VDOF provides assistance through the Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) grant program. The program provides a 50% cost reimbursement for the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE), tools, and equipment for rural volunteer fire departments. As a key cooperator in the suppression of nearly every Virginia wildfire, this program allows the agency to provide critically-needed federal funding to directly support fire departments in the Commonwealth.
These grants are 50-50 – to apply for a $500 grant, the volunteer fire department must be prepared to spend $1000 to receive a reimbursement of $500. Receipts marked paid will be required prior to reimbursement.
Applicant should submit Form 4.31 Volunteer Fire Assistance Program Equipment Application and supporting forms (Form AD-1048, Standard Form 424B, and Form W9) to the VDOF Fire and Emergency Response Branch.
March 31 each year
Complete all forms in full and submit to:
Virginia Department of Forestry
Fire and Emergency Response Branch – VFA Grants
900 Natural Resources Drive, Suite 800
Charlottesville, VA 22903
|Certification Regarding Debarment, Suspension, Ineligibility and Voluntary Exclusion – Lower Tier Covered Transactions||AD-1048||Form||View||finance financial-assistance|
|Forestry Grant Program Request for Reimbursement||42||Form||View||finance financial-assistance|
|Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification (Virginia Dept. of Accounts)||W-9||Form||View||finance financial-assistance-fire-and-emergency-response financial-assistance-forest-health financial-assistance-forest-management financial-assistance-urban-and-community-forestry financial-assistance-water-quality fire-and-emergency-response forest-health forest-management urban-and-community-forestry water-quality|
|SF-424B – Assurances for Non-Construction Programs||Federal-SF-424B||Form||View||finance financial-assistance|
|Volunteer Fire Assistance Program Equipment Application||4.31||Form||View||financial-assistance-fire-and-emergency-response fire-and-emergency-response|
A variety of financial assistance programs exist through VDOF and partner agencies for wildfire preparation and suppression, as well as forest management activities.