Jeffrey Boyajian, Fire Chief, Stickney Fire Department, Illinois

On behalf of the Stickney Fire Department and the Village of Stickney I would like to sincerely thank you. With your guidance, we have successfully received grants in the 2015 AFG and 2016 AFG grant cycles. I am keeping my fingers crossed that with your assistance we will be successful in the upcoming 2017 AFG grant cycle. I look forward to working with you in this grant cycle.

Thank you again.

Todd A. Noon, Senior Associate, TRIAD Associates, New Jersey

I attended your 2016 grants workshop in Massachusetts, and it has paid huge dividends for our company and our clients.

Following your workshop, I wrote 3 First Responder grants for 2 small communities in New Jersey: an AFG for new SCBA equipment; a SAFER Hiring application; and a SAFER Volunteer Recruitment application. All 3 have now been approved and fully funded… just shy of $1 million!

Your course was filled with so much valuable, actionable information. What I learned in my two days with you made a real impact on the applications I submitted. In fact, when I compare these recent successful applications with ones I’ve done in the past that were not funded, the differences are clear.

Thanks for sharing your knowledge. The success we’ve had since taking your course has been well worth the nominal cost.

Dale E. Carbaugh, Fire Chief, MMP&W Volunteer Fire Company, Pennsylvania

I bought the online grant training this year and was awarded on AFG Round 10 for $150,000 on a Vehicle Acquisition grant. We will now be able to replace our worn-out brush truck. This was a major win for our small community. I truly believe the online class helped me win this award!

Kevin Kanehl, Fire Marshal, Armada Township Fire Department, Michigan

Just to keep you updated on the success your training program has had, we got awarded a micro-grant earlier this year for new nozzles, and we received the 1199a for $110,000 towards a new brush truck. We’re 2 for 2 in the 2016 AFG period. This makes 6 AFG awards and 2 SAFER awards since 2011.

Additionally, I helped another nearby department achieve a $691,000 SAFER award.

This would not have been possible without your course.

I want to thank you for giving me the tools to bring in around $1.5 million for my own department and a neighboring department. These departments both serve 10,000 people, so department size is no excuse not to get awarded. I do not know of any other training programs out there than can turn a $450 investment into over $1 million in return.

Erik Christensen, Wauconda Fire District, Illinois

The class has been a huge help! We have increased our efforts towards seeking and applying for grants significantly. GrantFinder is helping us out a lot as well. Thanks for all your efforts and for holding the class! It has shown to be invaluable so far!

Kelly V. Teague, Certified Grant Writer, Haywood Community College, North Carolina

I write grants for many different departments in our college, but I needed specific guidance for public safety grants. This online training was a very comprehensive training that helped me prepare for several grants I am currently working on for our college’s new Public Safety Facility.

Thank you so much for the opportunity to take the Online Public Safety Grant Writing training. This course was so comprehensive that I keep my notes from the course available as a quick reference for any grant.

Not only was the online training helpful, but the staff at First Responders Grants has also been exceptionally professional and helpful. It’s rare to find an organization that provides both professionalism and personal attention. I would recommend this course to anyone writing public safety grants.

Craig Thomas, Firefighter/Paramedic, Haleyville, Alabama, Fire/Rescue

Our department was awarded its first grant in 2003. I was tasked with taking over the responsibility of writing grants in 2005 and luckily was awarded in the first round. My next grant came late in 2008 after several rejections between the two. I had spoken with Kurt a few times informally but decided to take his Charlotte, NC class in 2009. After taking his class and totally rethinking the way I was writing grants, I was awarded a 3000 gallon tanker in round 1 of the 2009 grants and a brush/quick attack apparatus late in the 2010 awards for my department.

After the format change I went through several rejections in Ops, Fire Prevention and one S.A.F.E.R. grant until I received a partial grant in 2012. I was turned down again in 2013 and 2014. I had wanted to get back to Kurt’s class, but none were offered within several hundred miles. I had been considering the online class and after a brief discussion with my Fire Chief and Mayor I was all set to go.

The online class took me about four hours to complete and was in a very easy to understand and follow format. The class was an excellent refresher for me from the two day class I had attended a few years ago and I picked up on quite a few new ideas as well as saw a couple areas that I feel were causing my turndown notices.

As I begin to prepare and submit this year’s application in the coming days, I will be referring back to the online class section by section to make sure I am following what I learned to give our department the best possible chance of an award this year.

Kurt is very knowledgeable and highly respected in the grant writing community and has always responded to my questions, emails and phone calls very quickly. I highly recommend attending the online AFG grant class whether you are a first time grant writer or like I was, needing to freshen up on the grant process.

Brian Andrus, West Marshall Fire Department, Benton, Kentucky

I’ve known Kurt in the grant area since 2003. Kurt was the driving force that allowed me to receive our first Assistance to Firefighters Grant, and throughout the years, and over a million dollars in grant money later, he has been an amazing resource for grant training and consulting. As a recent student of Kurt’s online course, it provided me with updated essential training in the comfort of my home. I would definitely recommend First Responder Grants as your grant resource.