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Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) Phase II Grant Program

Grants to Washington Fire Departments and Districts in
Rural Areas for Wildfire Suppression Training and Equipment

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Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Deadline Date:

12/01/19 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants of up to $12,000 to Washington fire districts and fire departments serving rural areas to support training and firefighting equipment purchases related to wildfire suppression efforts. Funding is intended to support communication systems development, fire prevention education, equipment purchases, property refurbishment, dry hydrant construction, and training programs.

The objective of the VFA program is to improve the capacity and capability of rural and volunteer fire protection districts that protect rural communities and play a substantial cooperative role in the suppression of wildland fires within or near federally managed lands.

The following projects are eligible:

  • Firefighter Property Conversion/Refurbishment – Includes funding for transport, conversion and/or refurbishment of vehicles obtained through the Firefighter Property Program in support of wildfire suppression.
  • Non-Firefighter Property Conversion/Refurbishment – Includes funding for purchase, conversion and/or refurbishment of vehicles to be utilized in support of wildfire suppression.
  • Fire Equipment – Equipment suitable for wildland fire use. Includes portable pumps, water tanks (e.g. porta tanks), chainsaws. Also includes generators (e.g. backup power at fire stations). PPE and other equipment offered through Phase 1 is not eligible with the exception of hand tools, hose, hose fittings, and radios (for radios see “communications”).
  • Communications – Includes the development of single or multi-district communications systems, radios (vehicle and handheld), base stations, and repeaters.
  • Training – Includes the development and implementation of programs designed for training in grass or wildland fire suppression, including instructors, facility rental and materials.
  • Fire Prevention – Includes the development and implementation of fire prevention education programs, including Firewise workshops or prevention planning, including GIS planning projects.
  • Dry Hydrant – Includes planning, construction and operational use of a dry hydrant system.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184523

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant award per fire district/fire department is $12,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed and all reimbursement requests received by DNR no later than close of business March 15, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Fire District/Fire Department Eligibility
Fire districts/fire departments in Washington State that:
- Respond to a wildland fire on private, state, or federal lands, and
- Provide service to:
- A rural area or a rural community with a population of 10,000 or less, or
- A community with a population greater than 10,000 that includes service to a rural community of 10,000 or less (funding must be used to benefit the rural community)
- Grant funds must benefit the rural area or rural community

Ineligible Projects
The following are not eligible for funding:
- Major expenditures such as building construction
- Land acquisition or building repairs
- Rural Emergency Medical Service programs
- Water line construction and hydrants
- Structural fire engines, ladder trucks, and structure PPE
- Wellness programs

Pre-Application Information:

The application period opens October 15, 2019.

Match requirement for all eligible projects within the Volunteer Fire Assistance Program is 50% of project
cost (one dollar of eligible match for each grant dollar expended).

Grant funding will be awarded to successful applicants by February 15, 2020.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit the application by email, mail, or hand delivery to:

Wildfire Division
ATTN: Phase 2 Grant Applications
Washington State Department of Natural Resources
1111 Washington Street SE
MS 47037
Olympia, WA 98504-7037 (For emails, attach a scanned copy of the signed application.)

Tel. 360-902-1300
Fax 360-902-1757

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington