California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)
05/21/20 11:59 PM
Grants of up to $20,000 to California fire departments serving rural communities to improve firefighting and prevention capacity. Funding is intended to support the purchase of safety and communications equipment, as well as training programs and courses in structural fire and wildfire techniques.
The Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) Program is a Federally-funded grant program that allows California to provide local and rural fire departments with minor firefighting, training, communications and safety equipment for their volunteer firefighters.
The program provides funding to organize, train, and equip fire departments in rural areas and rural communities to prevent and suppress fires.
Training of local fire forces in both wildfire and structural fire techniques is a primary goal of this program. The program should include a basic training program of at least 40 hours. In addition, an advanced training course of at least 40 hours should be developed.
Communications, for alarm systems and dispatch capabilities, should be considered an integral part of the rural fire department. Funds are available for the development and purchase of radio equipment for dispatching centers, vehicles and alert monitors, and pagers.
GrantWatch ID#: 157339
Awards for departments are set at a minimum of $500 with a maximum of $20,000. Amounts may be adjusted based on the grant funding available.
June 30, 2021: Awarded applicants must have completed their approved project(s).
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Please email the two required submissions (one with signature and one without signature in original fillable format) to CALFIRE.GRANTS@FIRE.CA.GOV (In the subject line type “VFA Application” followed by the fire department’s
The Cooperator Program contact is available for questions concerning allowable purchases:
Doug Ferro, Deputy Chief
Phone: (916) 653-8362
FAX: (916) 653-9708
The Cooperator Administrative contact is available for questions concerning invoices, billings, payments, deadlines, application instructions, agreement instructions, and any other administrative issues:
Megan Esfandiary, Grant Analyst
Grants Management Unit
Attn: Megan Esfandiary
P.O. Box 944246
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