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Forest Fire Protection (FFP) Grant Program

Forest Fire Protection (FFP) grants are available to Wisconsin fire departments and county/area fire associations. Grant funding is intended to expand the use of local fire departments to augment and strengthen the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) overall initial-attack fire suppression capabilities on forest fires. By May 1st each year, Wisconsin fire departments and county/area fire associations statewide are notified the FFP application cycle is open. The FFP program is a 50 percent cost-share reimbursement grant program.

Annual timeline

May 1st Application period begins
July 1st Applications due
October 1st Awards announced and grant projects begin
October 15th Signed grant agreements due
April 15th Grant projects end and reimbursement requests due

Who can apply

Eligible applicants


Wisconsin fire departments must have a signed and executed DNR Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Mutual Aid and Fire Suppression Services (Form 4300-061 R 12/11 or newer) [PDF]. Please reference the current MOU list [PDF].

NOTE: If a fire department does not have an MOU on file, it may still be eligible if an MOU is signed and executed on or before the application deadline date of July 1st.

County/area fire associations must have a majority of the fire department members serving organized forest fire control areas designated by the DNR.

Eligibility

Fire department grant limits

  • Minimum grant: $750 ($1,500 total project costs)
  • Maximum grant: $10,000 ($20,000 total project costs)

County/area fire association grant limits

  • Minimum grant: $5,000 ($10,000 total project costs)
  • Maximum grant: $25,000 ($50,000 total project costs)

Eligible expenses

Eligibility List [PDF] (This is not an all-inclusive list.)

Prioritized Funding Categories

  1. Personal Protective Equipment (must meet NFPA 1977 standards)
  2. Forest Fire Training
  3. Forest Fire Prevention and Wildland Urban Interface
  4. Forest Fire Suppression Tools, Equipment, Supplies and Materials (includes dry hydrant components & supplies for new installations only)
  5. Communication Equipment for Forest Fire Suppression
  6. Dry Hydrant Installation (costs such as excavation, site preparation, engine pad and signage)
  7. Mapping, GPS
  8. Off-road, all-wheel drive vehicles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs, RTVs, UTVs) up to 5 ton capacity used primarily for forest fire suppression (vehicles limited to individual fire department applicants)

How to apply

Application materials

If you are having problems opening forms, please visit our PDF Help page.
If you continue to have problems with forms, please contact the FFP Grant Manager.

Reference materials

Awards

Award materials

Reimbursement materials

If you are having problems opening forms, please visit our PDF Help page.
If you continue to have problems with forms, please contact the FFP Grant Manager.

Help

Contact information
For additional information about the FFP Grant Program, contact:
Jennifer Feyerherm
Interim FFP Grant Manager
608-266-1967
Christopher Klahn
Cooperative Forest Fire Specialist
608-297-2214
Last revised: Tuesday October 04 2016