Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants (VFA Grants)


- NOTE: Open March 15, 2021 to April 30, 2021
- Maximum grant $6,500
- Applications must be received by April 30, 2021, use the link below to complete the online application.
- Awards will be announced by June 1, 2021
- Application Link

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. The 10,000 person population limit ensures VFA funding assists the most needy fire departments.

The US Forest Service (USFS) and State foresters will:



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 Officer

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