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Maine Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) Funds

Grant Details:
Application Due Date: November 2015 est.



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 for participation in the VFA program is meant to ensure that distribution of available VFA funding to fire departments most in need of financial assistance.


  1. A single fire department serving a rural area or a rural community with a population of 10,000 or less is eligible (latest Census).
  2. 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
  3. A single community fire department serving a population greater than 10,000 and not providing protection to a rural area or to a rural community is not eligible for VFA financial assistance.
  4. Fire Departments must be NIMS compliant.

Required match: 50%

Funding Eligibility:

  • 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
  • Hose used for wildland fire suppression
  • Nozzles used for wildland fire suppression
  • Other equipment used for wildland fire suppression

Application Deadline:
All applications must have been postmarked or received at the Forest Protection Division Office:

Forest Protection Division Office
22 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0022

Information and Instructions


Organization Information:
Organization: State of Maine Department of Conservation

Contact Information:
Contact Name: Alan Hammond
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: (207) 287-4993

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