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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 by equipping, training, and organizing fire services. Funding priority is given to communities demonstrating the highest need.

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.

The Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) program is authorized by the 1990 Farm Bill (PL 101-624) to provide financial, technical, and other assistance through Wyoming State Forestry Division (WSFD) to organize, equip, and train small, local fire departments in rural communities with populations under 10,000 to prevent and suppress rural fires. 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 (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; fire prevention activities).

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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164454

Estimated Size of Grant:

The total reimbursement may not exceed $20,000.

Term of Contract:

VFA grants are awarded for a period of one year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants serve rural areas and communities with a population of 10,000 or fewer inhabitants.

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

Pre-Application Information:

Application Due Date: December 13, 2019

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.

Cost Sharing and Budget: This is a reimbursement grant, and therefore, payment will be made upon receipt of required documentation of approved expenditures. This is a 50/50 reimbursement grant with the total reimbursement not to exceed $20,000.

Contact Information:

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

VFA Application Form:

Direct questions to:
Chris Fallbeck, Assistant Fire Management Officer

Wyoming State Forestry Division
5500 Bishop Boulevard
Cheyenne, WY 82002

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