Fire Assistance Grant Program
The key objective of the Volunteer
Fire Assistance Grant program is saving lives and protecting property
from fires in unprotected or inadequately protected rural areas.
Fiscal Year the US Department of Agriculture Forest Service awards the
Illinois Department of Natural Resources federal funds for the Volunteer
Fire Assistance Grant Program. These funds will be distributed to fire
fighting agencies as a 50-50 reimbursement type grant with a maximum award
of $15,000 to a fire agency. This money is a part of a
national allotment for rural fire protection under the Cooperative Forestry
Assistance Act of 1978, as amended by the Forest Stewardship Act of 1990.
This program is in accordance with the National Fire Plan. Payments pursuant
to this grant are subject to the appropriation of adequate funds by the
United States Congress. VFA grants are competitive, so established scoring
guidelines will be utilized to evaluate all grant applications.
for the VFA Grant Program:
Fire Agencies defined as Fire Department, Fire District, or Fire Protection
- Total population of the community protected must be under 10,000 people.
have a current Memorandum of Understanding
funds must be available at the time of application.
details may be found in the current grant application packet.
eligible for the VFA Grant Program include:
breathing apparatus (SCBA)
and necessary equipment
of Dry Hydrants to improve water supplies for fire suppression
motorized vehicle, such as ATV
fire truck or other used motorized vehicles
or slide in units
of Federal Excess Personal Property vehicles to water tenders and engines
of Class A foam technology to improve the fire suppression effectiveness
NOT eligible for the VFA Grant Program include:
expenses for fire stations or training facilities
Consideration (not in priority order)
initial conversion of federal excess trucks into support or attack vehicle
agencies protecting groups with special legal considerations
fire protection to public lands and their facilities
fire protection wildland/urban interface areas
fire protection in the geographical areas of greatest need
agencies who have suffered a loss of over 50% of the asset value (not
including real estate values) of
their fire agency's equipment which was not covered by insurance
and installation of acceptable communications equipment
and installation of dry hydrants
agencies with multiple mutual aid agreements.
further information please contact:
Forest Protection Program Manager
Phone: 785-8772 to 618/444-0572
Department of Natural Resources
Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant Program
Habitat Resources - Forestry
One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702