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Forest Fire Protection (FFP) Grant Program

Grants to Wisconsin Fire Departments and Associations
to Enhance Forest Fire Suppression Capacity

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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Deadline Date:

07/02/18 - Postmarked; or Fax or Email Receipt by Midnight


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Grants to Wisconsin fire departments and county or area fire associations to enhance forest fire suppression capacity. The purpose of this program is to enable local fire departments to carry out strong initial-attack forest fire suppressions. Prioritized funding categories include the following components:

- Personal Protective Equipment (must meet NFPA 1977 standards)
- Radio Reprograming (for DNR digital communications and monitoring) Due to change in DNR radio repeater systems, a new priority category for radio reprograming for DNR digital communications and monitoring has been created for this years grant cycle.
- Forest Fire Training
- Forest Fire Prevention and Wildland Urban Interface
- Forest Fire Suppression Tools, Equipment, Supplies and Materials (includes dry hydrant components & supplies for new installations only)
- Communication Equipment for Forest Fire Suppression
- Dry Hydrant Installation (costs such as excavation, site preparation, engine pad and signage)
- Mapping, GPS
- Off-road, all-wheel drive vehicles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs, RTVs, UTVs) up to 5 ton capacity used primarily for forest fire suppression (vehicles limited to individual fire department applicants)

Please refer to the Eligibility List attached below for information on eligible expenses.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181013

Estimated Size of Grant:

Fire department grant limits:
-Minimum grant: $750 ($1,500 total project costs)
-Maximum grant: $10,000 ($20,000 total project costs)

County/area fire association grant limits:
-Minimum grant: $5,000 ($10,000 total project costs)
-Maximum grant: $25,000 ($50,000 total project costs)

Term of Contract:

The grant award period is from October 1st through April 15th.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are available to Wisconsin fire departments and county/area fire associations.

Wisconsin fire departments must have a signed and executed DNR Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Mutual Aid and Fire Suppression Services (Form 4300-061 R 12/11 or newer) [PDF]. Please reference the current MOU list [PDF].

Note: If a fire department does not have an MOU on file, it may still be eligible if an MOU is signed and executed on or before the application deadline date of July 1st.

County/area fire associations must have a majority of the fire department members serving organized forest fire control areas designated by the DNR.

Please refer to the Eligibility List attached below for information on ineligible expenses.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be signed and submitted by July 2nd. Electronic submittals (email and fax) must be received by midnight on July 2nd. Paper submittals (mail) must be postmarked by July 2nd.

E-mail submittal is highly encouraged and greatly appreciated.

Annual Timeline:
- May 1st: Application period begins
- July 1st: Applications due
- October 1st: Awards announced and grant projects begin
- October 15th: Signed grant agreements due
- April 15th: Grant projects end and reimbursement request due

Forest Fire Protection (FFP) is a 50 percent cost-share reimbursement grant program.

Although not mandated by law, it is strongly recommended that grant applicants perform the following procedures to ensure fiscal responsibility.
1. Obtain and document quotes from several sources (preferably three vendors) to obtain the best price.
a. Telephone vendors and ask them to submit a written estimate/quote for goods or services.
b. Maintain a file with the names of vendors contacted, the written quotes obtained, and a written explanation of the vendor selected (if not low bidder).
2. Purchases over $5,000 and less than $25,000 require the publication of a Class 1 notice. See the Procurement Guide attached below about publishing notices.

Fire Department Wildland Training for Cooperative Areas:

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Contact Information:

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

Applications may be submitted to:
- Email:
- Fax: (608) 267-0496
- Mail: WI Department of Natural Resources - CF/2; PO Box 7921; Madison, WI 53707-7921

Sara deBruijn, Interim Grant Manager

Ron Schneider, Cooperative Forest Ranger

Christopher Klahn, Cooperative Forest Fire Specialist

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Wisconsin