Thread: RFA/VFA Grants

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    Default RFA/VFA Grants

    Mixed news for small departments that have participated in the RFA/VFA Dept of the Interior & Dept of Agriculture grant programs in the past.
    The Dept of Interior is again not funding the Rural Fire Assistance, RFA, this year. Has to due with budgets and duplication of intent of other Federal Fire Grant programs, (AFG). The program is likely dead.
    The USFS Volunteer Fire Assistance, VFA, grant program has incurred a 22% reduction in funding, so less dollars to go around.
    The VFA grant is targeted for small departments with city populations that cannot exceed 10000. This grant also requires a 50% match. This grant is generally administered through your State Forestry program and open application periods vary.

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    Shoot. J, to you have a link to this info about the reductions?
    Looks like you could be ousted from funding this year based upon 22% reduction...
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    Default RFA / VFA Grant Available in New York State

    For those of you in New York State that haven't heard, applications for the Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant administered by NYSDEC are due by May 15, 2012. More information can be found at:
    http://www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/2364.html

    Fire departments will receive 50/50 matching funds, up to the amount of their $1,000 grant award, for the purchase of firefighting equipment. As an example, a fire department awarded a $1000 grant would need to expend $2000 on their project to receive the $1000 grant award. Fire departments must provide half the cost of the project being funded.

    Only expenses directly related to fire suppression are eligible for funding [purchasing portable pumps, portable backpack pumps, hand tools, hose, light-weight fireproof clothing (Nomex), hard hats, turnout gear, personal protective equipment, portable radios, generators and dry hydrants.]


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    Quote Originally Posted by Skojo View Post
    For those of you in New York State that haven't heard, applications for the Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant administered by NYSDEC are due by May 15, 2012. More information can be found at:
    http://www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/2364.html

    Fire departments will receive 50/50 matching funds, up to the amount of their $1,000 grant award, for the purchase of firefighting equipment. As an example, a fire department awarded a $1000 grant would need to expend $2000 on their project to receive the $1000 grant award. Fire departments must provide half the cost of the project being funded.

    Only expenses directly related to fire suppression are eligible for funding [purchasing portable pumps, portable backpack pumps, hand tools, hose, light-weight fireproof clothing (Nomex), hard hats, turnout gear, personal protective equipment, portable radios, generators and dry hydrants.]


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    Skojo thanks for the update.
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    Hey folks,

    Just wondering if an application would receive a lower priority if the proposed equipment to be acquired through this grant could be used for more than wildland application. For example, we're considering either wildland PPE or a portable generator with scene lights. We could justify either of these items but obviously the generator could be used at almost any incident whereas the PPE has limited applications. But is it a good idea to use this justification in our write-up, or would we get penalized for this?

    Looking for some guidance. Thanks!

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    Multi- purpose usage extends cost benefit so if always a good idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skojo View Post
    Hey folks,

    Just wondering if an application would receive a lower priority if the proposed equipment to be acquired through this grant could be used for more than wildland application. For example, we're considering either wildland PPE or a portable generator with scene lights. We could justify either of these items but obviously the generator could be used at almost any incident whereas the PPE has limited applications. But is it a good idea to use this justification in our write-up, or would we get penalized for this?

    Looking for some guidance. Thanks!

    ~Skojo
    We have been awarded several of these over the years and have used them towards the purchase generator lights, wild land tools, Pro Packs, and an insert for our Polaris Ranger. I know of departments that have applied and had funding awarded for portable radios and pagers.

    The NYS application is different from other grant applications in that the awards are based upon a scoring matrix and not a narrative. For example, the lower your population, the more points you get, if you have a native american community in your district, you additional points, if you applied last year and did not get awarded, you get more points, etc. That being said, it I was told that in the past few years, the total amount of money available exceeded the amount requested. Keep in mind that your department is only eligible if you serve a population less than 10,000.

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