The Rural Fire Capacity (RFC) grant is a federal matching funds program with dollars provided through the USDA Forest Service. The program is administered by the Montana State Forester, Department of Natural Resources and Conservation – DNRC. The Secretary of Agriculture is authorized to provide funds to the Montana DNRC to organize, train and equip local fire organizations for preventing and suppressing wildfires.
This assistance is available only to communities under 10,000 in population, but groups of smaller communities may join together in a combined effort to serve more than 10,000 people.
Costs associated with the project prior to project approval and grant are not eligible for funding.
Project coverage might include such items as formation of rural and volunteer fire districts, fire training, fire equipment, and PPE. Construction or improvement of fire stations, normal operational expenses, and maintenance expenses cannot qualify for RFC funds.
Federal funds may not be used as a match to RFC funds.
County-wide applications will receive priority consideration. If the county has no fire council or fire association, applications may be submitted through the county fire warden.