Jenny's Heroes Canada 2020 Ontario Fire Services Equipment Grant

The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs is excited that Jenny's Heroes Canada has decided to support Ontario's volunteer fire departments by offering a grant opportunity for 2020!

2020 has certainly been unprecedented due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Normal, is no longer normal. Our first responders have faced many challenges due to the pandemic which has changed how we operate and respond to emergencies.  Concerns on staffing, PPE, and updating standard operating procedures based on best practices to ensure the safety of our personnel has been at the forefront of all of our fire services during the past few months.  It certainly has put additional pressures and strains on our fire departments.  This is why we are happy to announce that Jenny’s Heroes Canada has confirmed the 2020 Fire Service Equipment Grant, which will be opening on June 1!
In July of 2018, the OAFC and Jenny Jones launched the first Jenny’s Heroes Canada Ontario Fire Service Equipment Grant to support volunteer fire services in Ontario. There was an overwhelming response from departments all across Ontario. 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. 

Since reaching out to the OAFC in 2018, Jenny has donated nearly $200,000 to 22 volunteer fire departments across Ontario helping to purchase everything from a used 4x4 3/4 ton truck with an equipment cab, to bunker gear, from 'Jaws of Life', to scene lights, from radio repeaters to so much more. Thank you, Jenny!

Jenny expressed her gratitude to our first responders when announcing the 2020 grant. “I’m even more aware today of the sacrifices made by firefighters and volunteers and it’s an honour for me to help keep them safe,” said Jenny.  “I am thrilled to offer more grants to my beloved Ontario heroes.”
Details and the application for 2020, can be found below!

About Jenny's Heroes Canada, and 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 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. And, since 2018, Jenny has provided close to $200,000 worth of important safety equipment and supplies to support 22 volunteer fire departments all across Ontario.  To learn more, visit Jenny's Heroes Canada's website at

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.

2020 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 2020 grant submission is open from Monday, June 1, 2020 and closes on Friday, June 26, 2020.  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. For greater clarity, the department can have full time administrative staff, however, ALL suppression staff must be volunteers.
  • Have an annual budget less than $1,000,000.
  • 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.


All applications and supporting documentation for the 2020 grant must be submitted no later than Friday, June 26, 2020.  Submissions will be accepted via email, fax or mail. If your supporting documentation is too large to submit via email, please contact us and we will provide you with a link where you can upload your submission. The successful recipient will be selected by FridayJuly 10, 2020.  
Please send your submission to the attention of:
Jenny’s Heroes Canada 2020 Equipment Grant
C/o Michelle O’Hara, Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs
520 Westney Road South, Unit 22, Ajax, Ontario  L1S 6W6
Fax: 905-426-3032
Questions regarding the Jenny’s Heroes Canada Equipment Grant can be sent to Mark Tishman by email to or to Michelle O’Hara at