysheroescanada.com/ for more information on this program, and to view previous grant recipients.
 

How to apply:

The Fall 2019 Jenny's Heroes Canada Ontario Fire Services Equipment Grant will open on October 11, 2019.  The application will be availabe the week of September 30, 2019.  

Questions regarding the Jenny’s Heroes Canada Equipment Grant can be sent to Michelle O’Hara, Operations & Business Development Manager, by email to michelle.ohara@oafc.on.ca or call 905-426-9865 x222.
 
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The application will be available the week of September 30, 2019