VFDs to receive COVID recovery funding

Published 6:50 pm Tuesday, March 8, 2022

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An application process that opened Monday, may give volunteer fire departments across the state access to much-needed funding.
On Monday, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey awarded $10 million of the State Fiscal Recovery Fund from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to establish COVID recovery grants for volunteer fire departments.
This program is an initiative of Governor Ivey and the Alabama Legislature to provide support to Alabama’s volunteer fire departments impacted by the covid-19 pandemic.
“Alabama’s first responders, including our community’s volunteer fire departments, are vital in keeping our state safe,” Ivey said in a prepared statement. “While states across the country and the entire globe dealt with the curveballs the pandemic threw, our volunteer fire departments kept going. I am proud to have worked with the Alabama Legislature to direct these funds to good use as our local volunteer fire departments recover. I am pleased to support them and encourage them to take advantage of this grant program.”
The state of Alabama will offer grants in an amount up to $10,320 for providers that meet eligibility requirements. The application period for the Alabama Volunteer Fire Department COVID Recovery Grant program will be open from noon, March 7 through noon, March 25, 2022.
Alabama received $2.1 million in ARPA funds, and the Alabama Legislature appropriated $136,796,346 from Alabama’s State Fiscal Recovery Revenue Replacement Fund for this program.
The State of Alabama will offer grants in an amount up to $10,320 for Volunteer Fire Departments that meet eligibility requirements.
Total approved disbursements will be awarded to eligible applicants. The Alabama Volunteer Fire Department Grants are to support Volunteer Fire Departments that have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. T
he application process for this grant program is being administered by the Alabama Department of Finance.
To apply for funds from the source, officials with local volunteer fire departments may access the application at: https://frf.alabama.gov/. General details on requirements and exclusions may also be found at the website.