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Department of Natural Resources Grant Opportunities

The purpose of fire district assistance programs is to provide local and rural fire districts in  Washington state opportunities to establish, develop, improve, and maintain their wildland firefighting capabilities. Improving the capabilities of local districts helps defend Washington against wildfire.
These programs can make several types of training, equipment, and other assistance more affordable to local fire districts.
NOTE: Programs use available funds and resources, which may vary from year-to-year.
There are two exciting grant opportunities now available for our fire service partners to review and apply for:
 
1168 Operations Grant
  • $100,000 grant request limit, with no match requirement from the applicant
  • Applications are to be received no later than March 31, 2022
  • Funding will be disbursed upon applicant's acceptance of the award and its terms and conditions
  • Eligible projects include:
    • Vehicles: purchase, refurbishment or conversion
    • Fire equipment: acquisition, replacement, upgrade
    • Communications
    • Station infrastructure/safety improvements
    • Training
    • Fire prevention, education and preparedness initiatives
    • Incident prepositioning
  • Eligible fire districts must either serve a rural area or community with 10,000 people or less, OR serve a community of more than 10,000 residents and a service area that includes a rural community of fewer than 10,000
 
1168 Personal Protective Equipment Grant:
  • $20,000 grant request limit, with no match requirement from the applicant
  • Applications are to be received no later than March 31, 2022
  • Funding will be disbursed upon applicant's acceptance of the award and its terms and conditions
  • Eligible projects include:
    • New PPE purchase due to applicant not meeting Phase 1 volunteer percentage eligibility criteria
    • New PPE purchase due to need exceeding Phase 1 grant limits
    • New PPE purchase to replace gear due to “age out” or safety recalls
  • Eligible fire districts must either serve a rural are or community with 10,000 people or less, OR serve a community of more than 10,000 residents and a service area that includes a rural community of fewer than 10,000
*This funding opportunity targets fire service partners in need of large PPE purchases due to certain circumstances as described in the scoring prioritization.  For PPE purchases valuing $6,000 or less, please consider the VFA Phase 1 purchase opportunity through DNR Fire Cache, opening March 1, 2022
 

For information about the 1168 Grant Program Guidelines and Requirements and for the applications, please visit Fire District Assistance Programs | WA - DNR

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