South Dakota Department of Agriculture, Wildland Fire Division - USDA Forest Service
Grants of up to $4,000 to South Dakota fire departments to enhance fire prevention and suppression capacity in rural areas. Funding may be used for training, equipment purchases, and organizational improvement. Funding is intended to help fire departments save lives, protect property, reduce loss of life, and enhance environmental quality 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:
-Organize, train and equip fire departments in unprotected rural areas and rural communities
-Assist qualifying fire departments in saving lives and protecting property in unprotected or inadequately protected rural areas
-Prevent or reduce loss of life, protect financial investments and enhance environmental quality to revitalize rural America
-Increase the opportunity for rural fire departments to acquire FEPP/ FFP, training and current information on techniques of fire prevention
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:
- VFA dollars may be used to fund multi-community / fire department projects such as a mutual-aid communications network. Projects to develop static water supplies such as dry hydrants and cisterns also provide great benefits and may enable some communities to lower their fire insurance rates.
- VFA funding may be used to convert FEPP vehicles to water tenders, engines, brush trucks and equipment trucks. Fire prevention activities should be conducted by fire departments to inform communities of ways to safeguard their properties and to prevent ignitions as reference in the CFFA.
- Each fire that is prevented eliminates risks to lives, property and natural resources and saves the cost and risks of a fire department response. Activities such as the above usually generate greater benefits to the community than funding nozzles; but in some cases a department may need to buy the nozzles.
-The VFA Program is monitored to assure that funding is legally spent in ways that improve the protection of rural communities.
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.
GrantWatch ID#: 171702
Maximum grant: $4,000
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Click Email Application on the form in Supporting Documents below to apply online.
Mail a signed copy of your application to:
VFA GRANT APPLICATION
SD Wildland Fire Division
3305 West South Street Rapid
City, SD 57702
Jim Burk, Assistant Chief of Operations
CFDA# 10.664 (in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service)
USA: South Dakota