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Grants to South Carolina Rural Fire Departments for
Equipment and Training to Combat Wildfires

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

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South Carolina Forestry Commission (SCFC)

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Grants of up to $5,000 to South Carolina rural volunteer fire departments for equipment and training to combat wildfires. The purpose of funding is to help fire departments to improve their firefighting operations. Preference goes to new applicants and those procuring specialized equipment, including a skid (slip-in) unit for a brush truck, wildland PPE, VHF radios (no 800 or UHF), and installing and maintaining dry hydrants.

The intent of the VFA/NFP grant is to help rural volunteer fire departments meet the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) challenge in South Carolina. Through financial assistance in purchasing wildland firefighting equipment and making necessary training available, rural volunteer fire departments can more effectively and safely assist the SCFC in handling wildland fires that threaten the rural developments and communities they serve. 

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, 2021 through April 15, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The fire department must consist of at least 75% volunteer firefighters, to be eligible.

Fire departments must serve a rural community with a population of 10,000 or less. One must show how each station’s response/service area is broken down. The VFA Grant primarily focuses on volunteer departments that are rural. VFA is targeted toward small, rural volunteer departments that do not have a large budget. This grant enables small departments to purchase wildland firefighting equipment that they might not otherwise be able to afford.

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.

Departments not in compliance with the Federal Excess Property Program will not be considered for funding.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline: October 15, 2021

It is highly recommended that you mail your application using Certified Mail/Return Receipt.

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.

You will be notified by December 31, 2021 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.

Mail application to:

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

VFA Grant Coordinator - Mr. Leslie Woodham

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