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Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) Grant

Grants to Louisiana Rural Fire Departments to
Purchase Equipment and Enhance Capacity

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Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) - Office of Forestry and U.S. Forest Service

Deadline Date:

07/01/20 4:30 PM Receipt


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Grants to Louisiana fire departments serving small and rural communities to enhance fire prevention and suppression capacity. Funding is intended to support equipment purchases and protective gear that include, but are not limited to, items such as nozzles, hoses, radios, pumping units, and Nomex clothing.

Examples of equipment/apparatus which may be purchased with grant funds are as follows: Nomex clothing, bunker gear, hoses, nozzles, hand tools, radios, generators, foam application equipment, slipon pumping units, materials and labor required to outfit and equip excess military vehicles. Only fire suppression equipment or Personal Protective Equipment (PPE’s) may be purchased. 

Training is considered a high priority item which should be regularly conducted by all departments; however V.F.A. funding for training will be limited to special needs and programs only, by prior approval of the V.F.A. Program Administrator of this agency.

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GrantWatch ID#: 181355

Estimated Size of Grant:

Any single item, with a total cost of $5,000 or more will not be approved for grant funding consideration.

Term of Contract:

Purchase(s) must be made during the 2020 calendar year for inclusion, following receipt of the award letter. Purchase(s) made prior to the date listed on the 2020 V.F.A. award letter will not be eligible for funding.

If funds are approved for your department, they must be spent by the Disbursement Report's Due Date. If cost-share assistance funds are not spent by that date, your department will lose that portion of the funds.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only departments serving communities with 10,000 or less population counts (current census) may be considered for funding. However, “multi-community” departments may be approved even though the 10,000 population limit is exceeded within the area served, provided no single community served exceed the 10,000 population count. A department or fire district is considered to be “multi-community” if within the official area served there exist two or more recognized communities, each of which must contribute financial support towards and combine resources for the operation of a single department serving all the communities involved.

Only departments officially recognized and authorized by Resolution or Ordinance of the legally constituted governing body of the area served will be considered for grant funding.

To qualify for grant funding consideration, a department must have a Fire Department Identification Number (FDID), registered through the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Applying departments must be enrolled in and reporting any structural and/or wildland fires through the Louisiana Fire Incident Reporting System (LFIRS) or the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) by 2021.

For new mandatory requirements for eligibility beginning in 2021, see

Communities/departments imposing strict boundary limits which exclude rural residences or use a subscription response system will not be considered for funding.

Request for funding will not be considered for the following:

A. Repair or construction of buildings
B. Land acquisition
C. Water lines and hydrants
D. Any equipment not fire related such as medical or extrication equipment.
E. Routine operating expense (phone bills, utility bills, insurance, etc.)

Funding will not be allowed for reoccurring annual expenses, i.e., permits, licenses, etc.

Pre-Application Information:

All applications must be received at the office by: 4:30 p.m., July 1, 2020. Any application received after this date will not be considered for funding; therefore, it is suggested that 5 - 7 weekdays be allowed for mailing.


- March 1, 2020: Applications available for download and submission
- July 1, 2020: Completed applications must arrive at the Office of Forestry, Baton Rouge Headquarters
- Sept. 1, 2020: Applicants are notified of their “Approval” or “Disapproval.”
- March 1, 2021: Deadline for completed Disbursement Reports, along with supporting documentation to arrive
at the Baton Rouge Headquarters.

Only the original application with an original signature will be accepted. Faxed or e-mail applications will not be accepted.

This is a 50% matching fund program. Federal funds will pay up to 50% of approved program expenditure costs with the local fire department paying at least 50% or more.

Local matching funds must be available at the time the application is submitted and these funds must match the federal funds dollar for dollar.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Mail the completed original application to:

LDAF - Forestry
Attention: 2020 V.F.A. Grant
5825 Florida Blvd., Suite 6000
Baton Rouge, LA. 70806

If additional information regarding the V.F.A. Program or the grant application is required, please contact:

Bret Lane
(225) 925-4500

Local: 225.922.1234
Toll free: 1.866.927.2476

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