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Cooperative Fire Protection Assistance (CFPA) Grant

Grants to North Dakota Rural Fire Departments
to Purchase Equipment and Vehicles

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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North Dakota Forest Service (NDFS)

Deadline Date:

11/15/19 - Emailed or Postmarked


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Grants of up to $10,000 and grants of up to $20,000 to North Dakota volunteer fire departments serving rural communities (defined as populations of 10,000 or less) to purchase gear, equipment, and vehicles. Grants are awarded based on a cost share. Equipment grants are eligible for up to $10,000 of funding and vehicle grants are eligible for up to $20,000.

Grant funds will be available for the purposes of enhancing fire protection and prevention capabilities of ND Fire Departments (FD). These funds may be used for vehicle purchases, equipment, personal protective equipment, firefighter training, fire awareness, and prevention efforts. 

The following Cooperative Fire Protection Assistance Grant Categories listed in order of priority will be eligible for the 2019

  1. Cooperative Fire Protection Assistance Grant 50% cost-share program:
  2. Vehicles - may include the purchase of brush trucks, pumpers, tenders, etc.
  3. Wildland PPE and Training
  4. Communications and Wildland Equipment
  5. Structural PPE
  6. Structural Firefighting Tools

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 171906

Estimated Size of Grant:

Possible grant awards:
- Project (firefighting gear and other personal protective equipment (PPE), tools, communication equipment, etc.) Awards are up to $10,000 for a project. A department may spend more than $20,000 but the maximum award amount will not exceed $10,000. Single item total purchase price cannot exceed $4,999.
- Vehicle - Award up to $20,000 for a vehicle. A department may spend more than $40,000 but the maximum amount awarded will not exceed $20,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Volunteer Fire Departments across the state may apply.

Department Eligibility Requirements:
- Have a signed Cooperative Fire Agreement on file with the NDFS.
- Have a Certificate of Existence from the State Fire Marshal’s Office.
- Be National Incident Management System (NIMS) compliant.
- Report all wildfires to the NDFS utilizing the Emergency Reporting online fire reporting tool.
- Serve a population of less than 10,000.
- Participants in the Fire Danger Sign Program must meet the Fire Danger Sign Program requirements.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be emailed or postmarked by 11/15/2019. Late applications will not be accepted.

These reimbursable grants are based on a 50/50 cost share. The applicant must match at least 50% of the total cost of the project from sources other than the federal government. This amount may be in the form of cash, services, or in-kind contributions.

FD's that have previously received a vehicle grant award through NDFS are not eligible for the 2019 vehicle grant award.

Contact Information:

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

Submit applications by email to Mary Fisk at or mail to:
North Dakota Forest Service
CFPA Grant Applications
916 E Interstate Ave Ste. 4
Bismarck, ND 58503

Mary Fisk - Office Manager
916 E. Interstate Ave #4 Bismarck, ND 58503
Tel: (701) 328-9944

Michael Odell - Cooperative Fire Protection Manager
916 E. Interstate Ave #4 Bismarck, ND 58503
Tel: (701) 328-9916

Aaron Bucholz
Cooperative Fire Protection Technician

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