Rural or volunteer fire departments that serve communities with less than 10,000 people can apply for the Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant Program. The purpose of the grant is to prevent, control and suppress fires which threaten human life, livestock, wildlife, crops, pastures, orchards, woodlands, farmsteads, or other improvements in rural areas.
Grants can be used for the purchase of wildfire suppression equipment, wildfire protective gear, mobile or portable radios, installation of dry hydrants, wildfire prevention and mitigation, or wildfire training.
Funds may also be used for certain projects involving the conversion and maintenance of federal excess vehicles received from the Bureau of Forestry and used for fire suppression. A priority will be placed on projects that include the purchase of wildland fire suppression equipment and wildland fire protective gear.
Financial assistance on any project during any fiscal year cannot exceed 50 percent of the actual expenditures including expenditures of local, public, and private non-profit organizations participating in the agreement.
This is a cost-share program. The maximum grant is $7,500 ($15,000 total project) per fire company. Applications must be submitted online at www.dcnr.grants.pa.gov. Questions should be directed to 717-787-2925. The application deadline is May 19.