Gearing up for 2021 COPS Grants?

6 steps to prepare

From hiring programs to anti-drugs programs, mental health to community policing, the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) helps connect Law Enforcement Agencies nationwide with billions in policing grants.

More COPS programs are expected to open in 2021… but will you be ready?

Here are 6 steps to take now, so you can be ready for COPS opportunities whenever they come along:

STEP 1: Obtain a valid ORI number. If you do not have an ORI, go to https://portal.cops.usdoj.gov/ORIRequest.aspx

STEP 2: Get a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number by calling 866-705-5711 or visiting https://fedgov.dnb.com/webform/

STEP 3: Ensure active registration with the System for Award Management (SAM) database (registration must be updated or renewed annually to maintain an active status). 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 4: Register at Grants.gov and complete form SF-424

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

STEP 6: If applicable, update agency contacts and users in the Agency Portal.

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Nearly $1 million in grants to First Responder Grants clients and students

Firefighters

Congratulations to our clients and students who are bringing home AFG fire grant awards! During August 2020, these 5 departments received AFG and SAFER awards totaling $976,139

  • Allenstown, NH: SCBA and compressor, $198,964
  • Gorham, NH: SCBA, $141,350
  • Fox River & Countryside Fire-Rescue District, IL: Brush Truck, $296,818
  • Portland FD, CT: SCBA, $265,544
  • 2019 SAFER, City of Witt, IL: $73,463

“Greg took all the mystery out of the process, came up to meet in person, and helped me throughout the entire application period,” says Gorham Fire & EMS Chief Philip Cloutier.

“During the busy time period leading up to submission Greg was always available when needed and continues to assist with other grant applications as necessary. The members of Gorham Fire & EMS will now have up-to-date SCBAs, will be able to perform their duties safely, and return home to their families safely after a fire.”

Your department could be next!

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National and Online Training for Public Safety Grant Writing

“We were awarded an AFG grant in the amount of $150,286 to purchase 24 air packs. We would not been able to make this purchase without me taking you class and learning how to write grants. Thank you for all of your help!”

Bobbi Beers, Friendship Fire Company No. 1, Inc., Roaring Spring, Pennsylvania

New grant training in New England! Our friends at New Hampshire’s Berlin & Gorham FD are graciously hosting 2 days of grant-writing training for anyone in public safety, first responder, and emergency management.

Does this sound like your agency?

Your agency lacks funds for vital equipment or training.You applied for grants in the past, but just can’t seem to get your application into the winner’s circle.

Times are tight and your budget is shrinking, but grants seem so intimidating, you’ll never figure out how to get that crucial additional funding for your department.

You’re not the only one. Fire Departments, Law Enforcement Agencies and other Emergency Services Agencies nationwide have felt the sting of the budget ax.

They could’ve spent another year going without.

But they did something else. They took action, and they got that crucial grant funding.

Register today and get ready to make your way to the grant winner’s circle!

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New Hampshire FD wins fire grant for forestry truck

First AFG vehicle award in New Hampshire since 2018

During recent award rounds for the Assistance to Firefighters Grants, New Hampshire’s Tamworth Fire Department brought home a big win.

In the first AFG vehicle award in The Granite State since 2018, Tamworth FD was awarded $179,937 for a Type V forestry truck.

“Vehicle acquisitions are one of the most challenging grants to win,” says Greg Bavis, Grants Consultant for First Responder Grants. “With the right grant-writing training, a compelling narrative, and a thorough, data-driven application, any department can bring home a grant that helps their operations and benefits their community.”

Ready to win AFG?

Online AFG Training

Grant Writing & Review

Annual Grants Service

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No travel? Yes training.

National and Online Training for Public Safety Grant Writing

“Your team provided focus and clarity, eventually guiding us to form a concise, appropriate, and successful grant.”

Lt. Maurice Paquette, Allenstown FD, NH

Traveling for training? Not so much right now. We get that too.

However, just because you aren’t traveling right now, that doesn’t mean training is off the table.

With our online grant-writing training, you can get our best-in-class grant-writing training… on your time, on your device, and without having to travel.

Check out our online training today!

“I have had the chance to attend other classes on grant writing but none of them compared to this course. First Responder Grants is truly that—for first responders.”

Deputy Justin Koller, York CSO, PA

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Winning AFG

$351,500 in AFG fire grants awarded to 2 First Responder Grants Clients

AFG Fire Grant Awards for Aug. 14, 2020

Firefighters

Two more First Responder Grants clients have joined the Winner’s Circle for the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG):

  • Lincoln Fire Department, New Hampshire, $155,500
  • Lake Mohave Ranchos Fire District, Arizona, $196,000

Both departments will use their AFG fire grants toward the procurement of SCBA for their personnel.

“Fire Service Organizations of all sizes can find themselves in the AFG winner’s circle,” says Greg Bavis, Grants Consultant for First Responder Grants. “By winning these two AFG fire grants, two fire departments on opposite sides of the country will be able to more effectively respond to incidents and protect their first responders.”

Ready to win AFG?

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Grant Writing & Review

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$6,107 AFG COVID-19 grant awarded to Maine Fire Department

In August 2020, Maine’s Arundel Fire Department was awarded funds to bolster the department’s PPE and response around coronavirus and COVID-19.

The $6,107 COVID fire grant serves two main functions:

  1. Reimburse personal protective equipment (PPE) purchases already made due to the national COVID-19 pandemic
  2. Procure additional PPE stocks of N95 masks, gowns, and eye protection for future COVID-19 responses

“Response to coronavirus has stressed departments of all sizes,” says Greg Bavis, Grants Consultant at First Responder Grants. “These COVID-specific fire grants can help departments nationwide stock up on needed supplies to protect both the community and their personnel.”

Ready to win AFG?

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Grant Writing & Review

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Want the grant… but don’t want to write it?

Ask us about our Public Safety Grant Writing Services

You want the grant…

But maybe you don’t yet have the skills… or time… to write one.

We can help with that.

We have a full contingent of grant writers available to handle the tasks of writing your grant from start to finish.

Grant writing usually entails having a knowledgeable person readily accessible and available to the consultant assigned, in order to gather and share information particular to your agency, community and statistical and budgetary data. Depending upon the complexity of the grant and the information required, it may also entail travel by the consultant to your location. (Any required travel will be pre-approved and billed separately.)

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Every grant program, department, organization, and community is different. As such, let’s talk about your needs and challenges, then we can present you with a quote.

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FEMA announces AFG fire grant winners

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6 First Responder Grants clients and students awarded over $680,000

Award rounds have begun for the Assistance To Firefighters Grants. On Friday, July 31, FEMA began posting AFG fire grant winners to their website. To-date hundreds of grant winners have been announced, primarily in the Operations and Safety program.

In the first award round, six First Responder Grants clients and students were awarded over $680,000:

  • Pittsboro Fire Rescue, North Carolina, Vehicle Exhaust System, $101,429
  • Dwight Fire Protection District, Illinois, New Pagers, $35,943
  • Berlin Fire Department, Berlin, New Hampshire, SCBA, $176,350
  • Holderness Fire Department, Holderness, New Hampshire, SCBA, Compressor $ 152,854
  • New Hampton Fire & Rescue, New Hampton, New Hampshire, Auto Extrication Equipment $ 50,000
  • Pittsfield Fire Department, Pittsfield, New Hampshire, SCBA $ 163,550

FEMA will continue posting awards at FEMA.gov. Check back regularly for more updates.

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$800,000 Heavy Rescue Vehicle in Service for Washington Fire Department Thanks to AFG Fire Grant

In March 2020, Central Pierce Fire and Rescue, Washington, took delivery of an $800,000 Rescue 61 (GSO 11050) from KME thanks to an AFG grant

In March 2020, Central Pierce Fire and Rescue, Washington, took delivery of an $800,000 Rescue 61 (GSO 11050) from KME. CPFR won an FY 2017 fire grant from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, with grant writing and consulting assistance from Kurt Bradley at First Responder Grants.

Dubbed “Clyde,” the Heavy Rescue has already seen service on the old bridges, forest roads, and rugged terrain of Washington state. During a cliffside rescue incident outside of Mount Rainier National Park, in the middle of the night Clyde provided scene lighting, personnel transport, and rehab (not to mention fresh coffee, thanks to a Kuerig coffeemaker added by the CPFR team after taking delivery of Clyde.)

“Central Pierce is a key reminder that fire service organizations nationwide can get crucial funding for their operations, training, and equipment, including vehicles and apparatus,” says Kurt Bradley, Senior Grant Consultant with First Responder Grants. “Their needs assessment, understanding of the data needed to back up their application, and ability to state a clear case made them stand out. Now they have a new vehicle crucial to protecting their community and personnel.”

What equipment or training will your department request in this year’s AFG?

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