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Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) Grant

Grants to Wyoming Rural Fire Departments to
Improve Fire Suppression and Prevention Capacity

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Wyoming State Forestry Division (WSFD)

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Grants of up to $20,000 to Wyoming rural fire departments to improve fire suppression and prevention capacity. Funding is intended to enhance fire protection capabilities in rural communities with populations of less than 10,000 by equipping, training, and organizing firefighting services. Funding priority is given to communities demonstrating the highest need.

The purpose of the Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) program is to provide financial, technical and related assistance to State Foresters. Wyoming State Forestry passes this funding through to local rural fire departments and fire training academies.

Applications must meet criteria for the following categories:

  • Equipment: Defined as tangible nonexpendable property, including exempt property, charged directly to the award having a useful life of more than one year and an acquisition cost of $5,000 or more per unit including personal protective gear/apparatus.
  • Training: Any materials, services and travel costs associated with establishment and forwarding of firefighter training.
  • Organization: Establishment of new departments and seminars or meetings for rural fire departments.
  • Prevention: Any materials, services and travel costs associated with the education and forwarding of fire prevention.

Funding provided through VFA should be focused to address wildland urban interface issues and needs for communities at risk in the wildland urban interface. Issues and needs include firefighter safety and training, enhancing community water supply and delivery capabilities, communications, and equipping. Work contributes to healthy forests, forest stewardship, and sustainable economic development. VFA dollars may be used to fund multi-community/fire department projects such as mutual-aid communications networks.

Use(s) of funding include personal protective equipment; conversion of Federal Excess Personal Property to fire apparatus; improvement of radio communications capability; installation of dry fire hydrants, cisterns, and other measures to improve water supplies; purchase of water and foam delivery equipment such as portable pumps, hoses, foam proportioners, air compressors, foam concentrate, portable water tanks; training of rural firefighters; organizing new fire departments; and fire prevention activities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164454

Estimated Size of Grant:

The total reimbursement may not exceed $20,000.

Term of Contract:

VFA grant purchases are due by May 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

A single fire department serving a rural area or a rural community with a population of 10,000 or less is eligible (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.

For further details on eligibility, see pg. 6 of the Grant Guide found in Supporting Documents below (second document listed).

Funds are not authorized for purchase, construction, or renovation of capital improvements such as fire stations or pressurized water systems.

Pre-Application Information:

VFA applications are due by January 7, 2021.

VFA grant purchases are due by May 30, 2021.

WSFD notifies successful applicant of the amount of VFA funds awarded and approved items, within 30 days of application deadline.

Fire departments approved for funding must match at least 50 percent of the total project cost with local funding.

This is a 50/50 reimbursement grant.

Contact Information:

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

To apply online, complete the VFA Application Form:

Chris Fallbeck, Assistant Fire Management Officer

Wyoming State Forestry Division
5500 Bishop Boulevard
Cheyenne, WY 82002

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