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Grants to Idaho Rural Fire Departments for Equipment and Projects to Increase Response Capability

Rural Fire Capacity (RFC) Grant Program


Agency
State

GrantWatch ID#
181253

Funding Source
Idaho Department of Lands (IDL)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Idaho

Important Dates
Deadline: 06/01/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants to Idaho fire service organizations and rangeland fire protection associations for equipment purchases and projects that will increase response capability for fire departments in rural communities. Funding is intended to improve fire protection capacity in communities with populations of 10,000 or less.

Eligible Purchases

  • If an award is made for Personal Protective Equipment, IDL will reimburse actual costs up to $90 for each shirt and up to $110 per pair of pants. IDL will reimburse actual costs or up to $200 for each pair of coveralls. Wildland Fire Gear is the priority.
  • Fire Shelters – IDL will only consider shelters for the number of seats on wildland fire apparatus.
  • Communications Equipment – All radios purchased must be narrow band and specified as such on the vendor quote. Radios purchased must be compliant with the applicant county’s radio plan.
  • Training – There are several state agencies responsible for training of personnel. Applicant should pursue these avenues before applying for funding through this grant.
  • Project Request – Provide a detailed description of how this request will improve the response capability within the designated service area for which the applicant’s FSO/RFPA is first and foremost responsible.


Recipient

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligibility Requirements – If the application does not meet all criteria, it will not be considered for funding.

1. Each recipient of a federal grant is required to have an active Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number and maintain current registration in the Central Contractor Registry (CCR) accessible through the System for Award Management (SAM) portal https://www.sam.gov/SAM/. See the detailed explanation of requirements in Federal Requirements for RFC Grant Applicants/Recipients, in the Application Memo in Supporting Documents below. To be eligible for RFC funding, an FSO or RFPA applicant must participate in the County Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) process for their county. All requests for RFC assistance listed on the application should be identified in the applicant county’s CWPP or periodic update. Any new FSO or RFPA will have a maximum of five years from their inception to become a participant in the CWPP process for their county. For information on your county’s CWPP, contact the county Emergency Management Coordinator or Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC).
2. An FSO/RFPA serving a rural area or a rural community with a population of 10,000, or less, is eligible (latest Census). FSO/RFPAs serving a population of greater than 10,000, or a county or town over 10,000 served by two or more FSO/RFPAs, may qualify as long as the service area includes and benefits a rural area, or community, having a population of 10,000 or less. A single community with a population greater than 10,000 and having a single FSO/RFPA with one or more fire stations or provides fire protection to an adjoining rural community by contract may qualify. The FSO/ RFPA must have a service area that includes a rural area, or community, that does not exceed 10,000 in population. The RFC funding must be used entirely for the benefit of the rural population. A single community FSO/ RFPA serving a population greater than 10,000, and not providing protection to a rural area or to a rural community, is not eligible for RFC financial assistance.
3. RFC funding allocated to the State is based, in part, on the number of fires reported in the national database. Therefore, fire districts failing to report information to the database will not be considered for funding.
4. While paid FSO/RFPAs are not excluded from participation in the RFC program, in light of anticipated funding levels, it is not anticipated that FSO/RFPAs comprised of less than 80 percent volunteer rate will receive funding.

Ineligible
Wildland firefighting boots will not be funded.

Fire Shelters – These grant funds will not cover a personal shelter for every member of the applicant’s FSO/RFPA. IDL will only consider shelters for the number of seats on wildland fire apparatus.

Training – There are several state agencies responsible for training of personnel. Applicant should pursue these avenues before applying for funding through this grant by contacting the local Idaho Department of Lands, Timber Protective Association, Bureau of Land Management, or US Forest Service office.

Pre-Application Information
Applications must be submitted to your local IDL Forest Protective District/Area Office or Timber Protective Association no later than June 1, 2022.

The FSO/RFPA’s share (match) of the financial assistance must be available at the time of application. Match must be “hard” (cash) match per category; non-reimbursable out-of-pocket expenses where the subrecipient is responsible for payment. Applicants may not derive their share from other sources of federal government assistance. Note: FSO/RFPAs will not be reimbursed until all bills due IDL have been paid.

When completing the RFC Grant Application, contact the nearest IDL Forest Protective District Fire Warden or Timber Protective Association Fire Warden for assistance with obtaining pricing quotes for items available through the Coeur d’Alene Interagency Fire Cache from the DLA Wildland Fire Equipment Catalog. All orders are due to the Coeur d’Alene Interagency Fire Cache by December 15.

Estimated Size of Grant
Eligible Purchases: Equipment less than $5,000

If an award is made for Personal Protective Equipment, IDL will reimburse actual costs up to $90 for each shirt and up to $110 per pair of pants. IDL will reimburse actual costs or up to $200 for each pair of coveralls.

Term of Contract
Purchases must be made between the date of the award letter and the February 28 deadline.

Contact Information
Submit applications to your local IDL Forest Protective District/Area Office or Timber Protective Association. For a complete listing of these offices, visit https://www.idl.idaho.gov/about-us/supervisory-areas/.

Inquiries for available grant funding should be directed to the Supervisory Area Fire Warden. Office-specific contact information can be found on the IDL Supervisory Areas page at https://www.idl.idaho.gov/about-us/supervisory-areas/.

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