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2019 Rural Fire Protection (RFP) Program

Grants to Vermont Rural Towns and Fire Departments for
Fire Suppression Amenities and Equipment

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Vermont Association of Conservation Districts (VACD) - Vermont Rural Fire Protection Task Force

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Grants of up to $5,000 to Vermont rural towns and fire departments to enhance fire suppression capabilities. The purpose of this program is to save lives by shortening response time and improving firefighter and public safety; and to enable firefighters to have an easier, safer, and quicker year-round drafting capability.

Additional goals are to reduce risks to property and natural resources, both public and private and lower insurance premiums, both public and private.

The installation of new dry hydrants and other types of rural water supplies is still the priority of the program, but eligible projects also include repair/upgrade, replacement, relocation of existing rural water supplies, and new in 2019 is “drafting site” development, whether previously grant funded or not.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180665

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant award is $5,000 per project/system.

Term of Contract:

All project work must be completed by November 1, 2019, unless an extension is authorized by Troy Dare, Rural Fire Protection Program Manager.

Extensions of one additional construction season are possible with proper justification. All 2019 grants with approved extensions that are not completed by June 30, 2020 will be terminated and no payment made.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Vermont Towns & Fire Departments are eligible for grant funding.

Priority will be given to towns that have not completed a VT State grant funded Rural Fire Protection System. These towns include: Alburg, Andover, Avery’s Gore, Barnard, Barnet, Barre (City), Brighton, Burlington, Buel’s Gore, Chester, Fairlee, Fair Haven, Ferdinand, Franklin, Glastenbury, Jamaica, Kirby, Langrove, Lewis, Lemmington, Ludlow, Panton, Peru, Pittsford, Proctor, Richmond, Ripton, Rutland (City), Searsburg, Somerset, South Burlington, St. Albans (City), Stannard, Vergennes, Warners Grant, Warren Gore, Weston, West Rutland, Winhall, and Winooski.

Pre-Application Information:

A 25% local match of total project cost is required. Match can be met through cash contributions, pre-owned material, and/or in-kind services such as volunteer time and equipment usage.

Application deadlines are February 1st, April 1st, June 1st, and August 1st, 2019.

All paperwork must be submitted by November 15, 2019 for payment of the grant.

Contact Information:

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

Troy Dare, Rural Fire Protection Program Manager
(802) 828-4582

Vermont Rural Fire Protection Task Force
C/O Vermont Association of Conservation Districts (VACD)
Rural Fire Protection Program
14 Crab Apple Ridge
Randolph, VT 05060

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Vermont