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Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) Program

Learn about financial assistance available for volunteer fire departments.

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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Eligible Applicants

Non-profit, rural call, or 80% volunteer fire departments in communities with populations less than 10,000.

Program Details

Estimated Application Deadline: August

Average Grant Size: Up to $2,000

Average # of Grants: 45


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