The 2021 Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) Grant application period closes on July 15, at 4:00 pm.
The 2021 grant application can be found at: https://forms.gle/cG5nNAj8xUEKwaJW6
If you have any questions or issues applying online, please contact Shannon Wolfe at 301-331-6432 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The purpose of the VFA grant is to provide financial, technical, and related assistance to rural volunteer fire departments to build their capacity for wildland fire protection in the communities they serve. VFA grants are awarded in the maximum amount of $3000 per department on a 50/50 cost share basis to enhance wildland fire suppression capabilities.
VFA Grants may be used to purchase:
VFA grants may not be used for rescue equipment, EMS equipment, equipment intended solely for structural firefighting, purchasing vehicles, or capital improvements.
VFA grants are awarded on a "points system" based on the questions answered on the VFA application. Erroneous or inaccurate answers will result in 0 points for that particular question and at the discretion of the Forest Service, that application may be disqualified. If determined that questions on the grant application were answered inaccurately after the grants are awarded, that department's grant may be withdrawn after re-scoring and possibly disqualified. Any scenario where a fire department owes the State of Maryland money (back-taxes or otherwise), will affect DNR's ability to process a grant payment to that Department.
The Grant Application Process & Timeline:
VFA grants help volunteer fire departments to build capacity for wildland fire protection in the communities they serve. In 2019, Volunteer Fire Assistance grants were awarded to 42 Volunteer Fire Departments in 13 counties for $105,889. Below is VFA grant award information for 2004-2019.
2018 VFA Awards
2017 VFA Awards
2016 VFA Awards
2015 VFA Awards
2014 VFA Awards
2013 VFA Awards
2012 VFA Awards
2011 VFA Awards
2010 VFA Awards
2009 VFA Awards
2008 VFA Awards
2007 VFA Awards
2006 VFA Awards
2005 VFA Awards
2004 VFA Awards
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