National Junior Firefighter Program Grant Application Period Begins

The application period for the 2009 National Junior Firefighter Program grants, sponsored by the Dunkin' Brands Community Foundation, is now open. Ten $5,000 grants will be awarded to departments nationwide whose junior firefighter or Explorer Post programs demonstrate exceptional innovation, creativity, and community impact. The grant application and criteria are available on the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) web site at Applications must be received by 5pm EDT on August 15.

NVFC member departments who have had a junior firefighter program for at least three years are encouraged to apply for this competitive grant. If your department is not an NVFC member, join at Grants are to be used to help further develop or expand an existing junior firefighter or Explorer Post program. Recipients will be selected based on program innovation and impact and financial need. For full program criteria, visit

Thanks to the support of Baskin-Robbins and Dunkin' Donuts and the Dunkin' Brands Community Foundation, which is dedicated to serving those who serve others -- especially in times of crisis, the 2009 NVFC National Junior Firefighter Scholarship and Grant Program is offering a combined total of $100,000 in scholarships to outstanding junior firefighters and grants to departments to support their junior firefighter programs. Hundreds of junior firefighters and their departments applied for last year's scholarships and grants, and this year is expected to attract even more applicants.

New in 2009, the scholarships will be awarded separately from the department grants. Ten $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to junior firefighters nationwide who demonstrate commitment and dedication to their local junior firefighter program and the fire service. The application period for scholarships is currently open; access the full criteria and application at Scholarship applications are due by 5pm EDT on May 15.