Governor Tom Wolf recently announced that the application period is open for the 2017 DCNR Grant program. The DCNR (Department of Conservation and Natural Resources) awards grants to Pa volunteer fire departments who serve a rural area, or community under 10,000 residents. The grant money can be used for training and/or equipment for fighting brush and forest fires.
In 2016, $571,202 was awarded to 142 volunteer fire companies.
Per Governor Wolf’s website:
“In reviewing applications, DCNR will place priority on those requests seeking funds for projects that include the purchase of wildfire suppression equipment and protective clothing and gear,” said DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn. “These are the items the smaller fire companies often need most.”
Grants also may be used for purchasing mobile or portable radios, installing dry hydrants, wildfire prevention and mitigation work and training wildfire fighters, or converting and maintaining federal excess vehicles. These vehicles are presented to the local departments exhibiting the greatest needs and those that commit to outfitting them for fire suppression.
Aid is granted on a cost-share basis. Grants for any project during a fiscal year cannot exceed 50 percent of the actual expenditures of local, public and private nonprofit organizations in the agreement. The maximum grant that will be considered from any fire company in 2017 is $7,500.
Grant applications must be electronically submitted through DCNR’s grant website by 4 p.m. Thursday, May 18. To expedite application and decision-making processes, DCNR is accepting only online applications. Applicants should visit www.dcnr.pa.gov and click on “Grants.”