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Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) Program (Massachusetts)

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    Funder Type

    State Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)


    The purpose of the Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) program is to provide financial, technical and other assistance to state foresters and other appropriate officials to organize, train, and equip fire departments in rural Massachusetts areas and rural communities to prevent and suppress fires. A rural community is defined as having 10,000 or less population. 

    Qualifying projects must support (1) fire fighter safety, (2) technology transfer, or (3) rural fire defense. This includes, but is not limited to: 

    • Wildland Fire Management Training
    • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
    • Rural Forest Fire Defense
      • Equipment purchase or replacement
      • Dry hydrants & replacement parts
      • Forestry vehicle unit replacement parts/refurbishment
      • Federal Excess Personal Property vehicle conversion to a forestry unit, refurbishment, parts
      • Prevention materials & signage;
      • US Geological Survey topographical maps; your community only
    • Technology transfer - Computer software (wildfire) update or purchase
    • Firewise community work
    • Fire Evacuation Plan work

    On a sliding scale, priority will be given to Departments who have not received recent VFA funding.

    Priority will be given to projects where at least 25% of funding is used for training.


    History of Funding

    None is available.  

    Additional Information

    Grants will not be approved for medical, rescue, or HAZMAT equipment; capital construction projects; or vehicle purchases. 


    Alex Belote

    Alex Belote


  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are Massachusetts fire departments serving a rural area or a rural community with a population of 10,000 or less. 

    Deadline Details

    Applications are to be submitted by November 23, 2021. Similar deadlines are expected, annually.

    Award Details

    Awards will be up to $2,000.  Cost sharing/local match of 50% the total project cost is required.  For example: $2,000 request + $2,000 match = $4,000 total project.  Local contribution may exceed the match requirement.

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