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Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) Program

Grants to Kansas Rural Fire Departments
for Firefighting Equipment and Training

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Kansas Forest Service (KFS) - Fire Management Program

Deadline Date:

04/15/21 Postmarked


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Grants to Kansas fire departments serving small and rural communities to enhance firefighting capacity. Funding is intended to purchase fire equipment or support training activities. Priority will be given to the purchase of equipment that can serve on both structure fires and wildfires.

The purpose of the Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) Program, is to provide Federal financial, technical, and other assistance to State Foresters and other appropriate officials to equip, train, and organize fire departments in rural areas and rural communities to prevent and suppress fires. A rural community is defined as having 10,000 or less population and may be incorporated, unincorporated, a township or some other identifiable descriptor.

Applications for a VFA grant may be placed for virtually any type of fire prevention, suppression or communication equipment. However, wildland PPE, communication equipment or purchases that will serve on both a wildfire and a structure fire are usually funded first. See the Grant Guidelines document in Supporting Documents below for details on funding restrictions.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180010

Estimated Size of Grant:

Currently, no single award will exceed $4,999.

Term of Contract:

Recipients usually have 5-6 months to make purchases.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Qualification Criteria:
- The protection area must be less than 10,000 in population or a larger community that has wildland fire suppression responsibilities to a rural population of less than 10,000.
- Sixty percent of the members that have been on the department 6 month must have completed IS-100 and IS-700 (Required by Kansas Executive Order 05-03, issued April, 2005).
- A minimum of 12 hours of training are required to receive full consideration for this grant.

Medical equipment or gear cannot be purchased with VFA funds.

VFA funding is not authorized for the purchase, construction, or renovation of capital improvements such as fire stations, communication towers, internet, or pressurized water systems.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be postmarked no later than April 15, 2021 to receive full consideration. Applications received after this date will get limited consideration.

Local funds must be available to pay at least 50% of the total project cost.

Since the program is a “reimbursement” program, the department must be able to fund the entire award prior to receiving the reimbursement.

Contact Information:

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

Mark Neely

Mail the application to:

Kansas Forest Service
Attn: Fire Management Officer
2610 Claflin Road
Manhattan, KS 66502-2798

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