Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant

Grants to Iowa Rural Fire Departments to
Purchase Equipment to Combat Wildfires

GrantWatch ID#: 159592
Agency Type:


Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Forestry Bureau


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Grants of up to $3,500 to Iowa fire departments serving rural communities to improve capacity to prevent and mitigate wildfires. Funding may be used to purchase communications equipment, water handling equipment, protective clothing, and hand and line tools.

Allocated funds may only be used for equipment identified below:

Wildfire Hand and Line Tools:
-5 gla. Backpack Bladder Bags
-Fire Rake/Collapsible Fire Rake
-Fire Swatter, Fire Broom
-Shovel, McLeod, Pulaski Tool
-Chain Saws/Leaf Blowers/Mist Blowers
-Fire Weather Kit/Kestrel Weather Meters
-Fuses/Drip Torch
-GPS Units

Wildland Fire Protective Clothing:
-Shirts/Pants/Coveralls/Brush Coats, Nomex
-Neck Shrouds, Nomex
-Goggles, fire safe
-Gloves, fire safe
-Hardhats, fire safe
-Fire Packs/Radio
-Harness/Web Gear
-Fire Shelters

Communications Equipment:
-Base Radios
-Handheld/Programmable Radios
-Mobile Radios

Wildland Water Handling Equipment:
-Slide-In Units
-Foam Units, Foam Mixers and/or Foam
-Portable Tanks
-Portable Pumps Hoses (3⁄4”, 1”, 1 1⁄2”)
-Nozzles and Fittings

Special requests can be made (buildings and vehicles are not eligible) but will require a more detailed description of the request and need.

Grants will not exceed a maximum of $3,500. No applications for less than $150 ($75 matching funds) will be approved.

Expenditures made between October 1, 2016, and June 30, 2018, will qualify. Projects must be completed by June 30, 2018.

The fire department must be registered with the State Fire Marshal's office and must file all incident reports in a timely manner.

Only communities under 10,000 population qualify.

Priority will be given to: (1) applicants who have submitted Iowa Wildland Fire Reports during 2016 & 2017, (2) acres of state land protected, (3) communities which have not received funds under this program in the previous funding period, (4) areas of greatest need, (5) departments who utilize Wildland PPE and who have participated in wildland fire training.

No individual item can be $5,000 or more.

Volunteer Fire Assistance Program will pay 50 percent of the cost, with the local agencies also paying 50 percent. Local fire department funds must be available when the application is made. Local match funds may not be from a federal funding source.

All applications must be signed by the Fire Chief and the head of the local government agency or the financial manager for the department (i.e., mayor, chairperson of the township trustees, chairperson of the benefited fire district or fire agency, or the financial officer).

The application deadline is October 15, 2017.

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

Gail Kantak, Iowa DNR Fire Supervisor
515-233-8067 ext. 1

IDNR Forestry Bureau
2404 South Duff Ave.
Ames, IA 50010

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