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Cooperative Fire Protection Assistance (CFPA) Grant

North Dakota Forest Service (NDFS)

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #171906

Grant Description

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Grants to North Dakota volunteer first responders in rural communities for the acquisition of equipment. Eligible communities are those with populations of 10,000 or less. Funding may be used for the purchase of communications equipment, tools, gear, and vehicles to enhance fire protection and prevention capabilities.

The following Cooperative Fire Protection Assistance Grant Categories listed in order of priority will be eligible for the Cooperative Fire Protection Assistance Grant 50% cost-share program:

  1. Vehicles - may include the purchase of brush trucks, pumpers, tenders, etc.
  2. Wildland PPE, Tools and Training; Skid Unit
  3. Communications and Wildland Equipment
  4. Structural PPE and Structural Firefighting Tools

More about each category can be found at:

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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 Friday, November 18, 2022.

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.

Grants are paid on a reimbursement basis.

FDs that have previously received a vehicle grant award through NDFS are not eligible for the 2020 vehicle grant award.

Additional Funding Information:

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.

Contact Information:

Email applications, and direct questions to:
Mary Fisk - Office Manager
916 E. Interstate Ave #4 Bismarck, ND 58503
Tel: (701) 328-9944

You may also mail applications to:
CFPA Grant Applications
916 E Interstate Ave Ste. 4
Bismarck, ND 58503

To complete a Cooperative Fire Agreement with NDFS contact:
Aaron Bucholtz

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