The Vermont Rural Fire Protection Task Force is pleased to announce the 23rd year of funding for towns to improve fire suppression capabilities.  The goals of the program are to:    

· Save lives, by reducing response time and improving both public and firefighter safety.

· Enable fire fighters to have quicker, easier, and safer year-round drafting capability.

· Reduce risks to property and natural resources, both public and private.

· Lower insurance premiums, both public and private.



· The maximum grant award is $10,000 per project/system.  25% local match is required.

· The installation of new dry hydrants & other types of rural water supplies is still the priority of the program, but eligible projects also include repair/upgrade,      replacement, relocation of existing rural water supplies, and new in 2019 is “drafting site” development, whether previously grant funded or not. 

· We have application deadlines of, April 15th, June 15th, and August 15tht, 2021.  Please submit your application(s) by the appropriate deadline and it will be      processed in the order it was received.

· We no longer mail unsolicited application packets to Fire Departments and Towns.  Please visit and download the application packet or contact Troy Dare, Program Manager, at 802-828-4582 - [log in to unmask] to have an application packet mailed to you.


Vermont Towns & Fire Departments are eligible for grant funding.  If approved for funding, after sites have been assessed, designed, and estimated, two signed agreements will be required:

1. Landowner authorization if the project is to be constructed on privately-owned land.  Please see the example included in this packet.  An editable version is available online at

2. A grant agreement between the Town or FD and VACD that outlines the project implementation plan, final award amount, and approved budget.


Project completion will involve submitting:

·      Total project expense documentation including local match and copies of invoices & receipts.

·      Project photos before, during, and after completion. 

·      News article or another public announcement summarizing the project.

·      Final inspection that includes: a maintenance log started with results from the first back-flush and test of the system, proper guard posts, signage, painting of any                exposed PVC pipe, and any other site-specific requirements such as water source capacity and access.

Troy Dare
Manager & Engineering Technician
Rural Fire Protection Program
Vermont Rural Fire Protection Task Force
Vermont Association of Conservation Districts (VACD)
14 Crab Apple Ridge, Randolph, VT  05060
Cell: (802) 828-4582 - [log in to unmask]