(a)  A unit shall apply for a grant by using an online application made available by OSFM. This application shall contain the following information:

(1)           general contact information for the applicant;

(2)           a description of the unit, including the names and total number of active members, services provided, the number of volunteers and paid personnel and the total annual salary;

(3)           a list of current vehicles owned by the unit;

(4)           total county and city funding received by the unit;

(5)           contract information for each city and county; and

(6)           a list of equipment requested by the unit.

(b)  Online applications shall be submitted to OSFM and be electronic date stamped no later than October 1. Applications bearing electronic date stamps later than October 1 shall be disqualified.

(c)  Any application received by OSFM that is incorrect or incomplete shall be returned to the unit with a request that the correct or complete information be sent to OSFM within 10 business days after receipt by the unit. The failure by the unit to return the requested correct or complete information shall result in the forfeiture by the unit of its eligibility for a grant during that grant cycle.

(d)  Any unit listed on the Office of State Budget and Management Suspension of Funding List for Non State Entities available at http://www.osbm.state.nc.us/ shall be ineligible to participate in the grant program until the unit is removed from the Suspension of Funding List pursuant to G.S. 143C-6-23. If a unit is awarded a grant and becomes ineligible to receive funding due to being listed on the Suspension of Funding List, the unit may be required to forfeit the grant pursuant to 09 NCAC 03M .0801.

(e)  If the application includes a request for a motor vehicle, the vehicle specifications shall accompany the application. If a used vehicle is requested, then the previous year's maintenance records shall accompany the application. Maintenance records shall consist of items such as weekly or monthly vehicle checks that would include annual inspections, oil changes, fuel level, tire pressure, mileage, hour meter, and other pertinent fluid levels and service test records, if applicable.

(f)  The following documents shall accompany a grant application;

(1)           A Rescue Provider Statement showing that a county recognizes the unit as providing rescue or rescue/EMS services to a specified district. As used in this Subparagraph, "rescue provider statement" means a statement, signed by representatives of a unit and the county in which the rescue or rescue/EMS services are provided, that the unit provides rescue or rescue/EMS services within the county;

(2)           A current roster of unit members;

(3)           A statement verifying that the unit is financially able to match the amount of the grant in accordance with G.S. 58-87-5(a)(2); and

(4)           A financial statement of the unit.

(g)  Statements that there are no overdue taxes, conflict of interest statements as defined in G.S. 143C-6-23(b), payment agreements, and equipment invoices shall be received by OSFM no later than April 30. Units submitting incorrect invoices, such as sales orders, acknowledgements, and packing slips, before April 30 shall be contacted by OSFM and given 10 business days to submit the correct documents. The failure of any unit to comply shall result in the unit forfeiting its eligibility for a grant from the Fund. Equipment or capital improvements that are ordered by a unit before December 15 or equipment that is back-ordered by a vendor for a unit or equipment not received by a unit on or before April 30 shall not be funded by grants from the Fund.

(h)  OSFM may extend the April 30 deadline for invoice submission for the following:

(1)           new vehicles;

(2)           self-contained breathing apparatus;

(3)           personal protective equipment; or

(4)           capital improvements.

(i)  In order for the deadline to be extended pursuant to Paragraph (h) of this Rule, the unit shall notify OSFM in writing by March 31. OSFM shall review the grant extension request and may approve an extension of up to 90 days. If an extension greater than the initial 90 days is needed by the unit, another written request shall be submitted to OSFM no later than 30 days prior to the end of the first extension. The first extension shall be for 90 days, any subsequent extension and its length shall be determined by OSFM based on the information provided, but shall not exceed 90 days. Extensions may be granted for the following reasons: manufacturing delays, state declared disasters, shipping delays, and supply shortages.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 58-2-40(1); 58-87-5;

Eff. February 1, 1993;

Amended Eff. May 1, 2017; September 1, 2010; January 1, 2007.