Join us in University Center, MI, Sept. 29-30, 2020
Two days of meat and potatoes grant-writing training!
We designed our training to turn you into a first-rate public safety grant writer. Presented in language you can understand and comprehend. Learn how to help your agency get the training, to get the grant, to get the gear!
Once summer gives way to fall, we all know how close we are to the holidays… and then to another new year. As we head into the final months of 2018 and look ahead to 2019, there is lots your department can be doing right now to prepare for next year’s grant opportunities.
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.
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 determined that this year be the year you get to the winner’s circle? Remember: Lots of grants open for applications during the first quarter!
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 in 2019.
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.
Before we know it, summer will be on the wane. Vacations will be ending. School will be starting. Someday the temperature might even cool off…
As we start to think about fall and–can you believe it?–the year to come, it’s also a great time to talk with your department and municipality about getting grant-writing training. Since our training is only for first responders, emergency management, and public safety agencies, it’s tailored exactly for what you need to write and send out the most competitive grants you can.
Alerts and calendar keep you on top of upcoming grants and deadlines
You found a great grant, only to discover it’s not accepting applications at the time. It will be in the future though. But that opens up its own can of worms. Now you have to figure out a way to keep track of the grant, when it opens, when it closes… and you know how it’s going to end. You’ll smack yourself on the head after missing the deadline. After all, with so many other duties, responsibilities, and tasks in your day-to-day life, how will you prevent another application period from passing you by?
There is a way to plan for grants so you don’t miss out. Just use Grant Calendar and Grant Alerts, 2 powerful tools in GrantFinder, the resource that’s like Google for grants. A combination of GrantFinder’s Calendar and Grant Alert tools can help you stay on top of pending deadlines and upcoming new programs.
At-a-glance view of when grants are open and closing
On August 1, 2017 alone, 124 grants have their deadline.
How do we know that? Because GrantFinder’s powerful Calendar view showed us.
GrantFinder’s Grant Calendar gives you the ability to browse grants based on timeline, deadline, and funding source. This powerful visual tool shows deadlines of grants so you can look for a program based on schedule.
Calendar also gives you an at-a-glance view that helps you plan out your application efforts. If you’re looking for programs with deadlines, say, next month, next quarter, or even further down the road, GrantFinder’s Calendar can show you that.
Have those grants come to you
Sure, you can use GrantFinder’s Calendar and Search to help you 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:
Who Can Apply?
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.
Grants found—in time for the deadline!
GrantFinder’s powerful tools can help you never again have that horrible feeling that comes when you miss a deadline for a grant that would have been perfect for your department.
Public Safety Grant News and Tips by Kurt Bradley, Certified Grants Consultant
The end of the year is coming fast and furious, and it’s time to look ahead to 2015. What is your department’s strategy for next year’s grants? How will you bridge the gap between your agency’s needs and budget?
As you look to next year, here are some things to remember that we can help you with:
Public Safety Grant-Writing Training from First Responder Grants
Are you in Hawaii or the Pacific Island Territory Islands? We’re bringing our grant training to Guam!
Our 2-day Grant Writing for Public Safety and First Responder Agencies training class will be held Sept. 30-Oct. 1 at Guam Community College, Barrigada.
All are welcome to attend this course, a considerable cost savings to your agency as opposed to the cost of sending students to the mainland for our regularly scheduled classes.
Cost to attend: $500 per student. Registration and payment of tuition fees for this class will be handled directly through Guam Community College. For further information contact Senior Grant Consultant Kurt Bradley at 863-551-9598 or email@example.com at First Responder Grants, or contact Director of P.O.S.T certification, Dennis Santo Tomas, at Guam Community College directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (671) 788-1537.
This is a unique opportunity for those agencies eligible for and seeking federal grant assistance for their agencies through DHS that are located in the South Pacific.