Volunteer Fire Assistance Program

Objectives of the VFA Program

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  • Provide financial, technical, and related assistance to rural volunteer fire departments and their communities.
  • Award VFA sub-grants of up to $3000 per department on a 50/50 cost share basis to enhance wildland fire suppression capabilities.
  • Enhance firefighter safety and promote the use of wildland personal protective equipment.
  • Provide basic wildland fire training classes for volunteer fire department members.

Key Qualifying Guidelines

  • A single fire department serving a rural area or a rural community with a population of 10,000 or less is eligible (latest Census).
  • Area fire departments (fire districts, first due area, etc.) may serve an aggregate population of greater than 10,000 as long as the service area of the fire department includes a rural area or a rural community having a population of 10,000 or less.
  • Federal funds will reimburse up to 50 percent of the cost to the fire department after approval and certification that items have been received and paid for by the department (50/50 match grant).
  • Complete VFA guide at: http://www.fs.fed.us/fire/partners/vfa/help/guide.htm.
  • Grants will not be approved for medical, rescue, or HAZMAT equipment; capital construction projects; or vehicle purchase.

Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) Grant Application Package

The Volunteer Fire Assistance grant application period is currently open. The 2020 VFA grant applications are due by July 15, 2020 (close of Business). A department may submit one VFA grant application for a maximum grant award of $3,000 with $6,000 in qualifying expenses. Funding is distributed on a 50% reimbursable basis for the actual cost incurred by the Fire Department up to the grant award amount. Interested applicants can download the Grant Call Letter and Application.

Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants Award

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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.

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