Grant Details

Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) Program (Missouri)

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    Funder Type

    State Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC)


    The Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant Program provides financial and technical assistance to Missouri fire departments in cities or communities with a population under 10,000. The primary objectives of the program are saving lives and protecting property in rural areas.
    Rural fire departments must use the grant money for fire protection and comply with existing state and county rural fire protection plans.  Examples of funded projects include:
    • Establishing a fire department or reorganizing an inactive fire department;
    • Converting federal excess property vehicles to fire control rigs;
    • Communications - warning systems (not sirens on buildings), pagers, radios (must be compatible with the counties' 911 system);
    • Personal safety equipment (structural and wildland);
    • Fire equipment (hose, nozzles, etc.); and
    • Rural water storage systems

    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. 


    Ben Webster

    Ben Webster
    3500 East Gans Road
    Columbia, MO 65201
    (573) 522-4115
    (573) 815-7902

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are Missouri 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 October 31, annually.

    Award Details

    Individual awards may be up to $3,000.  Cost sharing/matching of 50% the total project cost is required.

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