News from Delaware Forest Service: Grants help volunteer companies fight wildfires

Posted on 05-28-2021

DOVER, Del. (May 2021) — The Delaware Forest Service’s 2021 VFA Grant program is open to all Delaware volunteer fire departments and can provide up to $4,500 in matching grants to acquire pumps, hoses, and equipment to respond to and suppress wildfires. More than $350,000 has been given to enhance wildfire response in the First State since the program began.
Applications must be received by the Delaware Forest Service office by regular mail no later than June 20, 2021. No email submissions will be accepted. Awards will be made within 7 business days so that awarded projects can begin. Applicants are asked to take note of the submission instructions at the bottom of the application.
Mailing Address:
Delaware Forest Service Wildland Fire Program
VFA Grant Application
2320 S. DuPont Hwy.
Dover, DE 19901
Last year, the Delaware Forest Service awarded almost $19,000 in VFA grants to six Delaware volunteer fire companies.
To review the grant application, please click here: 2021 VFA Grant Application (PDF).
Priority will be given to fire companies that:
•   Have not received DFS grant funding in the past three years,
•   Had members attend the 2020-2021 (S130/S190) wildland fire classes, and
•   Companies with members who participated in the Delaware Forest Service’s 2021 fire camp.
Questions about the application process or what can be purchased should be directed to: Kyle Hoyd at (302) 698-4548, or by email at
To learn more about the Delaware Wildfire Program, click here.