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Grants to Pennsylvania Fire
Departments for Training and Equipment

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Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR)

Deadline Date:

05/13/21 4:00 PM


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Pennsylvania fire departments for financial and technical support in eligible communities. Funding is intended to train, organize, and equip volunteer firefighters to enable them to better protect lives, wildlife, and property. Priority projects include the purchase of wildland fire suppression equipment and wildland fire protective gear. Funding is designated to assist unprotected or inadequately protected rural areas or communities with a population under 10,000.

The grant provides support to prevent, control, and suppress fires that threaten human life, livestock, wildlife, crops, pastures, orchards, woodlands, farmsteads, or other improvements in rural areas. 

Grants can be used for:

  • Purchase of wildfire suppression equipment
  • Wildfire protective gear
  • Mobile or portable radios
  • Installation of dry hydrants
  • Wildfire prevention and mitigation
  • Wildfire training
  • Certain projects involving the conversion and maintenance of federal excess vehicles received from the DCNR Bureau of Forestry and used for fire suppression

Federal regulations require that all single item purchases costing more than $5,000 be tracked; therefore, purchases of items costing this amount will be limited to new/used 4x4 vehicles, which will be utilized as a Type 5/6/7 Wildland Engine -- as defined by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group -- with a total cost of $40,000 or less, slip-on/skid units, pumps, and UTVs only.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181237

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum amount you can request for this grant is $10,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are made to fire departments in rural areas or communities under 10,000 in population.
Applicants must have an SAP Vendor Number.

Grants CANNOT be used for:
- Purchase of structural fire equipment or protective gear
- Supply hose larger than 2.5 inches in diameter
- Structures
- Routine maintenance of vehicles not received from the DCNR Bureau of Forestry
- Medical services
- Ambulance services
- Fire police equipment and gear
- Search and rescue equipment and gear
- Unmanned Aerial Systems

Pre-Application Information:

The next grant round starts on Monday, March 15, 2021 and ends on Thursday, May 13, 2021.

Grant amount requested cannot exceed 50% of the Total Project budget. The rest must be made up of matching funds. Match sources must be local funding such as Fire Company funds or Relief Association funds.

Due to high demand and limited funding there is a five-year waiting period between years a fire company is eligible to receive grants. However, fire companies receiving a $6,000 grant or less in the last five years are eligible for assistance one additional time as long as the two-year total does not exceed the maximum grant established for the program each year.

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

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Charles Choplick, Forest Program Manager

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USA: Pennsylvania

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