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. The total amount of funding available for Volunteer Fire Assistance grants is $200,000.
N.J.S.A. 13:1D-9 (q), (r ) and N.J.S.A. 13:9 et seq.
Who is Eligible
Qualifications Required for Consideration
The minimum amount an eligible fire department or community may request is $5,000. A maximum of $10,000 may be requested. Funding depends on the number of requests and the funds available. If an application/proposal is accepted for a grant award, 50% of the total project amount will be reimbursed.
Fire Departments may apply for funding of multiple projects or purchases. The applicant’s matching contribution must be from sources other than federal grants.
Applicants must be registered on NJSTART with a Vendor ID Number and must have registered DUNS/EIN number.
For NJSTART Assistance, call (609)-341-3500
All purchases must be made within the specified time period to be eligible. No awards will be permitted for any single piece of equipment with a cost of $5,000 ormore. VFA funding is not authorized for purchase, construction or renovation of capital improvements such as fire stations or pressurized water systems.
Prospective applicants must submit a complete application through NJDEP SAGE.
For Information Regarding Applications
Amanda Falkenstein, Fiscal Analyst
NJ Department of Environmental Protection
New Jersey Forest Fire Service
Mail Code: 501-04
PO Box 420
Trenton, NJ 08625-0420