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Grants for Disaster Preparedness

Posted by Vickie Garton-Gundling on Thu, Mar 8, 2018 @ 09:03 AM

In 2017, there were many devastating natural and other disasters around the world. In the wake of such harrowing events, response organizations tend to focus on disaster relief and recovery. But governmental and community disaster prevention and preparedness programs are equally important, as they have broad reach and proactively help save lives, reduce injury rates, and reduce property and environmental damage when disaster strikes.Disaster Prep.jpg There are many grant opportunities for those organizations who focus on disaster prevention and preparedness in addition to disaster relief and recovery.

Before you review and consider applying to the specific disaster preparedness grant opportunities listed below, here’s a quick reminder of some important, general preparatory actions your organization should take before applying for any grant.

Build a Relationship with the Grantmaker:
Many grants require your organization to work with someone at the grant funding entity in order to apply for a grant. Be sure to research if the grant opportunity you’ll apply to has such a requirement. Even when a particular grant does not require connecting with the grantmaker ahead of time, building a rapport with the funder and seeking their input on your project ideas in advance will increase your chance of funding.

Establish Project Partnerships: Many grants require or encourage partnerships with one or more organizations outside your own. It is best to secure collaborators before you begin or early in the project planning process so the partnering institution(s) can provide project planning input. 

Plan the Project: The vast majority of grant opportunities fund specific projects, not general operating costs.  This statement is especially true for disaster preparedness grant opportunities. Be prepared to present data justifying the need for the project, a detailed project description, a project budget, and specific goals and measurable outcomes.

Here are some specific disaster preparedness opportunities to consider, as well as several relationship building, partnership establishment, and/or project planning tips:

FEMA Disaster Preparedness: Hazard Mitigation, Fire Prevention, and Flood Prevention Grant Programs

FEMA offers a variety of grants to help state, local, tribal, and territorial governments fund and sustain programs to help prevent or prepare for a variety of potential safety, health, and security hazards. Under their Hazard Mitigation Grants category, FEMA offers general grants for post-disaster preparedness projects for annual prevention programs and future prevention and planning programs post-disaster. In addition to general Hazard Mitigation programs, FEMA also offers more disaster-specific programs, such as their Firefighters Grant Program intended to enhance firefighting personnel and fire prevention programs or their Flood Mitigation Assistance Program for initiatives that help prevent flooding and flood damage in flood-prone areas. For the grant award amounts and application cycle information for the grant in which you’re interested in applying, see the website above.

  Project Planning Tip: To help prepare a specific, detailed project plan that will appeal to the FEMA grant application reviewers, first review FEMA's "Mitigation Ideas" documents for examples of the specific types of programs FEMA typically funds. Be sure your own program is similarly specific but also includes a new or innovative aspect beyond what is included in FEMA’s sample project ideas.  


Hospital Preparedness Program

While most of us think of natural disasters when we hear the phrases “disaster prevention” or “disaster preparedness,” it is also important to prepare for potential healthcare crises, including possible disease outbreaks or healthcare resource and supply shortages. In 2017, the Centers for Disease Control awarded over $850 million to state, city, special district, and county governments for initiatives to help build and sustain public healthcare preparedness programs. Grant award amounts range from $300,000 to $42 million. Applications are typically due in April or May.

  Project Planning Tip: This grant requires that the project increase health gains for at-risk individuals or special needs populations. So, be sure to review the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act (PAHPRA) to confirm which populations this grant program considers “at-risk,” choose a specific special needs population to target for your project, and research the current number of individuals your hospital currently assists within that population, to what extent, etc.  

  Partnership Establishment Tip: Based on your specific project focus, consider partnering with a local health-focused organization or even another healthcare provider toward reaching your project goals.  

State Farm Good Neighbor Citizenship® Company Grants

Under their Safety Grants category, State Farm offers grants for auto accident prevention, home safety initiatives, fire prevention education, and other disaster-preparedness programs. Eligible applicant organizations for Safety Grants include educational institutions, non-profits, governmental entities, and some community organizations, such as fire companies. Grant applications are typically available starting in early September, with deadlines at the end of October.

  Relationship Building Tip: Contact your local State Farm Agency. While awarding decisions for this grant are made at the national level within the company, working with your local State Farm representatives can help you gather data on the largest needs in your community and thus help you focus your proposed project. More importantly, showing on your application that you’ve built a relationship with State Farm at the local level will appeal to the national funding decision-makers.


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Disaster Relief, Preparedness Grants

Posted by Tammi Hughes on Thu, Mar 2, 2017 @ 12:03 PM

3791340426_2b3d6b15b2_q.jpgAs the thunder rolls and the threat of tornados lurks in our home state of Illinois we thought it an appropriate time to share grants that help prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters, both natural and man made. Read below for three grants that can help your organization be prepared.

Hospital Preparedness Program

The Department of Health and Human Services wants to ensure communities are prepared for public health emergencies. The hospital preparedness grant program is intended to support the U.S. public health and healthcare systems. Eligible applicants include state, city, or county governments. Grant money is intended to be used to build and sustain their public health and healthcare preparedness capabilities, ensuring that federal preparedness funds are directed to priority areas within their jurisdictions as identified through their strategic planning efforts. Awardees must assure that their implementation activities and programs effectively meet the needs of at-risk individuals. Deadline for application submission is April 3. The minimum grant award is $300,000, with an award ceiling of $42 million.

Kiwanis Children’s Fund

Build a relationship with your local Kiwanis Club in order to be a recipient of a grant from the Kiwanis Children’s Fund. These disaster relief grants are intended to help Kiwanis clubs and districts meet crucial, immediate needs. Grants are designed to support Kiwanis-led relief efforts to meet the most urgent needs of victims immediately following natural disasters. The grant money must be used to address the immediate needs of disaster victims in the wake of a natural disaster. Types of activities supported include: food, bottled water, clothing, first aid supplies, cleaning supplies, and toiletries. This grant is not available to address long-term needs that may include building or rebuilding homes and replacing personal and household items. In the event of an emergency, contact your local Kiwanis club for assistance.

FEMA Non-Disaster Grants

The Federal Emergency Management Administration’s (FEMA) non-disaster grant programs provide funding to enhance state and emergency responders to prevent, respond to, and recover from terrorism incidents. The grant programs provide funding to state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, as well as to transportation authorities, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector. Dedicated funding is provided for law enforcement and terrorism prevention throughout the country to prepare for, prevent, and respond to pre-operational activity and other crimes that are precursors or indicators of terrorist activity. Last year, eight different grant programs totaling more than $1.6 billion were funded. Last year applications were due in April. The deadlines for 2017 have not been announced yet.

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Grants for Disaster Preparedness, Relief

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Oct 13, 2016 @ 11:10 AM

16551421138_4bc2a10225_q.jpgHurricane Matthew was an unwanted guest along the east coast and in several islands over the weekend. Matthew hit Florida, Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. More than 20 people in the U.S. died. Now, North Carolina is dealing with massive flooding that’s left about 1,500 stranded. And more than 1,000 people in Haiti died when the hurricane hit the country last week.

This is the perfect time to bring awareness to grants that both help prepare for natural disasters before they occur and assist people after disasters strike. See a sampling of these grants below, and don’t hesitate to contact us for more questions.

Lions Club International Foundation

This service organization, normally associated with helping with vision concerns, actually has four different grant programs dedicated to preparing for or helping with disasters. In the last 10 years, the foundation has awarded more than $100 million in these types of grants. Applications for these grants must be submitted to the local Lions Club where the disaster has occurred, so building a relationship with your local club is vital. See details on the all four of the grants below.

  1. Disaster Preparedness Grants- These grants help prepare for future disasters. The aim is to bring volunteers from the Lions Club together with emergency personnel and community organizations, in order to have plans in place before a disaster strikes. These grants range from $5,000 to $10,000. Local funds must account for 10% of the grant request. Priority will be given to districts susceptible to regular and repeated natural disasters.
  2. Emergency Grants- Grants of up to $10,000 are available for communities hit by a natural disaster that has affected at least 100 people. Grants in this category should help with an urgent need for water, food, clothing, medical supplies, blankets, and cleaning supplies not available from other agencies. When a tornado struck Joplin, Missouri, this grant was used to fund 120 meals a day for an emergency shelter that housed people who lost their homes.
  3. Community Recovery Grants- This set of grants is aimed to help with short-term clean up and repair efforts where immediate needs have already been addressed. These grants total $20,000 and are for current disasters only where at least 100 people have been affected. Construction projects are not eligible. Eligible projects include equipment for debris removal, coordination of blood drives, equipment and supplies for minor repairs of public institutions, and temporary eye clinics for replacement of eyeglasses.
  4. Major Catastrophe Grants- These grants cannot be applied for by organizations and instead are directed by the foundation’s board of trustees. These grants are awarded for long-term reconstruction projects like those after Hurricane Katrina in the U.S or the Nepal earthquake.

Gates Foundation

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gives grants in several different areas, one being emergency relief. They support three different types of emergencies: rapid-onset emergencies, complex emergencies, and slow-onset emergencies. The largest portion of emergency relief grant money goes to rapid-onset emergencies. These types of emergencies are high-impact emergencies such as typhoons or disease outbreaks. This funding aims to help with immediate needs including food, shelter, water, and more. The Gates Foundation also funds complex emergencies, which often include violent elements and disruption of national systems. This money will also fund immediate basic human needs. The last category of funding is slow-onset emergencies. These are classified as events along the lines of drought and famine, whose negative consequences build over time. Grant money in this program must support programs that help build stability in communities. Requests for Proposals are published on the foundation’s website.

Disabled American Veterans

For organizations aiming to assist veterans during emergencies, a great place to start is the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) grant program. This grant program supports veterans that have been the victim of isolated or specific disasters. These grants may be issued for the purpose of providing financial aid, food, clothing and temporary shelter. DAV supply kits – which include backpacks, blankets and hygiene kits – are also provided. Individual veterans and their family members are also eligible to supply directly for this grant program.

When disaster strikes, or if you are looking to fund something else, consider Contact to see how we can find the grant you need and work with you to create an application that attracts those funds.

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