Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forest Resources in cooperation with U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
04/30/21 4:00 PM Central Time
Grants of up to $10,000 to Illinois fire agencies to support and improve fire protection in small communities. Applicants must complete required registrations prior to submitting an application. Grant funds may be used for PPE, training, equipment, and materials. Eligible applicants are fire districts, fire protection districts, and fire departments in communities with a total population of under 10,000 people.
This program provides financial, technical and related assistance for organizing, training and equipping rural fire departments. Goals include preventing and suppressing rural fires and enhancing protection capabilities by assisting rural communities at risk in the wildland urban interface.
Items eligible for the VFA Grant Program include:
The types of projects that have been funded in previous grants include radios, hose, SCBA, turn out gear, wildland PPE, hand tools, chainsaws, backpack blowers, modifying federal excess vehicles and equipment and other equipment. For more examples of eligible projects and past funded projects, see https://www2.illinois.gov/dnr/conservation/Forestry/Documents/VFA_NOFOInformation.pdf#page=5.
Special Consideration (not in priority order)
GrantWatch ID#: 157455
The grant funds fire projects at 50% of the cost of a project up to $10,000 per department. Forestry’s portion is up to $10,000, the Department may spend as much as they need to complete the project. No one item can be $5,000 or more.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Grant applications for funding assistance under this program shall be submitted via email to Adrian.Walker2@illinois.gov.
If you have any questions or need assistance with a grant application, please email Adrian.Walker2@illinois.gov or call 217-524-9628.
To contact the IDNR with questions related to this grant, please use the following means:
By US Mail:
IL Dept. of Natural Resources (ATTN: Adrian Walker)
One Natural Resources Way
Springfield, IL 62702
CSFA Number: 422-20-0094
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