HFA Fund

The Hero Fund America permanent charitable endowment fund (the HFA Fund) was established in 2016 and is administered through The Community Foundation of Oneida & Herkimer Counties in Utica, NY.

The fund provides grants on an annual basis to Fire, EMS & Law Enforcement Agencies supporting education, training, equipment & mental health care needs for first Responders. Hero Fund America grants are open to any Fire, EMS or Law Enforcement Agency in the U.S. The 2023 grant round is open from May 1 – June 30. Please follow this link for the application.

Community Foundation President & CEO Alicia Dicks, Nick Grimmer, Director of Giving Strategies & Hero Fund America Board of Directors, 2019


The 2024 grant round will open on June 1!

More information is available here

HFA icon

Alicia Dicks

President/CEO of the Community Foundation, Utica, New York

“Hero Fund America pays tribute to emergency response organizations in a unique way by supporting their education, training and equipment needs—it’s a small token of their appreciation to these selfless, inspiring individuals. We are honored that we get to play such an active role in helping HFA live out its mission and provide first responders with the tools and resources they need to do their jobs more efficiently, effectively and above all, safely.