First Responder Grants, LLC

237 N. Brooks St.
Manning, SC 29102



Margaret Stark 


Sr. Certified Grant Consultant                                                                                      


17 + Years Grant Writing Experience


Margaret is the owner and manager of First Responder Grants, Inc.

Margaret Stark is a public safety grants consultant with particular specialization in law enforcement grants. With over 17 years experience in grant writing, Margaret has attained certification with the National Grant Writers Association to include: 

          Senior Certified Grants Specialist

          Certified Grants Administrator

          Certified Grants Specialist

          Certified Grants Reviewer

          Certified Grants Consultant


Over 10,500 Law Enforcement Agencies Assisted


During her career Margaret has assisted over 12,000 law enforcement and public safety agencies in obtaining grant-related information for applications and given assistance to agencies resulting in well over $500 million in funding.

Whether working via face-to-face meetings, telephone conversations, or email correspondence, Margaret helps law enforcement agencies identify available grant monies and then provides step-by-step direction as to how agencies may secure the needed funding as well as providing a final review of the application prior to submission.



Teaching & Training Across the U.S.

Margaret also teaches grant writing classes in academies, law enforcement facilities, and individual agencies across the U.S.  Margaret is a nationally recognized speaker /instructor having presented at professional conferences and seminars such as:


  • International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) annual conference
  • American Society for Law Enforcement Trainers (ASLET) annual conference
  • Virginia Chief's Association
  • The Performance Institute
  • Sigarm Academy
  • CHIEF Grants Regional Seminars
  • University of Virginia Command College
  • Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA)
  • Congressman Steven LaTourette Annual Conference
  • TREXPO East and West


Corporate and Practical Experience


Prior to her career as a professional grant consultant and instructor, Margaret served for four years as a grant writer for the Pulaski City Police Department in southwestern Virginia. She has an additional five years experience in writing grants and fund raising for non-profits as well.

During her professional career Margaret has been the grant consultant and grant training instructor for:


  • Patriot 3
  • L-3 EOS
  • StarChase
  • Vectronix
  • Homeland Defense Journal
  • Zistos
  • ITT Night Vision
  • CHIEF Grants
  • Xenonics


Also, an accomplished journalist, Margaret has written articles for,, Air Beat Magazine, Law and Order Magazine, Homeland Defense Journal, Law Enforcement Technology Magazine, and many more.


Contact Margaret

803-825-0087 O

540-230-8440 C






Kurt T. Bradley



Kurt is a nationally recognized public safety grants consultant and retired law enforcement officer and administrator.

He is currently the Sr. Consultant with First Responder Grants, Inc. specializing in the grant development and

grant training needs for Fire/Rescue/EMS and Emergency management agencies.




Kurt has attained certifications with the National Grant Writers Association as a:

       Certified Grants Consultant

       Certified Grants Reviewer

       Certified Grants Administrator

       Senior Certified Grants Specialist

       Certified Grants Specialist


30 Years Public Safety & Grants Experience

He began his career in the USAF serving during the Vietnam era. He served as an Airborne Early Warning and Control Systems flight crew member and also with the nuclear Intercontinental Ballistic Missile program as an Astro Surveyor. He was a key member in the development and testing of the Global Positioning Satellite System (GPS) program currently in use today.


After an honorable separation in 1976, he began his 25 year career in law enforcement, retiring in 2001, as a Lieutenant and Assistant Chief with a Police Department in Central Florida. During his law enforcement career he was the commander of the communications and criminal investigations divisions for his department. He was a certified law enforcement instructor with the State of Florida and, after the events of 9/11, served with the regional FBI anti-terrorism task force. Kurt was also the grant writer for his city.


Upon retiring from law enforcement, Kurt worked for the local housing authority, writing grants for that agency to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). He also wrote grants to corporate and private foundations for social service programs. He was involved in the administration of the $24.5 million HUD HOPE VI grant awarded to that agency and had responsibility for $3.2 million of social service programs. Kurt's work, while at this agency, resulted in several regional and national HUD “Best Practice” awards while he was employed there for programs that he developed.


From 2004-2009, Kurt was appointed to develop and direct CHIEF Grants ( a business unit of CHIEF Corp) and had responsibility for developing this new business unit providing grant writing training and grant development services to public safety agencies nationwide.


In 2009 Kurt was offered and accepted the position of VP of Homeland Defense Grants with responsibility for developing a full service grant consulting and training firm to assist public safety agencies across the US with a special interest in DHS funding streams. 


In Sept 2010 Kurt joined First Responder Grants, Inc. as a senior consultant joining forces with his longtime professional colleague and mentor, Margaret Stark to better serve the First Responder and Public Safety agencies of the US, and those companies serving them. Kurt is the Director and Sr. Consultant for all Fire/Rescue/EMS and Emergency Management consulting. Their current client base covers more than 9K public safety agenices acorss the US


.During his career, heand Margaret have assisted their clients and public safety agencies to win more than $1 billion dollars in grant awards from corporate/private foundations, local, state and federal grant programs.




Kurt is available to give presentations and lead discussions on grant issues at conferences, summits, seminars and workshops. He regularly appears for grant strategy and development presentations with a specialized emphasis on DHS and public safety grant seminars across the country. He is a dynamic speaker and presenter who engages his audience and is renowned for his “meat and potatoes” style and his ability to present his subject matter in a format that is easily understood and comprehended well by the public safety employee.


Kurt is a regularly published freelance magazine journalist and guest columnist to public safety industry and Homeland Security publications. He was a guest staff columnist to several local newspapers and wrote a weekly law enforcement column. Kurt was the editor of his agency's newsletter and won both the FAHRO and SERC-NAHRO "Best Newsletter" awards for a housing agency in 2003. Kurt has been a featured guest columnist for the Homeland Defense Journal, FireRescue1, Campus Safety Magazine, JEMS, Fleet Safety Magazine and other public safety industry publications. He also is a prolific blogger in the Federal Grants and Funding thread of forums.


He is co-author of the recently published reference work “Grant Writer’s Handbook for Successful Public Safety Grant Proposals” which is the first reference body of work specifically targeted and directed at the public safety sector in this field.


His broad range of experience in public safety, grant writing and journalism makes him uniquely qualified to handle the needs of public safety agencies and others, seeking grants to supplement their shrinking budgets.


As a grants consultant and retired public safety administrator, Kurt brings a unique perspective to this field both as a former agency “administrator-in-need”, and as a grant professional. His experience will serve your department well as you compete for the billions of dollars in grant monies that have been made available through the Department of Homeland Security and other public and private sources of grant funding.


Contact Kurt

863-551-9598 O

863-287-3958 C