Kentucky Division of Forestry
Grant Funds Available for Volunteer Fire Departments

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, April 22, 2009  
Contact Information:  Lynn Brammer

Commonwealth of Kentucky
Energy and Environment Cabinet

Steven L. Beshear, Governor
Len Peters, Secretary


Lynn Brammer

Grant Funds Available for Volunteer Fire Departments
Applications to be submitted to Division of Forestry by June 17

 FRANKFORT, KY – (April 22, 2009) – The Kentucky Division of Forestry is currently accepting grant applications for the 2009 Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) Grant Program.  The objective of the program is to improve the capability and effectiveness of Kentucky’s rural volunteer fire departments to protect lives and property. This will be accomplished through organizing, training, and equipping local firefighters for fire protection in rural areas, including communities of 10,000 persons or less.   Funding for the grants range from $1,000 to $5,000 and will be awarded on a 50/50 matching basis.  The grantee must match the amount awarded by providing at least 50 percent of the total project cost through cash reimbursement or in-kind service.   
 Eligible items that can be purchased with grant funds include training materials, pumps, hoses, tanks, small fire suppression equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE) such as Nomex, fire shelters, gloves, lights, etc.    
 For more information about eligibility and program objectives, contact the division at 1-800-866-0555.  To obtain application forms and instructions, visit the Web site at
 Applications must be received in the Frankfort Office of the Kentucky Division of Forestry by 4:30 P.M. EDT on June 17, 2009.