The Arizona 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. A rural community is defined as having 10,000 or less population.
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. Awards for statewide or regional training programs are limited to $20,000.
The 2017 grant application period is now closed.
Applications for the next grant cycle will be available in the fall of 2018.
Note: All applications will now be online only. All submittals will be accepted through our grants application portal. All necessary documents related to the grants process and instructions can be found on the portal page.
Examples: 2016 VFA Request for Applications
The Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant Program is supported by USDA Forest Service funding.