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Kansas Forest Service
2610 Claflin Road
Manhattan, KS 66502

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Financial Assistance

Volunteer Fire Assistance Cost Share Program

The Kansas Forest Service Fire Management Program administers the Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) cost share program. Grant funding is provided by the US Forest Service.

The funding is available to rural departments or city departments that provide fire protection to rural areas with populations of less than 10,000 people. Departments may purchase firefighting equipment on a matching funds basis. Grants are evaluated and distributed based on need. Priority funding is given to wildland fire equipment, safety items and communication needs. 

2024 Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant Applicant Guide

In order to apply for 2024 Volunteer Fire Assistance funds, you must first complete the Expenditure Card Form. You will receive the Volunteer Fire Assistance application link at the conclusion of that survey. 

Expenditure Card Form

The Expenditure Card Form must be submitted NO LATER THAN MIDNIGHT APRIL 15TH, 2024. Please complete the summary of your district expenditures from 10/01/2022 to 09/30/2023.