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Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant Program

Grants to Rural Illinois Fire Departments
for Training, Organization, & Equipment Expenses

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forest Resources in cooperation with U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service

Deadline Date:

07/31/15 3:00 PM

Description:

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Grants of up to $10,000 to Illinois volunteer fire departments to purchase equipment, and for training and organization expenses. Eligible applicants must be rural fire departments serving populations of 10,000 or fewer or include a rural fire department serving an area with a population of 10,000 or fewer with grant funds being expended for benefit of the rural population.

Items eligible for the VFA Grant Program include:
- Self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA)
- Protective clothing
- Training and necessary equipment
- Installation of Dry Hydrants to improve water supplies for fire suppression
- Communication equipment
- New motorized vehicle, such as ATV
- Used fire truck or other used motorized vehicles
- Skid or slide in units
- Conversion of Federal Excess Personal Property vehicles to water tenders and engines
- Implementation of Class A foam technology to improve the fire suppression effectiveness of water.

Special Consideration (not in priority order)
- For initial conversion of federal excess trucks into support or attack vehicle
- Fire agencies protecting groups with special legal considerations
- Improved fire protection to public lands and their facilities
- Improved fire protection wildland/urban interface areas
- Improved fire protection in the geographical areas of greatest need
- For agencies who have suffered a loss of over 50% of the asset value (not including real estate values) of their Fire agency's equipment which was not covered by insurance
- Purchase and installation of acceptable communications equipment
- Purchase and installation of dry hydrants
- Fire agencies with multiple mutual aid agreements.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 157455

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $10,000.

Term of Contract:

Up to 2 years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Fire Agencies defined as Fire Department, Fire District, or Fire Protection District.

A single fire department serving a rural area or a rural community with a population of 10,000 or less (latest Census).

Area fire departments (fire districts, townships, etc) may serve an aggregate population of greater than 10,000 as long as the service area of the fire department includes a rural area or a rural community having a population of 10,000 or less. The VFA funding must be used to benefit the rural population.

A single county or town with a population over 10,000 which is served by two or more fire districts operating entirely within the bounds of the county or town may qualify as long as the service area of a given fire department includes a rural area or a rural community or the population of the fire department’s jurisdiction is 10,000 or less. The VFA funding must be used for the rural area.

A single community with a population greater than 10,000 and having a single fire department with one or more fire stations may qualify. The fire department must have a service area that includes a rural area or community that does not exceed 10,000 in population. The VFA funding must be used only for the benefit of the rural population. Similarly, a single community with a population greater than 10,000 which also provides fire protection to an adjoining rural community of 10,000 or less population by contract may also be eligible provided the VFA funding is used entirely to support the rural community.

Pre-Application Information:

To apply, download the attached application form. Complete and return one copy of the application to Debbie Dix at the address below.

Fire Departments must have funds available for the entire project cost at the time of application and be able to expend the entire project cost initially and then submit invoices and payment documentation to IDNR for 50% reimbursement of the total costs.

Contact Information:

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

Tom Wilson, Forest Protection Program Manager
tom.wilson@illinois.gov
618-498-1627

Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant Program
Habitat Resources - Forestry
One Natural Resources Way
Springfield, Il 62702

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