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Virginia Fire Fund – Aid to Localities (ATL)

Grants to Virginia Cities, Counties, and Towns for
Firefighting Equipment and Skills Training

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Grants starting at $4,000 to Virginia towns, and grants starting at $10,000 to Virginia counties and cities for fire department operations. Funding is intended for the purchase of firefighting equipment and protective clothing, training, and the construction of training centers.

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;


  • For purchasing personal protective equipment, vehicles, equipment and supplies for use in the receiving locality specifically for fire service purposes.
  • Diesel exhaust removal systems, decontamination equipment, and commercial extractors, that are designed to reduce the incidence of cancer among firefighters.

GrantWatch ID#:

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

ATL Funds allocated to the jurisdictions shall not be used directly or indirectly to supplant or replace any other funds appropriated by the counties, cities, and towns for fire service operations.

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 b:
- Friday, August 16, 2019, will have its ATL funds released by VDFP for transfer by Friday, September 20, 2019.
- Friday, November 15, 2019, will have its ATL funds released by VDFP for transfer by Friday, December 20, 2019.
- Friday, February 14, 2020, will have its ATL funds released by VDFP for transfer by Friday, March 20, 2020.
- Friday, May 22, 2020, will have its ATL funds released by VDFP for transfer by Friday, March 20, 2020.

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.

Forward all completed paperwork to:
VDFP Budget and Grants Manager
1005 Technology Park Drive
Glen Allen VA 23059-4500

Brenda Scaife
Chief Administrative Officer
Tel: 804.249.1966
Fax: 804.371.3444

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