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Virginia Fire Fund – Aid to Localities (ATL)

Grants to Virginia Cities, Counties, and Towns to
Upgrade Firefighters' Equipment and Skills

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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. Funds can be used for training volunteer and career firefighters; constructing new or expanding existing regional or local fire department training facilities; providing fire prevention and public safety programs; purchasing emergency medical care and equipment for fire personnel; payment of personnel costs related to fire and medical training for fire personnel; and for purchasing personal protective equipment, vehicles, equipment and supplies.

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GrantWatch ID#: 156056

Estimated Size of Grant:

Counties and cities: starting at $10,000. Towns: starting at $4,000.

Term of Contract:

The allocation of funds is scheduled upon successive 12-month periods coincident with the Commonwealth’s fiscal periods. The carry-over by jurisdictions of ATL held by them from one fiscal (Reporting) period to the next shall not generally be abridged.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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

Jurisdictions Eligible for ATL – The Code requires at §38.2-401.B that allocations shall be made from the FUND to jurisdictions “…providing fire service operations to be used for the improvement of volunteer and career fire services in each of the receiving localities.”

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

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

Pre-Application Information:

In order for jurisdictions to collect their ATL, the Code requires that they satisfactorily complete and submit timely two (2) documents to the Virginia Department of Fire Programs (VDFP or Agency) annually:
- An Annual Report in which they must report to the Agency on the prior year’s ATL usage
- A Disbursement Agreement for ATL funds they are presently allocated to receive.

Scheduled disbursement dates for FY-2018:

- Forms received by Friday, August 18, 2017 -- Funds released for transfer by Friday, September 22, 2017
- Forms received by Friday, November 17, 2017 -- Funds released for transfer by Friday, December 15, 2017
- Forms received by Friday, February 16, 2018 -- Funds released for transfer by Friday, March 23, 2018
- Forms received by Friday, May 25, 2018 -- Funds released for transfer by Friday, June 29, 2018

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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Geographic Focus:

USA: Virginia