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2019 HFA Grant Round now open through 9/13/19!

All qualified organizations will be asked to complete a simple grant intake form. Forms will be accepted until 9/13/2019 – our friends at the Community Foundation of Oneida & Herkimer Counties will review all submissions following that date and determine the funding recipients for this year. All departments may apply.

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Beekman 1802 Gold Sponsorship!

We want to thank our friends at Beekman 1802 for becoming our first official Gold Sponsors for the 6th annual Run 4 the Hills for First Responders! Your support is greatly appreciated! Visit Beekman 1802 on Main Street in Sharon Springs, NY.

HFA Welcomes Berkshire Farm Center & Services for Youth as returning corporate sponsors!

2019 is Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth’s 2nd year as a lead sponsor for Hero Fund America and we are excited to continue our partnership! The work of first responders is imperative to our mission of keeping children safe in their home communities. Berkshire provides preventative and foster care programming for children and families across New York state. Hero Fund America’s dedication to providing grants for training and equipment to first responders is an essential part of creating a safe and better future for our youth and families. First Responders and Foster Parents are the heroes who make our missions possible. Thank you for your sponsorship!

6th annual Run 4 the Hills for First Responders, May 4, 2019

If you haven’t experienced it yet, our annual signature event will lift your spirits, elevate your heart rate, and remind you why supporting Hero Fund America is so important! Online registration is open. This year we are offering a $1,000 cash prize for each first place finishing team competing in Fire, EMS and Law Enforcement (along with trophies), individual ribbons in each division (1st, 2nd & 3rd place) and a pair of New Balance sneakers to the first male & female finisher with an open drawing for the third! All wrapped up with a post-race party behind the American Hotel in Sharon Springs that you will never forget. Don’t want to participate but interested in sponsorships? Email: for more information!

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2018 HFA FUND grant awards announced!

Congratulations to our 2018 HFA Fund grant recipients, administered through the Community Foundation of Oneida & Herkimer Counties: the Southern University Police Department, Baton Rouge, LA, the Sharon Springs Joint Fire District, Sharon Springs, NY, Global Rescue Systems, Morrisville, MO, & the Niagara Engine Company No. 6 Schoharie Fire Department, Schoharie, NY. Thank you to all our applicants. Stay tuned for 2019 grant opportunities!

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HFA 2018 Grant Opportunity!

All EMS, Fire and Law Enforcement Agencies may apply for our 2018  HFA Fund grant opportunity through September 15, 2018. If your department is in need of equipment, additional training or education, we encourage you to apply. Follow this link to find the grant intake form. The HFA endowment Fund is administered through our friends at the Oneida-Herkimer Community Foundation in Utica, NY.

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HFA 2nd annual Rally for First Responders!

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Join us on the weekend of September 21st in Sharon Springs, NY for the second annual HFA Rally for First Responders! We promise one of the most spectacular scenic drives throughout the Adirondack, Green and Berkshire Mountains for a stunning two day driving experience you will never forget. Proceeds will benefit the HFA Endowment Fund which makes grants supporting education, training and life saving equipment needs for first responders. Click here for more information and to register (opens in a new window)