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Forest Fire Protection (FFP) Grant Program

Forest Fire Protection (FFP) 50% cost-share grants are available to Wisconsin fire departments and county/area fire associations. Grant funding is intended to expand the use of local fire departments to augment and strengthen the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) overall initial-attack fire suppression capabilities on forest fires.

**There have been MANY changes to the eligibility list this year, make sure you take a look BEFORE filling out and submitting an application**

**Due to change in DNR radio repeater systems, a new priority category for radio reprograming for DNR digital communications and monitoring has been created for this years grant cycle**

Annual timeline

May 1 Application period begins
July 1 Applications due
Oct. 1 Awards announced and grant projects begin
Oct. 15 Signed grant agreements due
April 15 Grant projects end and reimbursement requests due

Who can apply

Eligible applicants

Wisconsin fire departments must have a signed and executed DNR Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Mutual Aid and Fire Suppression Services (Form 4300-061 R 12/11 or newer) [PDF]. Please reference the current MOU list [PDF].

NOTE: If a fire department does not have an MOU on file, it may still be eligible if an MOU is signed and executed on or before the application deadline date of July 1st.

County/area fire associations must have a majority of the fire department members serving organized forest fire control areas designated by the DNR.


Fire department grant limits

  • Minimum grant: $750 ($1,500 total project costs)
  • Maximum grant: $10,000 ($20,000 total project costs)

County/area fire association grant limits

  • Minimum grant: $5,000 ($10,000 total project costs)
  • Maximum grant: $25,000 ($50,000 total project costs)

Eligible expenses - *CHANGES*

Eligibility List [PDF] (This is not an all-inclusive list.)

Prioritized Funding Categories - *(Radio Reprogramming moved to Communication Equipment)*

  1. Personal Protective Equipment (must meet NFPA 1977 standards)
  2. Forest Fire Training
  3. Forest Fire Prevention and Wildland Urban Interface
  4. Forest Fire Suppression Tools, Equipment, Supplies and Materials (includes dry hydrant components and supplies for new installations only)
  5. Communication Equipment for Forest Fire Suppression
  6. Dry Hydrant Installation (costs such as excavation, site preparation, engine pad and signage)
  7. Mapping, GPS
  8. Off-road, all-wheel-drive vehicles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs, RTVs, UTVs) up to 5-ton capacity used primarily for forest fire suppression (vehicles limited to individual fire department applicants)


Application materials

If you are having problems opening forms, please visit our PDF Help page.
If you continue to have problems with forms, please contact the FFP grant manager.

Ordering From DNR's Forestry Equipment Research and Development Center Stockroom


Fire departments can purchase equipment from the DNR's Forestry Equipment Research and Development Center catalog. The catalog lists items available and prices (subject to change). DNR only sells equipment to Wisconsin government agencies and cooperating fire departments in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin fire departments that have signed suppression agreement with the DNR may order equipment and personal protective clothing through the center's stockroom in Tomahawk. A signed authorization from the DNR area forestry leader is necessary before a fire department may place an order directly with the Tomahawk stockroom.

The center will not do any special purchasing, but fire departments may order any items normally stocked by the center. These items can be picked up or shipped via UPS. However, UPS will not deliver to post office boxes and there will be an extra charge for shipping to residential addresses.

How to order FFP Grant Eligible Items:

Ordering by email is the preferred method. Complete the order form, save to your hard drive or print and scan. Send the completed saved order form by email to

To order by mail, print an order form and mail it to us. Our stockroom department will handle the rest.

Forestry Equipment R&D Center
Attn: Stockroom Order
518 West Somo Avenue
Tomahawk, WI 54487

You can also call our 24-hour fax line at 715-453-5998 and transmit your completed order form. Be sure to include your phone number, just in case we have any questions relating to your order.

If you are unable to email or fax in your order form, call us at 715-453-1257 (7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST).

Reference materials


Award materials

Reimbursement materials

If you are having problems opening forms, please visit our PDF Help page.
If you continue to have problems with forms, please contact the FFP grant manager.

  • Reimbursement Request (Form 4300-120) [PDF] - must be signed and submitted with proof of purchase (itemized invoices) by April 15
  • Electronic submittals (email and fax) must be received by midnight on April 15
    • Paper submittals (mail) must be postmarked by April 15
    • Trouble downloading forms? See: Troubleshooting tips

Program Grant Awards


Grant related statutes and administrative codes


Contact information
For additional information about the FFP Grant Program, contact:
Sandy Chancellor
Grant manager
Ron Schneider
Cooperative forest ranger