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Application Deadline January 1, 2017
Notification Date If your proposal is accepted your department will be notified within one month of the receipt of your application and a grant agreement package will be provided to you for signatures. You will be required to return the completed grant package within 30 days.
Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants (VFA)

Purpose of Funding
To provide unprotected rural volunteer fire companies with cost-share funding opportunities to purchase firefighting equipment, supplies,  personal protective equipment and training in order to support wildland firefighting in their respective communities.

Source of Funding
USDA Forest Service- through the National Fire Plan.

Statutory Citation
N.J.S.A. 13:9 et seq.

Who is Eligible
A single fire department serving a rural area or a rural community with a population of 10,000 or less is eligible (using the latest Census data).   Area fire departments (fire districts, townships, etc.) may serve an aggregate population of greater than 10,000 as long as the service area of the fire department includes a rural area or a rural community having a population of 10,000 or less. The VFA funding must be used to benefit fire protection for the rural population. Preference will be given to communities that have adopted a Community Wildfire Protection Plan.

Qualifications Required for Consideration
There is no maximum amount an eligible fire department or community may request, however only a maximum of $10,000 can be granted depending on the number of requests  and the funding available. In no case, will the Forest Fire Service fund more than 50% of an accepted application.

Fire Departments may apply for funding of multiple projects or purchases.   The applicant’s matching contribution must be from sources other than federal grants.

Grant Limitations
VFA funding is not authorized for purchase, construction or renovation of capital improvements such as fire stations or pressurized water systems.

forestApplication Procedures
Prospective applicants must submit an Application titled “Volunteer Fire Assistance- Request for Reimbursement”, which can be obtained from their respective Forest Fire Service Division Office or at    A comprehensive description of the projects and/or equipment to be considered is required for ranking your application.

For More Information or to Request an Application, Please Contact
Steve Holmes, Assistant State Firewarden
NJ Department of Environmental Protection
Division of Parks and Forestry
Mail Code: 501-04
PO Box 420
Trenton, NJ 08625-0420

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