DNRC's fundamental intent in areas of State/County Cooperative Fire Protection (County Coop) is to build and maintain the capacity of local governments so that local firefighters routinely succeed on the initial attack of wildland fires and avoid the need for large-scale involvement by the DNRC or our federal partners. The County Coop Fire Protection arrangement builds upon the fire suppression capacity of communities and local government and has been a highly effective fire protection model in Montana for the past 50+ years. This success can be attributed to the strong partnerships and cooperation that exist across the state.

Through this opportunity, DNRC seeks to fund and leverage staff capacity or projects in support of local fire response coordination needs while also supporting DNRC County Coop fire protection related functions.

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Montana counties with a current Cooperative Fire Protection Agreement with the State of Montana as outlined in MCA 7-33-2202 (4b) are eligible to apply.
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Grants awarded will typically range from $10,000 to a maximum of $30,000, per fiscal year (July 1-June 30). Award amounts may vary due to funding availability and the number and quality of applications received. Multi-year applications will be considered with a 2-year maximum
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Rhea Blankenship

VFC/VFA Program Manager



Dave Hamilton

County Co-op Program Manager