The ultimate resource for finding public safety grants

Budget cuts. Shrinking tax bases. A public—and sometimes, government officials—who don’t understand why your agency needs the funding it needs. Whether Fire, EMS, Law Enforcement, or Emergency Management, public safety agencies have it harder than ever. Threats to the public loom every day, yet your department lacks resources for equipment, personnel, and training.

What if you could do something about it?

Find grants fast

Here’s the thing: every year, billions of dollars are available from public, private, and non-profit sources. That doesn’t mean there’s a big pot of gold waiting around the corner for you (though we’ll wait if you want to check real quick). But it does mean that, with a little work, your department can find other ways to procure the funding you need.

The hard part, of course, is finding those funding sources. That’s why, a while back, we at First Responder Grants partnered with GrantFinder, a real-time, online, searchable database of every federal, state, foundation and corporate grant available to your community.

“In our short term of using GrantFinder, we have been able to find and apply for over 20 grants,” says Sandra Newland, Grants Manager with Laramie County, Wyoming. “These grants range in scope from law enforcement, fire, library and numerous non-profit agencies in our community.”

Through its extensive database, GrantFinder gives you the tools you need to find and track funding sources that can help your public safety agency. Instead of having to comb through the entire Internet or spend hours googling, you can leverage GrantFinder’s powerful tools to help you find grants fast.

GrantFinder can transform the way you search for grants. Even though it’s so powerful, it’s also simple to use:

  • Simple user management. One person can oversee all users and permissions directly from the application.
  • Simple setup. Simple to use. Instantly start searching for grants right out of the box. No onboarding needed. No need to upgrade plugins. Nothing to worry about.
  • The most cost-effective grant search tool on the market. No hidden costs. No setup fees.

Over 500 cities, towns, counties, regional planning organizations, and Councils of Government (COGs) have subscribed. The result? They are finding more funding sources than ever.

“GrantFinder has been very helpful in finding grants as well as finding information,” Matthew Lane, Administrative Budget Analyst with the City of Saginaw in Michigan. “It’s a great tool!”

Powerful search

Last time we checked, GrantFinder listed 7,862 grants. Luckily, you don’t have to wade through those one by one to find what’s relevant to your department.

Before you put on another pot of coffee and start burning some midnight oil, you can instead search those grants with these powerful filters:

  • Keyword
  • Grant Category
  • Funder Type
  • Funder Name
  • Application Deadline
  • Rolling Deadline
  • Matching Requirement?
  • Administering State
  • Geographic Coverage
  • Who Can Apply?

Save and share

Once you’ve found a grant that you’re interested in, you can save that to “My Grants,” a part of your GrantFinder account that gives you at-a-glance access to the grants you are researching, applying for, or following for its next application period.

Want to share that grant with your colleagues? GrantFinder will create a PDF of the grant listing that you can share with your chief, municipal officials, or other personnel.

Find specific grant sources & funding organizations too

At last check, GrantFinder listed grants and other programs from 2,619 funding sources throughout the US. That’s an average of 52 funding sources for every state in the country—and many funding sources offer multiple grants.

With those kind of numbers, odds are you’re going to find a funding source and a grant that your agency can use. And GrantFinder makes it easy: you can search funding sources by name, funder type, and funder state.

Help is a click away

Even though GrantFinder has been setup to be intuitive and easy to use, sometimes we all need a hand figuring powerful tech tools like this. A robust help section walks you through:

  • Common questions
  • Technical difficulties
  • Video tutorials of GrantFinder’s tools

And if you need help beyond that? Additional support is only an email away.

Have those grants come to you

Sure, you can hunt for grants, but wouldn’t it be nice if the grants could come to you?

With GrantFinder’s Grant Alerts, you can set up email notifications based on your needs and preferences. Once setup, Grant Alerts will monitor GrantFinder’s system and email you the latest news about programs relevant to your needs.

You can customize your email alerts by:

  • Grant Categories
  • Matching Requirement
  • Funder Type
  • Who Can Apply?
  • Geographic Coverage

From there, you can even tell GrantFinder what day or days of the week you’d like to receive your emails.

Grant Alerts turn GrantFinder into your own grant search engine, but it does the work for you—and lets you know when it’s time to go into application mode.

Don’t miss that grand deadline!

Of course, all this work means nothing if you miss the grant deadline. You know how it is: deadlines can sneak up on you… and then fly by.

To make sure you are not missing any important application deadlines, GrantFinder’s deadline calendar shows you a list of the next month’s grants, complete with their associated deadlines.

Find the grants you need to get the funding you need

Finding funding is harder than ever nowadays… but you can do something about it. You can find grants that help your agency get the equipment, personnel, and training you need.

“GrantFinder gives all of our member communities real-time access to thousands of grants,” says Greg Chew, Senior Planner with the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG). “It was an easy decision for our member jurisdictions to request that SACOG subscribe to the service.”

6-month unlimited access to grants for your state

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Round 15 FY16 AFG Fire Grant Winners Announced

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)FEMA has announced Round 15 fire grant winners for the FY2016 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG). FEMA awarded 88 fire grants totaling $10,684,975, including:

  • Royston Fire Department, Royston, GA, Operations and Safety, $6,662, Equipment
  • Potosi Volunteer Fire Dept., Inc., Potosi, WI, Regional Request, $40,228, Training
  • City of Pleasant Grove Fire Department, Pleasant Grove, UT, Operations and Safety, $161,182, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Willard Fire Protection District, Willard, MO, Regional Request, $233,773
  • Montgomery County Fire Protection District #1, Mount Sterling, KY, Vehicle Acquisition, $840,910

Subsequent AFG fire grants will be announced on Fridays but may not occur every week. Check First Responder Grants each week for the latest AFG news.

Round 6 FY16 SAFER Fire Jobs Grant Winners Announced

Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) GrantsFEMA has announced Round 6 fire jobs grant winners for the FY2016 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER). FEMA awarded 48 fire grants totaling $38,688,601, including:

  • New Holland Volunteer Fire Department. Inc, Batesburg, SC, Recruitment, $10,000
  • Springfield Fire Department, Springfield, MO, Hiring, $654,505, 8/18/17
  • Windsor Fire Protection District, Windsor , CA, Recruitment, $930,840, 8/18/17
  • Fauquier County Department of Fire and Emergency Services, Warrenton, VA, Hiring, $2,589,573, 8/18/17
  • Vallejo Fire Department, Vallejo, CA, Hiring, $3,912,750

Subsequent AFG fire grants will be announced on Fridays but may not occur every week. Check First Responder Grants each week for the latest AFG news.

Round 2 FY16 FP&S Fire Jobs Grant Winners Announced

Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) GrantsFEMA has announced Round 2 fire grant winners for the FY2016 Fire Prevention & Safety Grant Program (FP&S). FEMA awarded 10 fire grants totaling $800,291, including:

  • Kent Fire Department, Kent, OH, Fire Prevention, $8,095
  • Hallandale Beach Fire Rescue, Hallandale Beach, FL, Fire Prevention, $12,858
  • Hall County Fire Services, Gainesville, GA, Fire Prevention, $23,129
  • City of Meridian Fire Department, Meridian, MS, Fire Prevention, $53,253
  • Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, Miami, FL, Fire Prevention, $247,620

Subsequent FP&S fire grants will be announced on Fridays but may not occur every week. Check First Responder Grants each week for the latest FP&S news.

Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grant Application Period Now Open

FEMA HMABeginning on August 14, 2017, the open application period began for 2 competitive Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant programs. Eligible applicants including territories, federally-recognized tribes, states and local governments may apply for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) grants at https://portal.fema.gov through 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on November 14, 2017.

FMA grants are available to implement measures to reduce or eliminate risk of flood damage to structures insured by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). For FY 2017, $160 million is available, including $70 million for community flood mitigation activities that address flooding on a neighborhood level, such as floodwater diversion and localized flood-control measures as well as advance assistance for mitigation design and development of community flood mitigation projects. The remainder of funds will be used for mitigation planning, technical assistance and mitigating Severe Repetitive Loss and Repetitive Loss structures, which include elevation, acquisition, and relocation projects.

PDM grants are awarded for all-hazard mitigation planning and projects, such as the construction of community and residential safe rooms for tornados, and wind retrofits, which are enhancements made to strengthen the roof, walls and doors of structures to minimize damage caused by high winds. This year, $90 million is available, including $10 million for federally-recognized tribes. States, territories and the District of Columbia may apply for the statutory allocation of up to $575,000 federal share. The remainder of funds will be awarded on a competitive basis with an emphasis on mitigation activities that complement the post-disaster funding available under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and the flood mitigation funding from the FMA program.

To help with the development of Hazard Mitigation Assistance applications multiple tools have been created including fact sheets, benefit cost analysis guidance and job aids.

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FY 2017 Mitigation Grant Application Cycle: Lessons Learned and Best Practices for Application Development

FEMA HMA

FEMA’s 90-minute webinar was held on August 2 and 3, 2017. It reviewed lessons learned and best practices identified during the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 mitigation grant cycle to assist in the development of applications for the FY 2017 Grant Cycle. It presented an overview of the results of the FY 2016 mitigation grant cycle, with a focus on common issues and best practices identified across all project types with an in-depth walk through of the innovative Drought and Flood Mitigation Projects (Green Infrastructure, Aquifer Storage and Recovery, Flood Diversion and Storage, and Floodplain and Stream Restoration).

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Round 14 FY16 AFG Fire Grant Winners Announced

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)FEMA has announced Round 14 fire grant winners for the FY2016 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG). FEMA awarded 113 fire grants totaling $16,222,124, including:

  • Upper Cane Creek Volunteer Fire Department, Fruithurst, AL, Operations and Safety, $7,620, Training
  • West Dummerston Volunteer Fire Department, West Dummerston, VT, Vehicle Acquisition, $76,096
  • Chester Volunteer Fire Department, Chester, NE, Regional Request, $180,000, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • St. Helena Parish 6th Ward Fire Protection District, Kentwood, LA, Vehicle Acquisition, $398,096
  • Cedar Mountain Fire Protection District, Duck Creek Village, UT, Vehicle Acquisition, $744,762

Subsequent AFG fire grants will be announced on Fridays but may not occur every week. Check First Responder Grants each week for the latest AFG news.

Round 5 FY16 SAFER Fire Jobs Grant Winners Announced

Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) GrantsFEMA has announced Round 5 fire jobs grant winners for the FY2016 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER). FEMA awarded 35 fire grants totaling $12,724,427, including:

  • Kirksville Volunteer Fire Department, Richmond, KY, Recruitment, $1,800
  • North Saint Paul Fire Department, North Saint Paul, MN, Recruitment, $40,000
  • Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue, Kelso, WA, Recruitment, $376,500
  • Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department, Hyattsville, MD, Recruitment, $699,000
  • City of Dearborn, Dearborn, MI, Hiring, $1,795,092

Subsequent AFG fire grants will be announced on Fridays but may not occur every week. Check First Responder Grants each week for the latest AFG news.

Round 1 FY16 FP&S Fire Jobs Grant Winners Announced

Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) GrantsFEMA has announced Round 1 fire grant winners for the FY2016 Fire Prevention & Safety Grant Program (FP&S). FEMA awarded 7 fire grants totaling $2,794,233:

  • Springfield Fire Department, Springfield, IL, Fire Prevention, $26,714
  • City of Dayton Fire Department, Dayton, OH, Fire Prevention, $129,405
  • State of Tennessee, State Fire Marshal’s Office, Nashville, TN, Fire Prevention, $266,667
  • Electrical Safety Foundation International, Rosslyn, VA, Fire Prevention, $332,790
  • Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation, Pasadena, CA, Fire Prevention, $401,912
  • Fire Protection Research Foundation, Quincy, MA, Fire Prevention, $684,364
  • Philadelphia Fire Department, Philadelphia, PA, Fire Prevention, $952,381

Subsequent FP&S fire grants will be announced on Fridays but may not occur every week. Check First Responder Grants each week for the latest FP&S news.

Round 13 FY16 AFG Fire Grant Winners Announced

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)FEMA has announced Round 13 fire grant winners for the FY2016 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG). FEMA awarded 25 fire grants totaling $2,377,569, including:

  • Stitzer-Liberty Fire Dept., Stitzer, WI, Operations and Safety, $5,540, Equipment
  • Bertha Fire Department, Bertha, MN, Operations and Safety, $38,000, Equipment
  • Highland Ambulance EMS, Goshen, MA, Regional Request, $192,728, Equipment
  • Gateway-Unaweep Fire Protection District, Gateway, CO, Vehicle Acquisition, $285,715
  • Mason County Ruarl Fire Authority, Custer, MI, Operations and Safety, $416,667, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Subsequent AFG fire grants will be announced on Fridays but may not occur every week. Check First Responder Grants each week for the latest AFG news.