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Volunteer firefighting is a tough and dangerous job. We appreciate all of you for your commitment to keeping people safe. Now it’s our turn to try and help YOU. Check out this valuable information on the resources that are available to volunteer fire companies in our area.

Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants: 
The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants were created to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to help them increase or maintain the number of trained, “front line” firefighters available in their communities. SAFER aims to enhance the local fire departments’ abilities to comply with staffing, response, and operational standards established by the NFPA (NFPA 1710 and/or NFPA 1720). Review the National Fire Protection Association’s codes and standards HERE.

Fire Prevention & Safety Grants (FP&S)
The Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grants are part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) and support projects that enhance the safety of the public and firefighters from fire and related hazards. The primary goal is to reduce injury and prevent death among high-risk populations. In 2005, Congress reauthorized funding for FP&S and expanded the eligible uses of funds to include Firefighter Safety Research and Development. 
For more information about these grants or to apply click HERE.

Fire Company & Emergency Medical Service Grant Program
The Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program make an annual grant program available for volunteer and career fire companies, emergency medical services, and rescue squads. The program provides grant eligibility information and makes an online grant application available for all eligible applicants. Based on applicant and project criteria, the staff reviews and approves or disapproves all applications, processes signed grant agreements, and authorizes the dispersal of grant funds. Final grant reports are reviewed for compliance with project description and program guidelines.
Click HERE to apply.

Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) Grant Program
This grant provides financial and technical support to State Foresters in cooperative efforts to organize, train, and equip local forces in rural areas or communities under 10,000 in population to prevent, control, and suppress fires that threaten human life, livestock, wildlife, crops, pastures, orchards, woodlands, farmsteads, or other improvements in rural areas. The key objectives of this program are to save lives and protect property in unprotected or inadequately protected rural areas.  
Click HERE to apply.

CFA’s Nonprofit Resource Library provides free tools, training, literature, and access to more than 17 million grant opportunities through Candid’s Foundation Directory Online.

We also have trained staff available to guide nonprofits in their efforts to discover and apply for a broad spectrum of new funding opportunities. To book your visit, reach out to CFA Program Associate Emily Wood at or 814-208-8448.

For information about our library’s services, CLICK HERE.

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