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Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants Now Open
South Dakota Ag Connection - 03/25/2020

Grant applications for the Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) program will be accepted through April 30.

The VFA program allows the South Dakota Department of Agriculture's Wildland Fire Division (SDWF) to provide volunteer fire departments (VFDs) funding through the United States Forest Service. This funding is used to organize, train, and equip fire departments in rural areas to prevent and suppress fires.

Rural fire departments or organizations who buy fire suppression, education, and prevention equipment can be reimbursed for the cost through these grant funds.

Preference for funding will be placed this year on communication equipment to help facilitate the transition to P25 compliance which is the federally required radio hardware update.

The maximum grant this year is 50 percent of the project costs or $5,000, whichever is less. This grant can be used for either structural or wildland fire projects. Eligibility requirements, administrative considerations, parameters for uses of VFA funding and the application can be found here.

Once you open the form, download it to your computer. Go to the file and open it in Adobe Acrobat Reader to fill it out. All applications must be received by mail and postmarked no later than April 30, 2020. Grants will be awarded near the middle of May.

For more information contact Casey Glines at 605.393.8011.

South Dakota Wildland Fire can be found on Twitter @SDWildlandFire and on Facebook by searching SD Wildland Fire.

Agriculture is a major contributor to South Dakota's economy, generating $32.5 billion in annual economic activity and employing over 132,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture's mission is to promote, protect, and preserve South Dakota agriculture for today and tomorrow.

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