Voluntary Fire Assistance (VFA)


- NOTE: Open March 16, 2020 to April 30, 2020
- Maximum grant $5,000
- The new application can be emailed through the link in the application but a signed hard copy must still be mailed.
- Applications must be postmarked by April 30, 2020
- Awards will be announced in May 2020
- Download Application

The purpose of the Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) Program, formerly known as the Rural Community Fire Protection (RCFP) Program, is to provide Federal financial, technical, and other assistance to State foresters and other appropriate officials to organize, train and equip fire departments in rural areas and rural communities to prevent and suppress fires.

A rural community is defined as having 10,000 or less population. This 10,000 population limit for participation in the VFA Program facilitates distribution of available VFA funding to the most needy fire departments.

The Forest Service and State foresters endeavor to:



Following are examples of eligibility requirements for use of VFA funding:


Administrative Considerations

Political structure influences how states administer the VFA Program. State subdivisions may include counties, parishes, cities, towns, townships, boroughs, villages, districts and other political subdivisions.


Uses of VFA Funding

States are encouraged to use their funding to assist those departments with the greatest need as well as to fund projects having the most benefits.




For more information, please contact:
Casey Glines
Assistant Fire Management Office




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