South Dakota Department of Agriculture, Wildland Fire Division - USDA Forest Service
04/30/21 Received by date
Grants of up to $6,500 to South Dakota fire departments and academies, including tribal fire departments, to enhance firefighting capacity in rural communities. Funding is intended to support training, equipment purchases, and organizational improvement. Grants assist fire departments in protecting lives and property, and reduce loss of life in rural communities.
The purpose of the Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) Program, formerly known as the Rural Community Fire Protection (RCFP) Program, is to provide Federal financial, technical, and other assistance to State foresters and other appropriate officials to organize, train and equip fire departments in rural areas and rural communities to prevent and suppress fires.
The Forest Service and State foresters endeavor to:
VFA grants may be approved to fire training academies and rural fire departments, including those operated by federally recognized Indian tribes. Training recipients must come from fire departments that qualify for VFA funding. States may retain funding for program administration and to provide centralized purchasing, conversion, or rehabilitation of FEPP equipment, or training where the State Forester provides these services directly to RFD's.
States are encouraged to use their funding to assist those departments with the greatest need as well as to fund projects having the most benefits:
GrantWatch ID#: 171702
Maximum grant $6,500
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
For more information, please contact:
Assistant Fire Management Officer
SD Wildland Fire Division
3305 West South Street
Rapid City, SD 57702
USA: South Dakota
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