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Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) Program (Louisiana)

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    Funder Type

    State Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF)


    The purpose of the Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) Program, formerly known as the Rural Community Fire Protection (RCFP) Program, is to provide federal financial, technical, and other assistance to State Foresters to organize, train, 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 in population. This 10,000 population limit facilitates distribution of available VFA funds to the most needy fire departments. 

    Examples of equipment/apparatus which may be purchased with grant funds are as follows:
    • Nomex clothing,
    • Bunker gear,
    • Hoses and nozzles,
    • Hand tools, 
    • Radios,
    • Generators,
    • Foam application equipment,
    • Slip-on pumping units,
    • Materials and labor required to outfit and equip excess military vehicles.
    NOTE:  Funding is for programs, projects, or activities not currently being funded.  It is not intended to be a substitute for existing funding levels (supplanting).  The focus of this program is to support new initiatives that would not otherwise occur without grant funds.

    History of Funding

    None is available.

    Additional Information

    Ineligible expenses include: 
    • Repair or construction of buildings
    • Land acquisition
    • Water lines and hydrants
    • Any equipment not fire related
    • Routine operating expense (phone bills, utility bills, insurance, etc.)


    Bret Lane

    Bret Lane
    5825 Florida Blvd
    Baton Rouge, LA 70806
    (225) 925-4500

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are Louisiana fire departments with a service area of less than 10,000 population.

    Deadline Details

    Applications were to be submitted by March 1, 2018. A similar deadline is anticipated annually. 

    Award Details

    Individual award amounts vary.  Cost sharing/matching of 50% the total program cost is required.  Local matching funds must be available at the time the application is submitted.

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