Available Grants

State Grants/Benefits

Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program - $17 Million/Year

  • Available to fire departments with 20 or fewer paid members
  • Provides grants for fire equipment, training, apparatus
  • Administered by Texas A&M Forest Service
  • Referred to as the HB2604 Program

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Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System (TIFMAS) Grant - $1 Million/Year

  • Available to fire departments with 21 or more paid members
  • Provides grants to fire departments for fire equipment, training and state-owned apparatus
  • Administered by Texas A&M Forest Service

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Equipment Grants (Administered by Texas A&M Forest Service)

  • Department of Defense Firefighter Property Program (excess federal military property)
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  • Helping Hands Program (donated, used equipment)
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Rural VFD Insurance Program

  • Provides financial assistance for FDs to get worker’s compensation or AD&D insurance
  • Administered by Texas A&M Forest Service
  • Referred to as the HB3667 Program

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Line-of-Duty Death Benefit - $500,000/Incident

  • Available to any firefighter’s family in the event of a line-of-duty death
  • Administered by Employee Retirement System of Texas
  • College tuition exemption available to children of fallen firefighters

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College Tuition Exemption

  • Volunteer and paid firefighters seeking a fire science degree are exempt from college tuition
    (excluding lab fees, etc.)
  • Administered by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

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VFIS/Texas Mutual Grant

2018 Emergency Responder Health & Wellness Grant
VFIS of Texas and Texas Mutual Insurance Company are pleased to sponsor a need-based health & wellness grant program for fire departments and non-profit EMS organizations in Texas. Grants up to $5,000 will be awarded based on financial need and are intended to encourage participation in a health & wellness programs to prevent emergency responder deaths and injuries. Departments will need to apply for the grant, expend the funds and then send in copies of receipts in order to receive the grant funds.

** Grant deadline is December 31, 2017 **