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

Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) Grant


Agency
State

GrantWatch ID#
159592

Funding Source
Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR)
Forestry Bureau
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Geographic Focus
USA: Iowa

Important Dates
Deadline: 10/16/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $4,500 to Iowa fire departments to help protect property and natural resources and save lives in rural areas of the state. Funding is intended to enable fire departments to improve their capacity to prevent and mitigate wildfires. Grant funds may be used for wildland fire-related equipment purchases, including communications and water handling equipment, protective clothing, and hand and line tools.

Priority will be given to: (1) applicants who have submitted Iowa Wildland Fire Reports during 2021 & 2022, (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 strong wildland fire suppression requests.



Recipient

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Iowa Fire Departments may apply. 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.

Pre-Application Information
Applications Deadline: October 16, 2023.

Volunteer Fire Assistance Program will pay 50 percent of the cost (not to exceed a maximum of $4500), 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.

Estimated Size of Grant
Volunteer Fire Assistance Program will pay 50 percent of the cost (not to exceed a maximum of $4,500), with the local agencies also paying 50 percent. No individual item can be $5,000 or more. No applications for less than $150 ($75 matching funds) will be approved.

Term of Contract
Expenditures made between October 1, 2022, and June 30, 2024, will qualify. Projects must be completed by June 30, 2024. All requests for reimbursement must be submitted and postmarked by July 31, 2024.

Contact Information
Send Completed Application Form and IRS W-9 Form to:
Gail Kantak, Fire Supervisor
DNR Forestry – Fire Program
2404 S Duff Ave
Ames IA 50010-8093

Phone: 515-689-0083
Gail.Kantak@dnr.iowa.gov

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