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Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant

Grants to Ohio Fire Departments for the Development
of Rural Fire Departments in Eligible Areas

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Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) - Division of Forestry

Deadline Date:

01/15/19 Postmarked or Emailed


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Ohio fire departments in eligible areas for projects and equipment that promote the development of rural fire departments. Funding is intended to support the formation of new departments, multi-community projects, and the purchase of equipment, vehicles, and communications apparatus.

Fire Departments serving communities with populations of under 10,000 who provide primary fire service coverage within the ODNR Forestry Wildfire Protection Area are eligible to apply.

Within the Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant program, priority will be given to departments in greatest need for the following projects:

A. Organization of new fire departments (those not yet in operation or recently organized)
B. Multi-community projects (county-wide projects or bulk purchases with four or more fire departments) or projects sponsored by county or regional fire associations.
C. Purchase of wildland slip in pump units for trucks and all terrain and utility vehicles (ATV/UTV)
D. Purchase of wildland personal protective equipment meeting NFPA 1977 Standard for Wildland Fire Protective Clothing (includes fire shelters).
E. Conversion of Federal Excess Personal Property (FEPP) and Fire Fighter Property (FFP) equipment to fire fighting apparatus.
F. Purchase of communication equipment with preference given to equipment compatable with Ohio’s MARCS system.
G. Purchase of Utility Vehicles and All Terrain Vehicles (UTV and ATV)

Projects not in the priority list will receive secondary consideration for funding

Any single piece of equipment purchased through the VFA program that costs $5,000 or greater is subject to USDA Forest Service property management and property disposal guidelines. ODNR Forestry will provide further instructions to successful candidates who are in this situation.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 149244

Estimated Size of Grant:

A maximum of $10,000 has been placed upon the amount of federal reimbursement grant dollars to be awarded to any one multi-community project or individual fire department.

Term of Contract:

Only purchases made after grants are awarded will be eligible for reimbursement. Proof of purchase and proof of payment made by the department must be submitted to ODNR Forestry by October 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant is a 50/50 matching grant open to Fire Departments within the ODNR Forestry wildfire protection area.

Only Fire Departments who provide primary fire service coverage within the ODNR Forestry Wildfire Protection Area are eligible for this opportunity. (For a map indicating the ODNR Forestry Wildfire Protection Area, see the VFA Grant Application listed in Supporting Documents below.)

Only Fire Departments who serve communities under 10,000 population qualify. However, for multi-community projects, the 10,000 limit may be exceeded and still qualify, providing none of the participating communities individually exceeds the 10,000 population limit.

Departments must have a Fire Department Identification number (FDID) to qualify.

Departments must have a DUNS Number that is registered with to qualify.

Departments need to be registered as a supplier with the State of Ohio in order to receive funds.

Communities imposing strict boundary limits which exclude rural residences or using a subscription or a fee response system will not be considered.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for return of the application to the Division of Forestry is January 15, 2019. Applications may be mailed or emailed, and must be postmarked or emailed no later than that date.

The grants are 50/50 matching reimbursement grants. This means a fire department that receives a grant must purchase the equipment prior to receiving reimbursement for 50% of the total project amount.

Applications for Multi-Community grants must have data for all participating fire protection agencies, with one agency designated as primary.

Contact Information:

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

Submit applications by mail or email to:

Aaron Kloss, Program Coordinator
ODNR - Ohio Division of Forestry
2045 Morse Road H-1
Columbus, OH 43229-6693

1-877-247-8733 Toll-free
(614) 265-6694
(614) 447-9231 Fax

Grant Coverage Areas:

ODNR Forestry Wildfire Protection Area

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Ohio