Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) Grant Program

Grants to Arizona Rural Fire Departments for
Training, Equipment, and Capacity Improvement

GrantWatch ID#: 176518
Agency Type:


Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management

11/18/16 Receipt

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Grants of up to $20,000 to Arizona rural fire departments to improve capacity to mitigate and suppress fires during the upcoming wildfire season. Qualifying departments serve communities with a population of no more than 10,000. Funding may be requested for firefighter training, supplies and non-capital equipment, fire awareness and prevention efforts, and fire district organization.


The maximum award from this program to any single firefighting organization is $10,000 per year. Awards for statewide or regional training programs are limited to $20,000.

Proposed projects should be ready for implementation upon award and should be substantially achievable by spring to summer of 2017. The maximum award period will be one year.

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.)

Departments must have a current Intergovernmental Agreement with the Department of Forestry and Fire Management before funds can be awarded.

The 2017 grant application period is now open. Applications are due by November 18, 2016. Applications must be received electronically via email.

The applicant must match at least 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 investment must be expended on the project (1:1). Matching expenditures may take a number of forms, which include:

-Actual funds expended: Funds from the fire department budget or donated by the community or other outside non-federal sources. (Funds originating from federal sources cannot be used as match)

-In-Kind expenses: Necessary costs incurred by another organization to support the VFA project.

-Contributed time for personnel and equipment: Donated labor and/or equipment necessary to complete the VFA project.

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

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

Questions about the application process or program may be directed to:

Grants Program Manager
Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management
1110 West Washington, Suite 100
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
(602) 771-1410


John Truett
State Fire Management Officer
Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management
1110 West Washington, Suite 100
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
(619) 204-6196

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