4 chances for September public safety grant-writing training

Grant-Writing Training

Seats still available!

Head into fall by getting to the top of your grant-writing game!

Seats are still available for 4 in-person grant-writing training sessions, led by First Responder Grants Consultant Greg Bavis:

Sept. 11-12

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Sept. 16-17

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Sept. 23-24

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Sept. 25-26

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3 NEW public safety grant-writing training sessions open now

Grant-Writing Training

Join us on Zoom in June, July, or August

No travel? No worries. This summer, you can still get America’s best grant-writing training… online!

We are adding new online training sessions all the time. Here are 3 new dates, open now for registration… which works best for your summer calendar?

NEW! June 5-6, 2021
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NEW! July 19-20, 2021
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NEW! Aug. 19-20, 2021
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Seats still available! Apr. 24–25, 2021
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Seats still available! May 20–21, 2021
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All about our LIVE online training

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!

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

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

New Zoom grant training dates

Join us online in March, April, or May

Spring into training! All right, all right, sure, we had to go there.

It’s true though:

New Zoom grant-writing training dates are ready to go. These 2-day sessions are all online, no travel costs required!

Our online grant-writing training helps you unlock the secrets of finding grant funding:

  • Learn where to hunt grants that are for public safety agencies
  • Ensure your agency is eligible to accept grant money
  • Write clear, concise, and effective grant applications

Learn more and register for one of our spring training dates today:

Mar. 30-31, 2021

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Apr. 24-25, 2021

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May 20-21, 2021

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The right grant-writing training anytime, anywhere

Online or in person, the right grant-writing is waiting for you

In person or online, the right grant-writing is waiting for you.

We have 4 options available for training. What’s right for your time and budget? Check out our updated Training page and get the grant-writing training you need this year:

New Zoom training launches Monday

Only $499, no travel costs, all online

Ready for grant-writing training… without all the time and cost of travel?

Our new, all-online, 2-day grant-writing training starts Mon., Feb. 1, and “seats” are still available.

We’re excited to bring you this new way to get our grant-writing training. For one all-inclusive price of $499, you’ll be able to…

  • Interact with your colleagues and the instructors
  • Ask questions
  • Learn where to hunt grants that are for public safety agencies
  • Ensure your agency is eligible to accept grant money
  • Write clear, concise, and effective grant applications
  • 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

Once you’ve finished our training, you’ll be able to write competitive grants, like these previous students:

“The Northwest Fire District received a $3.1M regional Assistance to Firefighters Grant award for dual-band radios & repeaters that will benefit 10 agencies operating in and around Tucson, AZ.”

“We were awarded the grant for the new Livescan fingerprint machine and KLER records management interface. Between these and past awards, we’ve received over $410,000 in grant funding. Figured you like to know when you successfully assist students.”

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

Seats are still available! We’ll see you Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 1–2, on Zoom:

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Need in-person grant training?

Join us in New Hampshire, Sept. 26-27, 2020

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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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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Do this after you submit your grant application: Request Letters of Support

Letters of support

The Fund Finder News

By Kurt T. Bradley, Senior Grant Consultant, First Responder Grants

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.

Application first, letters second

First off, notice I said you should do this after the grant was submitted. There is a reason for that.

Letters of Support need to be filed in your original grant file (especially in the case of large Federal grants such as the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program). Unless the grant provider has a grant number to associate that file and the Letter of Support, your letters will not make it into the file where they will be seen by the technical reviewers (provided that you scored well enough to warrant a technical review).

When you compose your request for a Letter of Support, be sure that your grant number, such as your 2019 AFG grant number is clearly noted. That way when it is received by AFG, they know exactly what file to put it into.

Who should you ask for letters of support?

First and foremost, ask all the Congressional Representatives from your state, both the US House of Representatives and US Senate.

Remember: This is not time to be partisan! Ask from Democrats as well as Republicans, and regardless of your like or dislike of politicians.

It’s always good to get a letter from your State Department of Homeland Security director.

If your grant is for communication equipment, request a letter from the Director of State DHS Emergency Interoperable Communications.

Also, it’s not a bad idea to ask for letter from your State Governor.

How to make contact

Now you know who you should ask for letters of support. But how do you know who these people are, and where do we find their mailing addresses?

And that’s right: mailing address. Not a phone number. Not texting. Not email. For everyone you want to contribute a letter of support about your grant, you’re going to send an actual letter.

Let me help you out as much as I can:

Copy this template: What to send in your letter of request

Here’s an example of what your letter of request should look like. We’ll use the FY 2019 AFG as an example, but you can copy, paste and customize this in your word processor to whatever grant you need it to reflect:

(Insert Date)

(Your Rank and Name)

(Your Department)

(Your Department’s Mailing Address)

(Your Direct Phone Number)

(Their Title and Name)

(Their Mailing Address)

RE: Letter of Support for 2019 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program

(Dear Mr./Ms./Representative/Senator/Governor LastNameHere)

The (Insert name of department, City, State) and our citizens, whom we are charged with protecting, respectfully requests a letter of support from your office in support of our recent grant application submitted on March 20,2020, to the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program offered by FEMA, a copy of which is attached.

This request is seeking $?????? in Federal share funding to acquire critically needed firefighting equipment necessary for us to ensure the health and safety of our firefighters and citizens that we protect and in response to compliance with the National Response Framework established by the Department of Homeland Security. 

This equipment is critical to our ability to be able to safely carry out our mission toward achieving those goals. The current state of the economy has caused our financial stability to falter. We, nor our citizens and your constituents, are financially able to afford the costs this project requires. Temporary outside Federal financial assistance is desperately needed. Your support of our efforts to secure this funding is humbly requested.

Our grant number assigned to his project is (grant number). We would greatly appreciate a letter of support from you be sent to the address below referencing our grant number and lending your support to this vital project in support of your constituency. 

The citizens and our department thank you for your time and support.

Respectfully,

(Your Name and Title)

The letter should be addressed and sent to:

DHS-FEMA-GPD
Attn: Chris Logan
Acting Assistant Administrator for Grant Programs
400 C Street S.W., 3N
Washington, D.C. 20472-3635

Once you write the letter

Once you’ve customized the letter above for your grant:

  • Print the letter on department letterhead
  • Sign the letter
  • Print out a complete copy of your grant from the online application
  • Put this letter on top of the grant request
  • Place the letter and grant request copy, unfolded, in a manila envelope and seal it.
  • Repeat as needed and mail to all those you addressed it to.

Seeking letters of support is a crucial final step that can make all the difference between rejection and winning a grant. Don’t forget this important last step! It’s something that all our past winners do—and you should also.

See you in the Winner’s Circle!

Coronavirus/COVID-19: Kingman, Arizona Grant-Writing Training rescheduled for Sept. 9–10, 2020

Given current concerns and recommendations about the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, we are monitoring our 2020 grant-writing training schedule. To do our part to protect everyone’s safety, we will reschedule trainings as needed.

Our training is Arizona is rescheduled as follows:

Lake Mohave Ranchos Fire District, Kingman, AZ

New date: Sept 9-10, 2020

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At this time other trainings continue as scheduled. For registered students, we’ll be reaching out to you individually if there are changes to other trainings.

Want training but without the travel?

Our online training is always available:

Winning AFG: Online Grant Training. Remember: FY 2019 AFG application deadline has been extended to Mar. 20!

Writing Public Safety Grants: Online Grant Training

Questions? Please contact us

Stay safe out there… and wash your hands. Thank you for all you are doing during this time to protect yourselves and our communities.