California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)
05/04/21 11:59 PM
Grants of up to $20,000 to California cities, counties, special districts, and volunteer fire departments to improve firefighting and prevention capabilities of fire departments serving rural communities. Funding is intended to support the purchase of safety and communications equipment, as well as training programs and courses in structural fire and wildfire techniques. Priority will be given to multi-community projects (serving at least one community under 10,000 people) such as countywide planning, regional coordination groups, and several communities planning protection for an entire rural area.
The Rural Fire Capacity (RFC) Program is a Federally-funded grant program that allows California to provide local and rural fire departments with minor firefighting, training, communications, and safety equipment for their volunteer firefighters. The program provides funding to organize, train, and equip fire departments in rural areas and rural communities to prevent and suppress fires.
Training of local fire forces in both wildfire and structural fire techniques is a primary goal of this program. The program should include a basic training program of at least 40 hours. In addition, an advanced training course of at least 40 hours should be developed.
Communications, for alarm systems and dispatch capabilities, should be considered an integral part of the rural fire department. Funds are available for the development and purchase of radio equipment for dispatching centers, vehicles and alert monitors, and pagers.
GrantWatch ID#: 157339
Awards for departments are set at a minimum of $500 with a maximum of $20,000. Amounts may be adjusted based on the grant funding available. Financial assistance for any project cannot exceed 50% of actual expenditures.
Successful applicants must complete their approved project(s) using local funds between the Agreement Approval Date and June 30, 2022.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Please email the two required applications (scanned and signed, and unsigned in fillable format) to CALFIRE.GRANTS@FIRE.CA.GOV (In the subject line type “RFC Application” followed by the fire department’s name.)
Cooperator Program contact:
Doug Ferro, Deputy Chief
Phone: (916) 653-8362
FAX: (916) 653-9708
Cooperator Administrative contact:
Grants Management Unit
Megan Esfandiary, Grant Analyst
Phone: (916) 894-9845
The Cooperator Administrative contact is available for questions concerning invoices, billings, payments, deadlines, application instructions, agreement instructions, and any other administrative issues:
For regional CAL FIRE contact information, see:
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