Is it feasable that FEMA and Rural Development grants could go together?
Here's our situation. We're a small volunteer department that runs less than 30 calls per year. We'd like to apply in 2004 for a new pumper. Our current pumper is a 1976. We also own a 1981 Quint, and a 1975 equipment van. We've also investigated the Rural Development grant/loan program. I'm looking for feedback on this possible combination of the grants. I'm using round numbers to keep this simple. Let's say we are looking for a $200K truck. If Rural Development gives us a grant for $50K, do you think FEMA would allow us to ask for 50% of the balance, or $75K as a FEMA grant, with our match being $7500? The FEMA Grant would then be used to pay down the loan portion. I have spoken to a Rural Development rep and he said that his agency sees no problem with it, but he wasn't sure if FEMA would consider it. What do you think?