Fire Departments: Is it time to complete or update your needs assessment?

The Fund Finder News by Kurt Bradley, Senior Grants Consultant

There is an old saying that floats about and holds a special truth not only in how we conduct our daily operations, but also in how we go about applying to grant funding sources. That saying is:

“If You Fail to Plan, You Can Plan to Fail!”

Proper planning involves a myriad of things, one of which is assuring that you have proper manpower and equipment to carry out your basic mission for your citizens.

A needs assessment is a critical way to identity the needs in your organization that might be filled by grants. Now is the time to complete or update yours!

Full story: Needs and Capabilities Assessment: Why and How Do We Accomplish This?

Law Enforcement Agencies: Have you followed these 5 steps from the COPS grants office?

In order to apply for COPS Office funding, please prepare by taking the following actions

The Department of Justice’s COPS Office is a leading source of grant opportunities for Law Enforcement Agencies. To get ready for upcoming grant opportunities, the COPS office asks you to do the following:

STEP 1: Get a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number by calling 866-705-5711 or visiting

STEP 2: Ensure active registration with the System for Award Management (SAM) database (registration must be updated or renewed annually to maintain an active status)
**ALERT: You must submit a notarized letter appointing the authorized Entity Administrator before your registration will be activated. This requirement now applies to both new and existing entities. (

STEP 3: The COPS Office application is a two-step process that involves and JustGrants access. Register at JustGrants

STEP 4: Register at and complete form SF-424

STEP 5: Sign-up for notifications on COPS Office funding opportunities and activities

Need help with grants?

Contact one of our grant consultants today

Police grants: 5 BJA grants open now

Grants for drug courts, tribes, TTA, and more

Grant season is open! The four Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) grants below could provide useful resources to your agency and area:

FY 2021 Adult Drug Court and Veterans Treatment Court Discretionary Grant Program

FY 2021 Justice Information Sharing Training and Technical Assistance (JIS TTA) Program

FY 2021 Tribal Justice System Infrastructure Training and Technical Assistance Initiative

FY 2021 Tribal Civil and Criminal Legal Assistance Program

FY 2021 Innovations in Reentry Initiative: Building System Capacity & Testing Strategies to Reduce Recidivism

Not sure what to do?

Contact our grant consultants for help

Seats still available for tomorrow’s grant-writing training

Join us in Danville, IL, Mar. 20-21

Come join us for two days of meat-and-potatoes grant-writing training, designed to turn you into a first-rate public safety grant writer!

Presented in language you will understand and comprehend! Learn how to help your agency get the training, to get the grant, to get the gear! Thank you to our friends at Lynch Area Fire Protection Dist, Danville, IL, for hosting.

Learn more and join us

Lynch Area Fire Protection Dist, Danville, IL March 20-21, 2021

AFG Fire Grant Alert: Modifications to the FY 2019 AFG Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) and FY 2019 AFG Awards


Alert from FEMA

The attached FEMA Information Bulletin (IB) No. 461 modifies the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program reporting, period of performance, and amendment requirements contained in the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO).

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) acknowledges the delays in the successful deployment of grants management functionality for reporting and amendments via the FEMA Grants Outcomes (FEMA GO) system. In response, FEMA is providing a one-time, 12-month extension to all FY 2019 AFG Program awards. Further, FEMA is delaying the timelines for required financial and performance reports. Please review the attached Information Bulletin for full details.

You are receiving this message as the primary point of contact for a FY 2019 AFG grant. You are encouraged to share this information with anyone in your organization responsible for managing any FY 2019 AFG grant(s).

If you have any questions regarding the attached Information Bulletin, you can contact your AFG Preparedness Officer (PO) or the AFG Help Desk at [email protected] or (866) 274-0960.

View & download the PDF

Public safety agencies: Next Zoom grant-writing training

Mar. 30-31, 2021

No travel required!

Join us online for our March Zoom Grant Writing Class. This is the same format as our in-person training offered around the country, only all online with no travel costs, and all for only $499!

Past students say

“Highest grant success rate in the history of our agency.”

“We are in the $750K+ club for grants.”

“Thank you for giving me the tools to bring in $1.5 million.”

Learn more

Do this after you submit your grant application

Letters of support

Make your grant more competitive by requesting Letters of Support

Congratulations, you submitted your grant! Once your application is in, though, there is still one thing left to do. It’s something you can—and should—do with any grant: request letters of support.

But…what is a letter of support, and how do you get one?

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Tribal Community Policing Grants: FY2021 DoJ COPS Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS)

Implement and enhance community policing in Tribal Nations

Grant Website

Grant Guidelines Opportunity Number: O-BJA-2021-60008 Competition ID: C-BJA-2021-60008

Grant Deadline:

The deadline for applicants to register for and submit an SF-424 via is March 16, 2021.

The deadline to submit your Tribe’s CTAS application is Tuesday, March 30, 2021, at 9 PM EST.

Community policing grants for Tribes, Alaska Native villages, and Tribal consortia

What this grant does for your agency

CTAS Purpose Area #1: Tribal Resources Grant Program:

  • Expands the implementation of community policing and meets the most serious needs of law enforcement in Tribal Nations
  • Hire or re-hire career law enforcement officers and Village Public Safety Officers
  • Procure basic equipment and training to assist in the initiation or enhancement of Tribal community policing efforts

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Grant Eligibility

Eligible applicants include “Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), Other.”

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines:

About the DoJ COPS Office

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) is the component of the U.S. Department of Justice responsible for advancing the practice of community policing by the nation’s state, local, territorial, and tribal law enforcement agencies through information and grant resources. More

Grant Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than 9 p.m. EST, Mar. 30, 2021.


Apply for the FY2021 DoJ COPS Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS)

Want FEMA grants? Do this first

Download the free FEMA GO Account Creation Guide

If you’re applying to or receiving any sort of grant program from FEMA, you have to have a FEMA GO account. But… how do you set one up? Fortunately, FEMA has laid out the account creation process in a free PDF.

Start setting up your FEMA GO account today, and you’ll be ready to apply for, receive, and manage your FEMA grants: