Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) Grant
Local fire departments can obtain equipment for wildland firefighting and build their capacity for wildfire response with grants from the Volunteer Fire Assistance Program (VFA). The VFA provides grants to local governments with funds made available by the USDA Forest Service to help communities protect themselves from catastrophic wildland fires. The EMNRD Forestry Division administers the VFA grant program. A maximum of $25,000 per qualifying fire department per year is available for purposes that include equipping rural fire departments with wildland fire equipment, organizing rural fire departments for wildland fire response, and wildland fire prevention activities. Eligible applicants are municipalities, counties, and tribes that service rural communities with less than 10,000 people and can provide a 10 percent cost-share match using only state or local funds for the required match.
How to Apply
Funding for this program is provided by the USDA Forest Service. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.