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2022 Volunteer Fire Assistance grant now available

March 2, 2022

The Volunteer Fire Assistance Program (VFA) is a 50-50% matching federally funded grant program designed to provide funds to qualifying fire departments to be used to organize, train, and equip the department for the “prevention and suppression of fires.” The VFA program was originally authorized in Title IV of Public Law 92-419, “The Rural Development Act of 1972.” The act has been amended; the VFA Program is now contained in Section 10(b)3 of the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act.

VFA funds are dispersed through the United States Forest Service to participating state agencies. The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, Office of Forestry, is responsible for the promotion, application review, and dispersal of VFA funding within the state. VFA funding must be matched on a 50-50 basis by non-federal dollars.

For more information and the application forms, visit Forestry Protection Programs.