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Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA)/National Fire Plan (NFP) Grant

Grants to South Carolina Fire Departments
for Equipment and Training to Combat Wildland Fires

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South Carolina Forestry Commission (SCFC)

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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to South Carolina fire departments in communities of 10,000 or fewer for equipment and training to combat rural wildland fires. Priority will be given to first time applicants and those purchasing a skid (slip-in) unit for a brush truck, wildland PPE, VHF radios (no 800 or UHF), and installing dry hydrants.

Funding is intended to help rural volunteer fire departments meet the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) challenge in South Carolina. With financial assistance, rural volunteer fire departments can more effectively and safely assist the SCFC in dealing with wildland fires that threaten the rural developments and communities they serve.

Previously, VFA grants allowed fire departments to apply for both structural and wildland firefighting items. However, the present focus is on wildland firefighting. Requests for structural firefighting items will not be accepted.

Only items from the attached “Eligible Items for VFA Grant” sheet, or Brush Truck Specs, may be purchased. Any other items will have to be pre-approved to be considered eligible. This will be very limited, and approved on a case by case basis.

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GrantWatch ID#: 175484

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants will be awarded for a minimum of $1,000 and up to $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Purchases will be allowed from April 1, 2017 through April 15, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Fire departments must serve a rural community with a population of 10,000 or less. However, those serving a population greater than 10,000 may qualify if service area includes additional stations responsible for wildland fires in the more rural area of service. Such fires must be documented as requested on the application. One must show how each station’s response/service area is broken down.

Fire department staffing levels must consist of at least 75% volunteers, in order to be eligible for funding.

Fire departments participating in the Federal Excess Property Program (FEPP) are required to be in compliance with FEPP requirements by having all federal excess equipment maintained and in use. In addition to the required MOU, the SCFC may also request completion of additional forms (Equipment Loan and Certificate of Liability Insurance) prior to awarding a grant.

Pre-Application Information:

This grant is a 50/50 reimbursable matching program. For example, if a fire department receives a $3,400 grant, they must have receipts totaling $6,800. No single item can be more than $10,000.

The application deadline is October 6, 2017. You will be notified by December 31, 2017 if your application is funded.

Contact Information:

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

Brad Bramlett, VFA Grant Coordinator

South Carolina Forestry Commission
VFA Grant Coordinator- Brad Bramlett
P.O. Box 21707
Columbia, SC 29221-1707

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USA: South Carolina