Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants

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.

To Apply

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ACTION REQUIRED TO RECEIVE 2023 FEDERAL GRANT FUNDING FROM VDOF:

Previously, the federal government used the DUNS number to manage entities applying for grants. In April 2022, the federal government replaced DUNS with the Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number. Existing grant recipients and new applicants must obtain a UEI to apply for funding going forward.

To get your UEI, register with SAM.gov. If you are already registered, your UEI has been assigned. Follow this guide to find your UEI. Additional support can be found here.

Don’t wait for the grant cycle, get your UEI now.

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.

Application Deadline

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


Additional Resources

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Certification Regarding Debarment, Suspension, Ineligibility and Voluntary Exclusion - Lower Tier Covered Transactions
Certification Regarding Debarment, Suspension, Ineligibility and Voluntary Exclusion – Lower Tier Covered TransactionsAD-1048Viewfinance financial-assistanceform
Forestry Grant Program Request for Reimbursement
Forestry Grant Program Request for Reimbursement42Viewfinance financial-assistanceform
Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification (Virginia Dept. of Accounts)
Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification (Virginia Dept. of Accounts)W-9Viewfinance financial-assistance-forest-health financial-assistance-water-quality financial-assistance-fire-and-emergency-response financial-assistance-forest-management financial-assistance-urban-and-community-forestry fire-and-emergency-response forest-health forest-management urban-and-community-forestry water-qualityform
SF-424B - Assurances for Non-Construction Programs
SF-424B – Assurances for Non-Construction ProgramsFederal-SF-424B

This links to a federal form used for grants. Click View to download the form and then open the form manually in Acrobat Reader. The form has trouble opening directly in Chrome.

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Volunteer Fire Assistance Program Equipment Application
Volunteer Fire Assistance Program Equipment Application4.31Viewfinancial-assistance-fire-and-emergency-response fire-and-emergency-responseform

A variety of financial assistance programs exist through VDOF and partner agencies for wildfire preparation and suppression, as well as forest management activities.

Explore All Financial Assistance Programs


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