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

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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!

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.

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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:

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Join us online and in-person for the training that helps you tackle any grant

Spring and summer are perfect times to get ready for upcoming grants… and there are some big ones on the way.

Do you know “how to speak grants?”

Do you know how to convey what your agency needs?

Do you know how to back up your grant with the right data and story?

No matter your location, size, or need, odds are there is a grant program out there that can help you. And we can help you “get the training, that gets the grants, that gets the gear!”

Join us this summer for our national in-person grant-writing training. Or if those don’t work in your schedule, check out our online training too.

See you in the winner’s circle!

Mark your calendar – new grant-writing training!

August 22-23, 2019, Carpinteria, CA

Just added to the training calendar!

Join us in Carpinteria, CA, for 2 days of meat-and-potatoes grant-writing training. We’ve designed our training to turn you into a first-rate public safety grant writer.

Learn how to help your agency get the training, to get the grant, to get the gear!

Register early to hold your seat in class.

Grant writing at a Motor Speedway?

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

You know how we talk about how fast-paced the world of grants is?

That’s why it’s so perfect that you have a great opportunity to join us for a special grant-writing training on May 30-31, 2019.

New Hampshire’s Loudon Police Department has graciously arranged for us to host our training at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Come join us for two days of meat-and-potatoes grant writing training designed to turn you into a first-rate public safety grant writer. Presented in language you will understand.

Learn how to help your agency get the training, to get the grant, to get the gear!

See you at the track!

Image: © 2019 Speedway Motorsports, Inc.

Critical infrastructure: Where it is might surprise you

“Critical infrastructure.” It’s a phrase you might find in many grant guidelines and requests for proposal. But what is it? Where is it? How much does your area have? The answers might surprise you.

What is critical infrastructure?

According to DHS, critical infrastructure comprises physical and virtual systems “so vital to the United States that their incapacitation or destruction would have a debilitating effect on security, national economic security, national public health or safety, or any combination thereof.”

There are 16 sectors:

  1. Chemical
  2. Commercial Facilities
  3. Communications
  4. Critical Manufacturing
  5. Dams
  6. Defense Industrial
  7. Emergency Services
  8. Energy
  9. Financial Services
  10. Food and Agriculture
  11. Government Facilities
  12. Healthcare and Public Health
  13. Information Technology
  14. Nuclear Reactors, Materials, and Waste Sector
  15. Transportation Systems
  16. Water and Wastewater

Where is critical infrastructure?

Critical infrastructure can be anywhere.

How much critical infrastructure does your area have?

And that, folks, can be the big hairy unknown. Critical infrastructure can be in or around your area, and you might not know it.

What to do about it?

We are working on some new resources to help agencies like yours plan around critical infrastructure and how to include details about critical infrastructure in grant applications.

What questions do you have about critical infrastructure? Please email Kurt Bradley and let us know!

First responders and public safety agencies, get ready for 2019 grants


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.

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 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!

Don’t miss another grant

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.

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

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