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Michigan Volunteer Fire Assistance

Program objective

To assist fire departments in acquiring fire fighting equipment for local communities.

Criteria

The number of fire departments involved; number of communities served; population of area served; number of formal, written, nonpay mutual aid agreements; annual budget; type of organization (paid or volunteer); current participation in FHA Community Facilities Loan; currently under a commercial loan; unusual fire hazards; type of water supply; and insurance classification.

Eligibility

Fire departments in rural communities with populations of 10,000 or less and that have publicly-owned forested land within protection area.

Application process

  1. Local fire department makes application to Division's Management Unit Office. Applications are mailed to fire departments during the application period.
  2. Management Unit prioritizes applications within unit and forwards to Division.
  3. Division office prioritizes applications Statewide and awards grants.
  4. Fire department purchases equipment and sends documentation to Division.
  5. Division pays 50 percent of the cost, up to allocation amount.

Deadline

Applications by June of each year; project completion by Aug. 1 of the following year.

Timeline

Grantees are notified of a grant award by Dec. 1.

Dollar amount available:

$4,999 per grantee maximum.

Source of funds

Department of Agriculture - Forest Service.

Authority

Cooperative Forest Assistance Act of 1978, P. L. 95-313.

Contact

Kelly Robbins, Forest Resources Division, at 517-930-4294 or RobbinsK@Michigan.gov.

Appropriation

Approximately $250,000 available each fiscal year.