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Maine Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) Program Funds

Grant Details:
Application Due Date: 11/20/2015



The purpose of the Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) 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.


Funding Areas:

For this grant the following items or functions will be eligible:

  • Wildland fire personal protective equipment
  • Pumps and associated equipment used in wildland fire suppression
  • Class A Foam used in wildland fire suppression
  • Equipment for foam application
  • Hand or power tools used in wildland fire suppression
  • Portable radios and pagers
  • Dry hydrants and cisterns
  • Hose used for wildland fire suppression
  • Nozzles used for wildland fire suppression
  • And other equipment used for wildland fire suppression or pre-suppression.

Priority will be given to wildland fire personal protective equipment, pumps, foam, wildland fire hose and hand tools.



  • A single fire department serving a rural area or a rural community with a population of 10,000 or less.
  • A single community with a population greater than 10,000 and having a single fire department with one or more fire stations may qualify.
  • The fire department must have a service area that exclusively serves a rural area or community that does not exceed 10,000 population.


Award Details:

 This is a 50/50 matching grant. The maximum amount of grant funds per applicant is $5,000.00. No single piece of equipment shall exceed $4,999.00 in cost.


Additional Details:

Fire Departments must be NIMS compliant. NIMS compliance information can be found at





Organization Information:
Organization: State of Maine Department of Conservation

Contact Information:
Contact Name: Maine Forest Service Office
Contact Phone: (207) 287-2791

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