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Volunteer Fire Department Grant Opportunities

The Cooperative Fire Protection Assistance Grant program administered through the NDFS provides grants to Volunteer Fire Departments across the state.  These reimbursable grants are based on a 50/50 cost share. 

 Department Eligibility Requirements:

  • Have a signed Cooperative Fire Agreement on file with the NDFS.
  • Have a Certificate of Existence from the State Fire Marshal’s Office.
  • Be National Incident Management System (NIMS) compliant. 
  • Report all wildfires to the NDFS utilizing the Emergency Reporting online fire reporting tool.
  • Serve a population of less than 10,000.

Possible grant awards:

  • Project (firefighting gear and other personal protective equipment (PPE), tools, communication equipment, etc.) Awards are up to $10,000 for a project. A department may spend more than $20,000 but the maximum award amount will not exceed $10,000. Single item total purchase price cannot exceed $4,999.
  • Vehicle - Award up to $20,000 for a vehicle. A department may spend more than $40,000 but the maximum amount awarded will not exceed $20,000.

Federal Excess Personal Property (FEPP) and/or Firefighter Property Program (FFP) renovation grants are also available to departments who meet the above criteria and are the recipient of a piece of excess equipment.  Renovation grants are available one time only when equipment is initially received.  Grant funds can be used to make the equipment fire service ready i.e. paint, lights, tanks, pumps, etc.

*Be sure to download the 2018 CFPA Grant before completing and submitting*

If you need assistance in filling out the grant application, click below for a tutorial. 

Fire Grant Application Tutorial

For more information contact:
Dora Meier - Fire Business Assistant
916 E. Interstate Ave #4 Bismarck, ND 58503
Tel: 701-934-5124

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