New York State Senator, Lea Webb has announced the launch of the Volunteer Fire Infrastructure (V-FIRE) Grant Program. The program will provide $25 million dollars in capital funding for volunteer fire departments across the state.
Money will go towards upgrades and improvements to fire stations, training facilities, and equipment supplies. The funding for the grant program was secured in the FY 2023-24 state budget, Webb’s office said in a release.
“In rural districts like mine, volunteer firefighters play a critical role in public health and safety. I am thrilled that we were able to support our local volunteer fire service by securing $25 million in the FY 23-24 state budget for much-needed upgrades to our fire stations and training facilities and the purchase of equipment and supplies to keep our public servants safe. This important infrastructure funding is in addition to the $10 million we secured in the budget for volunteer fire recruitment and retention efforts, funding which will strengthen our volunteer fire service here in the Southern Tier.” Senator Webb said in a release.
Applications are being accepted by the NYS Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) through April 30th, 2024 via the DHSES E-Grant system. Funding will then be awarded competitively to eligible applicants that are located within and serve the state.