Applications Available for DCNR Fire Assistance Grants, Says Keller

HARRISBURG – Applications are now available for Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), Rep. Mark Keller (R-Perry/Franklin) said today. 

The grants are made available in coordination with the US Department of Agriculture and are designed to facilitate a partnership with state officials in an effort organize, train and equip local forces in preventing, controlling, and suppressing fires that have the potential to threaten human life, livestock, crops, pastures, woodlands, orchards, and farmsteads.  The grants are available to rural areas or communities with fewer than 10,000 residents. 

Grants can be used for the purchase of wildfire suppression equipment, wildfire or structural protective gear, wildfire prevention and mitigation, wildfire training and related necessary tools.  Funds may also be used for certain projects involving the conversion and maintenance of federal excess vehicles received from the Bureau of Forestry and used for fire suppression. 

Financial assistance on any project during any fiscal year cannot exceed 50 percent of the actual expenditures, including expenditures of local, public and private nonprofit organizations participating in the agreement. 

Because of high demand and limited funding, there is a 5-year waiting period between the years a fire company is eligible to receive grants. 

For complete grant guidelines or to apply, visit 

Representative Mark Keller
86th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact:  Andy Briggs
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