Rural Fire Capacity Grant Program
Arizona's Rural Fire Capacity Grant Program (RFC) formally known as the Volunteer Fire Assistance or VFA Grant Program is authorized by the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act of 1990. It provides financial assistance to train, organize, and equip fire departments in rural areas and rural communities to prevent and suppress fires.
- Under the RFC program, a fire department or district must serve a community of 10,000 population or less and at least 80% of department firefighting personnel must be of volunteer status.
Funds originate from the USDA Forest Service and are awarded and administered as sub-grants from The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management. The maximum award from this program to any single firefighting organization is $10,000 per year.
The 2022 Rural Fire Capacity Grant Program is Open!
How to Apply
Please review all documentation before beginning the application process. All necessary documents related to the Rural Fire Capacity Grant process can be found on the portal page. Before applying, please review the RFC Application Submissions Guide. The guide will help walk you through the application process. All applications will only be accepted through our online portal. Click here to apply. Applications will be accepted until January, 20, 2023 at COB.
If you have further questions, please contact the Fire Prevention Department: 602-771-1400.
The Rural Fire Capacity Grant Program (RFC) is supported by USDA Forest Service funding.
The Department of Forestry and Fire Management complies with USDA Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination requirements.