Get ready for AFG: Conduct your Needs Assessment

The Fund Finder News by Kurt Bradley, Senior Grants Consultant

Needs Assessment

AFG will be opening soon, and now is the time to get ready for what’s going to be a competitive grant year.

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.

One of the tools that you should be using in that planning is a needs and capabilities assessment. It is one of the first things that you need to do. This report is what gives you the facts you need to know about how well prepared your department is to carry out its primary function, whether that be a Fire/EMS or Law Enforcement agency. It gives you a “State of the Union” report, so to speak, about your department.

So, just exactly what is a “Needs and Capabilities Assessment,” and how do we go about doing one?

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A new year of grants awaits

Here are just a few ways we can help your agency win grants in 2020

Happy New Year and welcome to 2020! The holidays might be over, but a new year of grants has just begun.

Throughout 2020, grants will be available from a range of federal, state, local, corporate, and non-profit sources. Some grant-writing services might be able to help a church get a new roof or a teacher fund a new project for their school. But when it comes to helping public safety and emergency management agencies write grants, there is no one like us at First Responder Grants.

Here are just a few ways we can help your agency this year:

Grant-writing training online and nationwide

Grant consulting

Grant writing and review

Need help finding grants?

Law Enforcement: 2020 grants are coming… are you ready?

Is your agency getting ready for 2020 grants?

“secured over $1M in grant monies for my department” — Sgt. J. Kemp, Yuma PD, Arizona
“$1.25M to hire 10 new LEOs” — Deb Morrone, Fort Wayne PD, Indiana
“$410,199 for new equipment, including Livescan fingerprint machine and KLER records management interface” — Undersheriff Mickey Gruber, Brown County Sheriff, Kansas

Agencies likes these have worked with us to help them with their grant applications, and that help has made a big difference in their departments.

2020 can be your agency’s year in grant winner circles too. Federal, state, non-profit, private-sector grants will soon be opening around the country. If your organization is planning to apply for grants next year, NOW is the time to get in touch with us ensure your spot for grant assistance

Get the grant help you need!

Reserve your time now:

Call 863-551-9598

Fire Service: Mutual aid for your 2019 Assistance to Firefighters Grant

AFG opens for applications in January

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Are you ready?

Is your department getting ready for the FY 2019 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG)?

AFG opens for applications in January. If your organization is planning to apply for this grant, NOW is the time to get in touch with us ensure your spot for our FY 2019 AFG grant assistance

Get the AFGP help you need! Reserve your time now:

Call 863-551-9598

New grant-writing training in New England

National and Online Training for Public Safety Grant Writing

With our friends at Berlin & Gorham FD, NH, Apr. 18-19, 2020

“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 have 2020 be full of grants for your agency!

Are you ready for 2020 public safety grants?

Join us for grant-writing training

“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 County Sheriff’s Office, York, Pennsylvania

What if the equipment and training your organization needs was only a grant application away? Would you be ready to write that grant?

From public, corporate, and non-profit sources, major public safety grants will be opening soon and throughout 2020. But what really matters is whether or not your agency is prepared to take your best shot at winning those crucial grants.

It’s not easy to know the ins and outs of today’s grants. That’s why our training gives you the “meat and potatoes” you need to put out the most competitive grants you can.

“I have attended several of Kurt’s informative and educational classes and found them to be presented in language that was easy to understand. His post-seminar guidance and assistance in helping us with all of our applications has been, to say the least, invaluable.”

Firefighter Lee Look, PhD, Lyndon Fire & Rescue, Kentucky

Seats are still available for 2 upcoming trainings, hosted by our friends in the Fire Service and in Law Enforcement:

Tamworth Fire/Rescue, NH, Oct. 26-27

Franklin Township PD, NJ, Nov. 13-14

What’s next after AFG, SAFER awards?

Firefighters

Get ready for FY 2019 grant application periods

FY 2018 AFG and SAFER award rounds are winding down. Fire grants worth millions have been awarded to Fire Service Organizations nationwide.

But what’s next?

Now that awards are wrapping up, it’s time to get ready for FY 2019 fire grants. Application periods haven’t been confirmed yet. What matters far more, though, is that you are getting ready now, so that whenever a grant opens, you are ready to go on your application and narrative.

What does it take to get ready for FY 2019 fire grants? Contact us today to discuss your department, the equipment you need, and how to get ready for any grant.

Get fire grant help

How confusing is that grant you’re working on?

Tricky public safety grants? We can help.

Grants have their own language and complexity. They’re not always easy to understand. There are rules, details, and requirements that you have to follow to the letter… or else your grant won’t get funded.

Sometimes, though, those confusing grants can get pretty overwhelming. And when that happens, we’re here to help:

Contact us today


Check out our grant writing & review services


Sign up for an Annual Grant Services Package

Your next Law Enforcement grant can stand out with these 3 resources

One tree stands taller than the others

Every year Law Enforcement Agencies around the country apply for grants. Competition is stiff. One of the things that can help your grant stand taller than the rest?

Solid data.

Facts and figures paint a picture that shows the grant reviewer your need—and why your agency deserves a grant over another.

Here are 3 resources that can help your next grant stand out:

Arrest Data Analysis Tool – Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)

This dynamic data analysis tool allows you to generate tables and figures of arrest data from 1980 onward. You can view national arrest estimates, customized either by age and sex or by age group and race, for many offenses. This tool also enables you to view data on local arrests.

Check out the Arrest Data Analysis Tool

Kids Count

Great site for Juvenile Justice statistical research for your area and for comparisons regarding other geographical areas of the U.S. Data can be viewed in the form of profiles, rankings, or raw data. Created by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Kids Count has compiled indicators of child well-being from U.S. Census data and other sources, and created an interactive online database.

Check out the Kids Count

Crime Statistics – Finding Statistics and Data – Managed by the University of Michigan Library

Find data produced by governments on a wide variety of topics including data on local communities, other countries, criminal justice, incarceration and jails.

Check out the Crime Statistics

Grant tips and more: Listen to us on the “Beyond the Call Podcast”

Beyond the Call Podcast talks with Margaret Stark of First Responder Grants

Senior Grants Consultant and First Responder Grants founder Margaret Stark shares her journey in starting First Responder Grants, and passes along key tips for securing grants.

You can hear Beyond the Call at SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts, and more.

Thank you to our friends at Beyond the Call, the National Police Credit Union, and the Chicago Patrolmen’s Federal Credit Union for having us!