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 VFA grant application period is currently CLOSED. The 2014 Grant Application package will be available in May 2014. Please check back for updated postings.

Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants Awards

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VFA grants help volunteer fire departments to build capacity for wildland fire protection in the communities they serve. In 2013, Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) grants were awarded to 43 Fire Departments in 15 counties for $90,901. The total estimated project cost was $195,531. Below is VFA award information for 2004-2013.

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