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Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) Grant

Grants to New Mexico Municipalities, Counties, Tribes,
and Pueblos to Prevent Wildfires in Rural Areas

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New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) - Forestry Division

Deadline Date:

11/14/19 5:00 PM MST Receipt


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Grants of up to $20,000 and grants of up to $24,999 to New Mexico counties, municipalities, tribes, and pueblos representing rural communities to improve capacity to mitigate and respond to wildfires. Funding is intended to purchase equipment, and to support organizational and prevention projects.

Grant funding focuses primarily on wildland fire objectives including: 1) equipping rural fire departments with wildland fire equipment; 2) organizing rural fire departments for wildland fire response; and 3) wildland fire prevention.  Structural firefighting objectives are a lower priority, but EMNRD may consider them if benefit from these projects will carry over into wildland objectives.

EMNRD will place a strong emphasis on wildland personal protective equipment (PPE) and firefighting equipment (FFE). EMNRD will give higher priority to projects that enhance local governmental entities’ capabilities to safely respond to and manage wildland fires in medium/high risk areas (as identified in the New Mexico Forest Action Plan) through the response of their rural/volunteer fire departments, focusing on the wildland objectives described above. EMNRD may also give consideration to structural fire objectives showcasing a regional benefit, though this will be given a lower priority.

The primary focus of VFA funding is to strengthen a local government's ability to organize and respond to wildland fire. Examples include:

  • Projects that provide for the purchase of wildland fire equipment;
  • Funding fire prevention projects that reduce the number of human-caused fires and protect the public. Possible prevention projects include defensible space workshops, development of a debris burning permit system, or adoption of wildland urban-interface ordinances; or
  • Hiring of a wildland coordinator to work with departments to set up wildland fire training, track wildland fire qualifications, and develop interagency agreements, such as the New Mexico Resource Mobilization Plan.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176434

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant amount for equipment projects is $20,000 and the maximum grant amount for prevention and organizational projects is $24,999.

Term of Contract:

All projects must be completed by December 31, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants are municipalities, counties, and tribes and pueblos that service rural communities with less than 10,000 people and who can provide 10% cost-share match.

Items with an individual cost greater than $5,000 are considered capital outlay and are not eligible for funding.

All-Terrain Vehicles and Utility-Terrain Vehicles are NOT eligible for funding.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due no later than 5:00 PM MST, November 14, 2019. Applications sent by mail must be physically received by EMNRD on that date. EMNRD will not accept Applications sent by e-mail or fax.

Each VFA grant recipient must provide a cost-share of 10 percent. In-kind contributions are accepted at a general rate of $23.56 per hour.

Fire Departments must be registered with SAM (

Potential Applicants who need assistance with the application process or who have questions on grant criteria, may contact their local Forestry Division District Office.

Contact Information:

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

Submit applications to:
Eugene Pino
EMNRD - Forestry Division
1220 S. St. Francis Drive
Santa Fe, N.M. 87505
Telephone: (505) 476-3348.

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