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Virginia Fire Fund – Aid to Localities (ATL)

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Grants to Virginia cities, counties and towns to improve operations of local fire departments. Funding is intended to purchase firefighting equipment and protective clothing, training, and to construct new training facilities. Funding allocations will be population-based.

ATL Funds allocated to the jurisdictions shall be used solely for the purposes of:

  • Training volunteer or career firefighting personnel in each of the receiving localities;
  • Funding fire prevention and public safety education programs;
  • Constructing, improving and expanding regional or local fire service training facilities;
  • Purchasing emergency medical care and equipment for fire personnel;
  • Payment of personnel costs related to fire and medical training for fire personnel;
  • Purchasing personal protective equipment, vehicles, equipment and supplies for use in the receiving locality specifically for fire service purposes; or
  • Providing training and education, and purchasing products, including personal protective equipment, diesel exhaust removal systems, decontamination equipment, and commercial extractors, that are designed to reduce the incidence of cancer among firefighters.

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GrantWatch ID#: 156056

Estimated Size of Grant:

As provided in 38.2-401.B, distributions from the Fund shall be made on the basis of population; however, no eligible county or city shall receive less than $10,000, nor eligible town less than $4,000. The Virginia Fire Services Board shall be authorized to exceed allocations of $10,000 for eligible counties and cities and $4,000 for eligible towns, respectively. Allocations to jurisdictions shall be fair and equitable. Any increases or decreases in such allocations shall be uniform for all localities.

Term of Contract:

Funds received each June 30 from SCC are used for ATL in the fiscal period beginning July 1st.

Jurisdictions may ‘carry-forward’ ATL funds. Any such balances carried-forward shall be accounted for by the jurisdiction in its mandated Annual Report.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Financial assistance is provided to cities, counties, and incorporated towns throughout the state.

Eligibility is restricted to jurisdictions within the Commonwealth of Virginia as provided in Code of Virginia 38.2-401.B. Fire Departments or fire service organizations are not eligible to directly receive ATL funds from the Agency.

The following items are not permitted as an allowable use of ATL funds:
- Sales Tax.
- Routine maintenance expenses.
- Medical equipment, supplies, and vehicles used for emergency or ambulatory medical treatment for non-firefighting personnel.
- Compensation for lost wages due to class attendance or participation.
- Replacement of or to supplant locally appropriated funds.

Pre-Application Information:

Scheduled disbursement dates for FY-2020.

Properly completed forms received from a jurisdiction by:
- Friday, August 21, 2020, will have its ATL funds released by VDFP for transfer by Friday, September 25, 2020.
- Friday, November 20, 2020, will have its ATL funds released by VDFP for transfer by Friday, December 25, 2020.
- Friday, February 19, 2021, will have its ATL funds released by VDFP for transfer by Friday, March 19, 2021.
- Friday, May 21, 2021, will have its ATL funds released by VDFP for transfer by Friday, June 25, 2021.

Virginia Code §38.2-401 – Fire Programs Fund:

Contact Information:

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

Virginia Department of Fire Programs
Virginia Fire Services Board
1005 Technology Park Drive
Glen Allen VA 23059-4500

Brenda Scaife, Chief Administrative Officer
Tel: 804.249.1966

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