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Rebuilding After A Disaster

Posted by Carol Timms on Tue, Oct 23, 2018 @ 16:10 PM

Immediately after a disaster, governmental agencies, volunteers and non-profits respond en masse to the affected area. rebuildThese entities provide essential health and human services. In turn, granting organizations support these first responders by offering grants for general expenses and specific special interests.

The Grant Helpers appreciates the efforts of the first responders. To say Thank You, we'd like to offer you a half-price Opportunity Search in January to replenish your budget. The cost for an Opportunity Search is usually $250 but for organizations assisting our neighbors affected by Hurricane Florence, Hurricane Michael or the wildfires in the Western US we are offering it for $125. The Opportunity Search will identify potential funders to whom you can apply for grant funds. It is our job to sift through many possible funding sources as listed in the databases to which we subscribe. After reviewing thousands of possible funding sources, we will provide you information on 3 who would be an excellent fit for your organization. We know you’re busy now serving the public so contact us in early January to receive this special price.

 The following are some of the organizations offering grants to support those who help:

 Support for Non-Profits

The Astellas USA Foundation will provide immediate response when needed. 

Both Walgreen’s Charitable Donations Program and Wells Fargo Charitable Contributions Program will support disaster relief programs across the nation.

Animals

Both Banfield and PetSmart Charities will support programs designed to aid animals during natural disasters. 

Schools and Libraries

Dollar General’s Beyond Words Program and the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries provide funds to help school and public libraries rebuild and restock after a disaster.

School Football Programs

USA Football, in conjunction with the NFL Foundation, provides equipment donations to youth and high school football organizations that have been affected by floods, earthquakes, fire, other natural disasters, and theft. 

Farmers

Farm Aid supports family farmers in crisis. Contact them through their hotline at 1-800-Farm-Aid or visit their website.  

Craft Artists

Craft artists in areas affected by natural disasters can benefit from grants, zero-interest loans and other services from the Craft Emergency Relief Fund

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When Disaster Strikes

Posted by Carol Timms on Tue, Oct 16, 2018 @ 14:10 PM

Every day we hear news of natural disasters. Across the country and around the world we hear reports of hurricanes,hurricane widespread fires, earthquakes, typhoons, volcanoes, and tsunamis. One of our readers, Bradley D., suggested we share some useful articles and advice to prepare for and react to a natural disaster.

Plan Ahead

Before there’s even a whisper of a disaster, take inventory of your belongings. This can be as simple as walking through your home taking photos to upload to the cloud. This will make filing claims easier.

Also, develop a plan of action if there is a disaster. Disasters that happen with little or no warning such as fires, tornadoes and earthquakes require a different plan than predicted disasters such as hurricanes. Know where to take cover. Planning in advance can mitigate loss. Consider maintaining extra supplies such as food, water, canned goods, and medicine. If you have warning, prepare an evacuation bag for each member of the household – including your pets.

Document Everything

In the event of a disaster, document your losses and expenses. Take pictures of the damage and meet with the insurance adjuster in person if possible. If possible, don’t dispose of anything until you have a chance to meet with the insurance adjuster. Then, keep a list of what you’ve had to throw away including spoiled food.

Keep all receipts related to being displaced including housing, food, etc. Kiplinger offers this article sharing 8 steps to getting your insurance claim paid quickly. 

Angie’s List offers several articles regarding rebuilding and choosing the best contractors.

Government Help

State, local and federal governmental agencies work with non-profits and utilities to offer a variety of necessary services during a disaster. Information on services can be found at DisasterAssistance.gov and on FEMA’s website. FEMA lists disaster recovery centers and establishes a specific page for significant disasters like Hurricane Michael. These pages offer information about services available to help those affected. 

 

We hope you stay safe. Thank you Bradley for offering these practical resources to share with our readers. Our next blog post will identify grant opportunities to assist in rebuilding.

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The Grant Helpers assists school, non-profit and local governments develop strategies for identifying and applying for grant funds to achieve their goals. Contact us today for a free consultation to learn how we can help.

 

 

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Assistance to Firefighters Grant Opportunity

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Tue, Feb 18, 2014 @ 11:02 AM

firefightersThe Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced it is accepting applications for its Assistance to Firefighters Fire Prevention and Safety Program. The grant deadline is March 21, 2014.

The purpose of the AFG Program is to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire and fire-related hazards by assisting fire prevention programs and supporting firefighter health and safety research and development. Congress approved over $32 million for this grant program, with a $1.5 million maximum request per grant application.

Fundable projects include the following:

  • Fire Prevention and Safety Activity: Activities designed to reach high-risk target groups and mitigate the incidence of death and injuries caused by fire and fire-related hazards.

  • Research and Development Activity: Projects aimed at improving firefighter safety, health, and wellness through research and development that reduces firefighter fatalities and injuries.

Eligibility and Requirements:

  • Fire Prevention and Safety Activity (FP&S): Eligible applicants for this activity include fire departments, national, regional, state, local, Native American tribal organizations, and nonprofit organizations that are recognized for their experience and expertise in fire prevention and safety programs and activities. Both private and public non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for funding in this activity. For-profit organizations, federal agencies, and individuals are not eligible to receive a FP&S Grant Award under the Fire Prevention and Safety Activity.

  • Firefighter Safety Research and Development Activity (R&D): Eligible applicants for this activity include national, state, local, Native American tribal organizations, and nonprofit organizations, such as academic (e.g., universities), public health, occupational health, and injury prevention institutions. Both private and public non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for funding in this activity.

FEMA allows fees for grant writers to be included as a pre-award expenditure, but the fees must be paid prior to award, which means they would be paid whether or not an award is granted.

Again, the deadline for this grant is March 21, 2014. For more information, including full eligibility and requirements, please contact us. And remember, TheGrantHelpers.com is here to help you as much or as little as you need. Please do not hesitate to let us know if we can help you throughout any part of the grant process.

 

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