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Grants to Arizona Rural Fire Departments, Agencies, and Nonprofits to Improve Firefighting Capacity


Geographic Focus

USA: Arizona

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Rural Fire Capacity Grant Program (RFC)

Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management (DFFM)

Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #176518

Grant Description

Grants of up to $10,000 to Arizona fire departments, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations serving eligible regions to enhance firefighting capacity. Funding is intended for training, equipment purchases, and organizational improvements. The goal of the program is to improve fire prevention and suppression. Eligible applicants include fire departments in rural areas and rural communities.

These funds may be used for supplies and non-capital equipment, firefighter training, fire awareness and prevention efforts, and fire district organization.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible organizations include Arizona fire departments that serve a rural area or rural community with a population of 10,000 or less (based on the most recent census) whose firefighting personnel is 80 percent or more volunteer. Departments must have a current Intergovernmental Agreement with Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management before funds can be awarded.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due no later than January 20, 2023.

Announcements are anticipated by February 2023.

The applicant must match a minimum of 50% of the total cost of the project from sources other than the federal government. For every dollar of grant funds provided, an additional dollar of non-federal contribution must be expended on the project (1:1).

Grant funds are provided on a reimbursement basis after expenses are incurred, paid, and documented by the applicant organization.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum award from this program to any single firefighting organization is $10,000 per year.

Term of Contract:

Proposed projects should be ready for implementation upon award and should be substantially achievable by spring to summer of 2023. The maximum award period will be one year.

Contact Information:

Apply online:

If the application cannot be submitted electronically, please contact the Grants Program Coordinator at (602) 761-0285 or by email at

If assistance is needed in obtaining the forms, please contact Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management at (602) 771-1400.

Questions about the application process or program may be directed to:
Josh Hudson
Grants Program Coordinator
Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management
1110 West Washington, Suite 500
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
(602) 761-0285

Aaron Casem
State Fire Prevention Officer
Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management
1110 West Washington, Suite 500
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
(602) 771-1403

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