2017 Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) Grant

Grants to Maine Rural Fire Departments for
Equipment Purchase and Capacity Building

GrantWatch ID#: 175863
Agency Type:


Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry - Maine Forest Service - Forest Protection

11/18/16 Postmarked or Received

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Grants of up to $5,000 to Maine fire departments serving rural communities for projects that will enhance the department’s capacity to prevent, contain, and suppress fires. Eligible communities have a population of up to 10,000. The following types of items and equipment are approved for funding:

-Wildland fire personal protective equipment
-Pumps and associated equipment used in wildland fire suppression
-Class A Foam
-Equipment for foam application
-Hand or power tools used in wildland fire suppression
-Portable radios and pagers
-Dry hydrants and cisterns (please note the match from this grant must be < $1,500 per hydrant for organized towns and

Up to $5,000

Projects must be completed by June 30, 2017.

Eligible Applicants:

1) A single fire department serving a rural area or a rural community with a population of 10,000 or less is eligible. View 2010 municipality population at:

2) A single community with a population greater than 10,000 and having a single fire department with one or more fire stations may qualify. The fire department must have a service area that exclusively serves a rural area or community that does not exceed 10,000 population. The VFA funding must be used only for the benefit of that rural population. Similarly a single community with a population greater than 10,000 which also provides fire protection to an adjoining rural community of 10,000 or less population by contract may also be eligible provided the VFA funding is used entirely to support the rural community.

3) A single community fire department serving a population greater than 10,000 and not providing protection to a rural area or to a rural community is not eligible for VFA financial assistance.

4) Fire Departments must be NIMS compliant. NIMS compliance information can be found at: or at

Not Funded:
-Any single item costing more than $4,999
-Repair or construction of buildings
-Land acquisition
-Waterlines and hydrants (expect for hydrants meeting eligible limitations)
-Rehabilitation of existing dry hydrants
-Hose over 2 1⁄2” (unless justified in the grant application narrative)
-PTO pumps
-Any equipment not related to wildland fire suppression or pre-suppression
-Toutine operating supplies or expenses
-Base station radios, repeaters, antennas, radio towers, etc.
-Any portable radio, or pager costing more than $500 per unit or any radio which is not narrowband compliant
-Chainsaws costing more than $500 per unit
-More than four portable radios and /or pagers per applicant
-Cellular phones
-Class A foam costing more than $90 for a five gallon pail

This is a 50/50 matching grant. The maximum amount of grant funds per applicant is $5,000. Local contribution may exceed the match requirement, (e.g. $5,000 grant funds + $7,000 local fund = $12,000 total project costs).

The VFA grant is administered as a reimbursement grant. Proper documentation to support a reimbursement request includes copies of invoices (quotes and/or statements are not acceptable) and town warrants and/or canceled checks as evidence that approved items have been purchased and paid for.

Applications must be postmarked or received by November 18, 2016

Final selections will be made by December 16, 2016.

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

Kent Nelson, Forest Ranger Specialist

Mail applications to:

Maine Forest Service
22 State House Station
18 Elkins Lane
Augusta, ME 04333-0022
ATTN: Kent Nelson, Forest Ranger Specialist

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