2 public safety grant-writing training sessions for April 2021

Train online or in person this month

Spring has sprung, and we are springing into April with 2 opportunities for you to get grant-writing training!

April Zoom Grant Writing Class, April 24-25, 2021

In Person Tilton Police Dept, NH, Apr. 15-16, 2021

Write your best grant… even your first one

Whether you’ve written grants before or are a rookie trying to get off to a solid start, our training can raise your grant game:

  • See examples of real-world, winning grants
  • Understand what RFPs (Requests for Proposals) and NOFOs (Notices of Funding Opportunity) are… and what they’re asking for
  • Break down “grant speak” into real talk you and your superiors can understand

Whether you join us on Zoom or in New Hampshire, we can’t wait to see you. Grants are out there! Let’s get you the training… that gets the funds… that gets that gear!

Learn more and register

April Zoom Grant Writing Class, April 24-25, 2021

In Person Tilton Police Dept, NH, Apr. 15-16, 2021

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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Stephen & Tabitha King fire grants award $115,000 to 4 Maine fire departments

Firefighters

Since 1986, the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation has been supporting Maine communities. As part of their 2020 grant process, the Foundation awarded fire grants totaling $115,000 to 4 Maine fire departments and First Responder Grants clients and students:

  • Randolph Fire Department, Maine, $40,000 for turnout gear
  • Nobleboro Fire Department, Maine, $20,000 for auto extrication equipment
  • Lebanon Fire Department, Maine, $35,000 for station addition
  • Turner Fire Department, Maine, $20,000 for auto extrication equipment

“Grants are available from generous private citizens and nonprofit organizations too,” says Greg Bavis, Grants Consultant at First Responder Grants. “Public safety agencies are trying to bridge those difficult gaps between their budget and their needs. State-focused programs such as the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation are making it possible for these four Maine fire departments to improve how they protect their communities and their personnel.”

Your department could be next!

Join us for our new LIVE Online Grant-Writing Training!

Other Grant Training

Annual Grant Service

Grant Writing & Review

What if you never missed a grant again?

Does this sound familiar?

You find an amazing grant.

It’s full of crucial funding that would bridge gaps in your budget.

It’s perfect for your agency.

There’s just one thing.

You missed the deadline.

That doesn’t have to happen again.

Over 500 cities, towns, counties, regional planning organizations, and COGs have used GrantFinder to keep up with grants. This powerful, essential tool will help you find grant funding.

Learn more

6-month unlimited access to grants for your state

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Grant rejection?

Make your next grant more competitive

You did the work. Filed the grant. Waited. And waited…

Only to get a “no thanks, try again next time” letter. Getting one of these “dear john” letters can really make your heart sink. All that work. All that hope.

Was it all for nothing?

No.

Look, grants are hard. No matter how compelling your narrative, no matter how good your data, no matter how big your need, there are no guarantees. Not every application is going to be a winner.

There’s only one thing you can do.

Dust yourself off.

Take a breath.

Say whatever, ahem, “special words” you need to say.

And then?

Get ready for the next grant.

But… how?

Maybe your narrative wasn’t as solid as you thought. Maybe there was a crucial bit of data missing. Maybe your request needed to be higher-priority equipment. Maybe you didn’t make the deadline.

Grants are hard. There no guarantees. Whatever happened, you can do a better job next time, with our help. We can coach you on your grant, help you craft a better narrative, work with you on the data, and maybe—just maybe—skip the ole’ “dear john” rejection letter…

And instead find yourself in the winner’s circle.

Are you ready to write your best grant?

Contact a grant consultant today

Grants up to $5K for your local area

Apply for Walmart Community Grants by Dec. 31, 2020

The Walmart Community Grant Program awards grants ranging from $250 to $5,000 through each of their facilities (Walmart Stores, Sam’s Clubs, and Logistics Facilities).

Eligible nonprofit organizations must operate on the local level (or be an affiliate/chapter of a larger organization that operates locally) and directly benefit the service area of the facility from which they are requesting funding.

Apply by Dec. 31, 2020

Learn more and apply

ONDCP: Reduce substance use in your community

Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)

Learn more about the Office of National Drug Control Policy

The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) is a component of the Executive Office of the President which works to reduce drug use and its consequences by leading and coordinating the development, implementation, and assessment of U.S. drug policy.

Established in 1988, ONDCP coordinates the federal government’s anti-drug efforts by:

  1. Developing a comprehensive National Drug Control Strategy which aims to reduce substance use through public health and public safety measures;
  2. Funding and coordinating the activities of law enforcement, community-based coalitions, and other actors working on the ground to combat substance misuse; and
  3. Coordinating the activities and related funding of sixteen Federal government agencies and departments to reduce the availability of and the demand for illicit substances.

While ONDCP works broadly on substance misuse, it is focused on the country’s ongoing Opioid Crisis which is caused by the misuse of prescription drugs, heroin, and synthetic opioids like fentanyl.

Go to the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)

Want FEMA grants? Set up FEMA GO first

FEMA GO Account Creation Guide

Get your free Account Creation Guide from FEMA

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:

Get your FEMA GO free Account Creation Guide now

Summer grant prep

Summer is a great time to prepare your department for upcoming grants and future grant opportunities. Here are a few tips to get you on your way to being prepared for any grant that comes your way:

Conduct a needs assessment

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 gives you the facts you need to know about how well prepared your department is to carry out its primary function.

How to do a needs assessment

What grants will you go for?

Each year, public, private, corporate, and non-profit organizations provide thousands of grants worth billions of dollars. What programs are out there that your agency could benefit from? What program will you try for for the first time? What programs have you tried for and gotten rejected, but you’re ready to try again?

Don’t miss another grant

Make sure your agency is set up in FEMA GO

FEMA GO has been a big change in how public safety agencies apply for federal grants. The intent behind FEMA GO is to have grants be managed in a more streamlined, user-friendly system. Over time, organizations like yours will be able to manage FEMA grants and other programs in one place.

This is a new system, and it is a big change. However, the new rules of the road are the new rules of the road. Once you are up and running, you should be ready to work in the new system to apply for and manage grants, and our get-ready-GO guide can show you what to do:

FEMA GO guide to apply for and manage grants

Know and practice the 4 things grant winners have in common

Over the years we’ve looked at thousands of grant applications, and we have seen it all. The good. The bad. The ugly. And there are things that consistently set the winners apart from the losers. Put our 4 tips to work in your grant efforts, and you will be far more likely to celebrate a grant award:

The 4 things grant winners have in common

Let the numbers do the talking

You can make a well-stated case for why your department needs a grant more than another, but you also have to back up your story with hard data. Luckily, there’s lots of that out there. Demographics, critical infrastructure, economics, you name it.

Get the numbers and facts you need with our resource lists

After you submit your grant, request 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

Train

Just as you train for different incidents, it takes solid training to write a good grant too.

Check out our online training and national training options for what’s right for you

Need help with all this?

Our expert Senior Grant Consultants are a phone call or an email away.

Contact us today

NIMS ALERT 11-20: FEMA Releases COVID-19 Operational Guidance for Hurricane Season

FEMA Releases COVID-19 Operational Guidance for Hurricane Season

FEMA released “COVID-19 Pandemic Operational Guidance for the 2020 Hurricane Season” to help emergency managers and public health officials best prepare for disasters, while continuing to respond to and recover from COVID-19.
 
The guide provides actions emergency managers and public officials can take to prepare for response and recovery operations during ongoing COVID-19 response efforts. Specifically, the guidance:

  • Describes anticipated challenges to disaster operations posed by COVID-19.
  • Highlights planning considerations for emergency managers based on current challenges.
  • Outlines how FEMA plans to adapt response and recovery operations.
  • Creates a shared understanding of expectations between FEMA and emergency managers.
  • Includes guidance, checklists and resources to support emergency managers’ response and recovery planning.

Private sector and non-governmental organizations can use the guidance to gain an understanding of the government’s posture, planning and readiness efforts.
 
To expand awareness and understanding of the guidance, FEMA’s National Preparedness Directorate is conducting four webinars. The webinars will allow emergency managers an opportunity to discuss how the guidance can assist jurisdictions review and modify their plans given the constraints and limitations of the ongoing pandemic. To register, please click on the link for the preferred webinar from the list below:

Download the COVID-19 Pandemic Operational Guidance for the 2020 Hurricane Season on the FEMA website.