Skip to content

Volunteer Fire Capacity (VFC)

The Volunteer Fire Capacity (VFC) program formerly known as the Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) provides funding assistance for training, supplies, equipment purchases, and prevention activities on a cost share basis. The program is available from the USDA Forest Service through the State of Alaska, Division of Forestry & Fire Protection and may be used for both wildland and structure protection needs. The assistance is provided to increase firefighter safety, improve the firefighting capabilities of rural volunteer fire departments, and enhance protection in the wildland urban interface. The amount available to apply for is capped at $7,000. The 2024 VFC application period will be open from November 1, 2023 – January 31, 2024.

  • Basic Volunteer Fire Capacity Criteria
  • Serve a population of 10,000 or less
  • Be registered with the Alaska Division of Fire & Life Safety
  • Be NIMS Compliant
  • Be in compliance with past VFC awards
  • Provide documentation of a minimum of 10% matching funds with application

VFC applications will only be accepted through the State of Alaska, Division of Forestry's Online Line Application System (OLAS)

If, as a fire department, you have already registered equipment in OLAS, use the same username and password to access the 2024 VFC Grant Application. If you are new to using OLAS, please register with your department's Fire Department Identification (FDID) number. Volunteer Fire Departments (VFDs) will need to know their State of Alaska (SOA) vendor number to apply and also be set up to receive funds electronically from the State of Alaska. Once you have registered in OLAS, log in, and go to the menu bar at the top of the page and click ‘Volunteer Fire Capacity Grant Program’, from there you will be able to apply, view and/or print and sign all relevant documents, and review the 2024 VFC Grant Manual. The 2024 VFC Grant Manual can be found online within VFC OLAS and on this web page:

If received, a Volunteer Fire Capacity grant is an award of Federal financial assistance (CFDA # 10.664) and is subject to the OMB guidance in subparts A through F of 2 CFR Part 200 as adopted and supplemented by USDA in 2 CFR Part 400. Adoption by USDA of the OMB guidance in 2 CFR 400 gives regulatory effect to the OMB guidance in 2 CFR 200 where full text may be found. Electronic copies of the CFRs can be obtained at the following internet site:

2024 Grant Information