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Regional Fire Services Training Facilities Grant Program

Grants to Virginia Local Governments and Counties
to Enhance Fire Department Training Props and Facilities

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Virginia Department of Fire Programs (VDFP) - Virginia Fire Services Board (VFSB)

Deadline Date:

09/01/18 Postmarked


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Grants of up to $50,000 to Virginia cities, towns, and counties to provide and enhance firefighting training props and facilities. Funding is intended for the acquisition, repair, service, management, and renovation of equipment used in training. Precedence is given to requests that are an immediate need, do not have alternate funding sources, and are necessary for the safety of the local community.

The following list is not all inclusive but identifies examples of training props which support a locality’s specific training needs and supports NFPA compliant training programs:

Drafting Pit (excluding Dry Hydrants) designed to provide minimum training elements including:
- Water supply
- Hydrant operations
- Flow testing
- Basic pump operations

MayDay Training designed to provide minimum training elements including:
- Denver drill
- Columbus drill
- Ladder bail
- Wall breach
- Stair carry

LP Gas Simulator
- LP gas props
- Vehicle fire props

Flashover Simulator

Stationary Confined Space SCBA Maze Training Prop limited to training prop materials only (construction of a building to house the training prop is ineligible).

The Virginia Fire Service Board will consider applications requesting training props not listed in this policy.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178378

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum amount of any project award shall not exceed $50,000 per jurisdiction per year.

Term of Contract:

The grant term shall not exceed twelve (12) months from the date of award notification.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are made to jurisdictions (city, town, county) in Virginia.

Each grant application shall name the Lead Locality and identify the other localities (non-lead) in the region to be served by the grant. Each grant application shall have only one Lead Locality. A locality may participate, as Lead or non-lead locality, in only one Regional Fire Services Training grant application per locality per fiscal year.

Funding under this Grant Program and Policy is open to all jurisdictions, and is not restricted to jurisdictions that currently have existing burn buildings as defined in the Live Structure Grant Policy.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications for new project requests will be accepted between July 1 and September 1 each year. Completed applications must be postmarked by September 1.

A locality submitting a standard application is eligible to receive up to 50% of the proposed project. The locality is expected to contribute the remaining 50%. Funding may be considered using an 80/20 formula if a hardship can be shown and justification is included. A request for a 100% funding formula will be considered in an extreme hardship situation and must be adequately justified. Total funding will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.

Grant funding is distributed on a reimbursement basis.

Contact Information:

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

Theresa Hunter, Budget and Grants Manager
Tel: (804) 249-1958
Fax: (804) 371-3358

Grant applications should be sent directly to:

Budget and Grants Manager
Virginia Department of Fire Programs
Attn: Regional Fire Services Grant Administration
1005 Technology Park Drive
Glen Allen, VA 23059-4500

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Virginia