Through the USDA Forest Service's VFA program, the Bureau is enabled to issue grants and materials to towns with less than 10,000 population. This program provides technical, financial and other assistance to fire departments for forest fire related purposes. Small towns have been the recipients of training, Class A foam, personal protective gear, forestry tools, and other fire suppression equipment.
This program can help eligible fire departments expand their expertise, purchase tools necessary to carry out vital public safety functions, and assist high risk communities in reducing problematic hazard mitigation concerns.
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Non-profit, rural call, or 80% volunteer fire departments in communities with populations less than 10,000.
Estimated Application Deadline: August
Average Grant Size: Up to $2,000
Average # of Grants: 45