Application Due Date: TBA
The Volunteer Fire Assistance Program (VFA) is a federal matching funds program with dollars provided through the USDA Forest Service. The program is administered by the Montana State Forester (State Department of Natural Resources and Conservation - DNRC). The VFA provides funds and technical assistance to the Montana DNRC to organize, train and equip local forces for preventing and suppressing wildfires.
Project Focus Areas:
- Fire Protection Organization and Planning
- Formation of Rural and Volunteer Fire Districts
- Fire Plans
- Fire Training
- Structural fire protection
- Wildland fire protection
- Fire Equipment
- Communications systems
- Conversion of Excess Military Property
- New equipment purchases
- Fire Prevention
- Signs, posters, and educational materials
- Smoke detectors, tools, and equipment
- Prevention projects
- Wildland Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
**Construction or improvement of fire stations for housing fire equipment, normal operational expenses, and maintenance expenses cannot qualify for Volunteer Fire Assistance funds.
Eligibility: Only communities under 10,000 in population, but groups of smaller communities may join together in a combined effort to serve more than 10,000 people.
Good To Know:
- Financial assistance on any project cannot exceed 50 percent of the actual expenditures, including expenditures of local and private non-profit organizations participating in the agreement.
- Costs associated with the project prior to project approval are normally not eligible for funding.
- Application Form
Organization: Montana State Department of Natural Resources & Conservation
Contact Name: Doug Williams
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Phone: 406-622-5455