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FIREFIGHTERS ASSOCIATION

VCAF Facility Loans / Grants

The MSFA has placed a moratorium on general facility loan and grant applications. History shows that most facility projects require loans of $1MM plus; a cost that the VCAF cannot support and remain fiscally viability.

Loans

Should a company have a lower-cost facility project, a small addition, or renovation, the company’s president or corporate executive can contact the VCAF Committee chair to request approval to submit a facility project VCAF loan application. If a company is approved to apply, the VCAF Committee will prioritize facility loan applications. Companies with the greatest financial need will be allowed to receive VCAF loans totaling up to 75% of the total project cost (for projects under $1MM) Companies that have more stable finances will likely receive less than 75% and companies that have very stable finances and a raining day fund may have their VCAF loan application declined since they are reasonable candidates for commercial loans. As part of this new process, the VCAF Committee will negotiate loan amounts/percentages with company representatives at the VCAF meeting. Companies must predetermine their loan tolerance and authorize their representative(s) to negotiate on their behalf at the VCAF meeting.

Facility loans are available for purchasing, replacing, or improving facilities that are used to house firefighting equipment, ambulances, and rescue vehicles. Facility loan terms are as follows:

  • Loans are available for up to 75% of the project cost or a maximum loan of $2.5MM
  • Facility loan term: up to 30 years

Grants

The MSFA VCAF Committee is no longer accepting general facility grant applications. The Committee will only consider bona fide requirements that fully meet the following criteria established by Maryland Code, PUBLIC SAFETY, TITLE 8 – FIRE AND RESCUE FUNDS: Subtitle 2 – Volunteer Company Assistance Fund; § 8-203. Volunteer Company Assistance Fund – Purpose; grants:

  • an act of God or other unforeseen event substantially impairs the ability of the volunteer company to provide adequate and safe service; or
    • VCAF committee example: The company’s facility suffers fire damage that prohibits occupancy, is not or is partially insured, and is not receiving local government assistance.
  • the volunteer company is unable to maintain the minimum level of performance for adequate and safe service established by standards of the Association because of a demonstrated lack of financial resources
    • VCAF committee example: The company is financially broke. Has little to no money in the bank and substandard income sources.

If a company is presented with a bona fide emergency requiring a VCAF facility grant as defined by Maryland Code, the company’s president or corporate executive can contact the VCAF Committee chair to request approval to submit an emergency VCAF grant application. However, please understand that approval of a facility grant is extremely unlikely.

Should your Company qualify for a MSFA VCAF grant, facility grants shall not exceed 50% of the project’s total cost and shall be capped at a maximum award value of $500K.

VCAF Information

APPLICANT REQUIREMENT

All companies applying for a loan and/or grant must have a representative attend the MSFA VCAF Committee meeting and MSFA Executive Committee meeting. Companies that fail to attend either meeting will be disqualified and the company will have to reapply during the next open application period.