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Rural Fire Capacity Program (RFC)

Grants to Montana Fire Departments in Small Communities
for Wildfire Suppression Equipment and Training

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The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) - Forestry Division

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Grants to Montana fire departments serving small communities with populations under 10,000 to enhance capacity to suppress and prevent wildfires. Funding and technical assistance is intended to train, organize, and equip local firefighters. Examples of allowable projects and purchases include the following:

Fire protection organization and planning:
-Formation of a rural or volunteer fire district
-Fire plans

Fire training
-Structural fire protection
-Wildland fire protection

Fire equipment
-Communications systems
-Conversion of excess military property
-New equipment purchases

Wildland personal protective equipment (PPE)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181083

Estimated Size of Grant:

There is no pre-set award amount.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Assistance is available to communities under 10,000 in population. Smaller communities may join together in a group and or county effort to submit an application, even if their combined population is over 10,000.

Costs incurred prior to project approval, are normally not eligible for funding.

Normal operational expenses, maintenance expenses and construction or improvements to fire stations for housing fire equipment are not eligible to receive RFC funds.

Pre-Application Information:

The application period closes May 17, 2019.

Financial assistance on any project, during any fiscal year, requires a non-federal match for project expenditures. This includes expenditures from local and private nonprofit organizations participating in the agreement.

Federal funds may not be used to match the RFC funds.

RFC funds for approved projects will normally be disbursed at the completion of the project.

Contact Information:

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

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Or mail one copy to:

Montana DNRC
Forestry Division / Fire Protection Bureau
Attn: RFC Grant Program Specialist
2705 Spurgin Road
Missoula, Montana 59804-3199

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Montana