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Grants for Police Departments

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Wed, Dec 21, 2016 @ 15:12 PM

Below we have compiled a list of grants to assist law enforcement agencies in 6506460991_06945491be_q.jpggathering the items they need to keep the public safe and to do their job efficiently.

Smart Policing Initiative

The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced it is seeking applications for its Smart Policing Initiative (SPI). State, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies are eligible to apply for funding. Applications that feature two or more applicants to carry out the grant award are favored. This grant program “seeks to build upon analysis-driven, evidence-based policing by encouraging state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to develop effective and innovative responses to crime within their jurisdictions. Recipients of funding under this grant program will test promising practices and implement evidence-based interventions to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of police agencies’ processes and procedures and establish sustainable partnerships with researchers to evaluate their effectiveness.” An example of a previous SPI winner is the Boston Police Department. The BPD started a problem-orientated policing process to improve its homicide investigation processes and practices thus resulting in a significant increase in its homicide clearance rate. Applications are due Jan. 26, 2017. 

Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS)

The 2017 CTAS grant is now open to federally recognized tribes and tribal consortia. CTAS enables the eligible entities to submit a single application for all nine of the Department of Justice’s competitive grant programs. Each of the nine grants is described as a “purpose area,” and when applying for the CTAS the applying agency can select which of the nine grants it wants to apply for. Each of the nine purpose areas has unique requirements. The CTAS application deadline is Feb. 28. 2017. The first purpose area or funding area is a hiring and equipment/training grant program that will help tribes with implementation of community policing and the needs of their law enforcement agencies. Fundable items include rehiring or hiring career law enforcement officers and village public safety officers. The grant can also fund the purchase of basic equipment and training. The other eight categories are: planning demonstration projects, alcohol and substance abuse, corrections and correctional alternatives, violence against women, victims of crime (two categories), juvenile healing to wellness court, and tribal youth program.

Police Dog Grant

Universal K-9 wants every police department to have a K-9 unit. If your police department needs to start a K-9 department or replace an aging dog, all you have to do is contact Universal K-9. Dogs trained by the company are young, healthy, and come with all shot and health records. Officers who will work with the K-9 unit are required to take a two-week handlers/training course before the dog is released to the department. Police departments can request as many dogs as they need. Universal K-9’s trainers have been training dogs for the military and civilian police departments for over 30 years. For more information on the police dog grant email the company at info@universalk9inc.com.


Whether your police department needs staffing, equipment, or vehicles we can help find the grant that will fit your needs. Our team of experts along with our experience and subscription to multiple databases makes us a perfect fit to help you find the grant money you desire. Contact us today to start a free consultation.

 

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Police Grants

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Jul 21, 2016 @ 09:07 AM

Violence against police, long a potential hazard, has risen as a concern due to recent events. Now more than ever it is important that police agencies have all the necessary equipment they need3954363946_7091cd0daa_q3.jpg to keep the not only public safe but also themselves. Below are some grants that can assist these police departments.

Our thoughts are with all of the families of the police officers who have lost their lives keeping others safe.

American Police and Sheriffs Association

This is a very straightforward equipment grant program from APSA. Any law enforcement agency or officer in the United States can apply for an equipment grant simply by filling out a single form. Grants are awarded based on those in the most need and that can benefit most from the grant money. Applications are accepted at any time. Recently, $6,000 was awarded to the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors and Armorers Association for training DVDs. Grant money has also been used to purchase tasers, tactical vests, and equipment for a K9 unit.

Armor of God Project

Ballistic vests are an integral part of a police officer’s wardrobe. The Armor of God Project is making sure all police officers have access to these life-saving pieces of equipment. They will recycle used, but still quality, ballistic vests and provide them to officers that need them. Since 2009, thousands of vests have been given to deserving police officers. Vests can be requested by filling out an online form on the project’s website. At this point, the project has seen an increase in requests for vests and is currently low on their vest supply. It is currently taking 90 days for them to fulfill appeals. Any currently working police officers in the United States are eligible to ask for a vest.

Walgreens

The Walgreens Foundation supports emergency and disaster relief, including support for first responders. Only non-profit agencies are eligible to apply. Requests for funding should be under $10,000. Funding could be used for equipment needs or even infrastructure desires. Grants are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Community Facilities Program

This grant program from the United States Department of Agriculture is often talked about for important infrastructure needs in a community. In addition, the grant money can also be used to support equipment and vehicles. Police departments can apply to this program to purchase life-saving equipment, emergency vehicles as well as any infrastructure upgrades. Only communities of 20,000 people or less are eligible to apply. The amount of grant money a community is eligible for is based on the median household income. More information on the amount of grant money available is offered on the website. Applications are accepted at any time.


If you are interested in any of these grant opportunities, or want to find out if there are more grants that can help your organization, please contact us today. The first consultation with one of our expert Grant Helpers is always free.

 

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Two Public Safety Grant Programs Accepting Applications

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Wed, Jun 3, 2015 @ 17:06 PM

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) Grant Program and police-1The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program are now accepting applications. Both programs are supported by the U.S. Department of Justice. See below for details on both of the public safety grant opportunities. As always, we can help make your application stand out.

We have prevously highlighted the COPS Save our Schools (SOS) grant program, which at the time of heightened school security was a popular grant program to fund school resource officers. However, SOS has not been funded since 2011. The COPS program highlighted below will fund school resource officers so it is a viable alternative to the SOS grant.

 

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) Grant Program

Applications are now being accepted for the Fiscal Year 2015 COPS Hiring Program. This grant money can be used to hire or rehire entry-level career law enforcement officers. All state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies are eligible to apply. Applicants may apply for the number of officer positions equal to 5% of their actual sworn force strength, up to a maximum of 15 officers for agencies with a service population of less than 1 million, or 25 officers for agencies with a service population of 1 million or more. These grants will provide up to 75% of the approved entry level salaries and fringe benefits of full-time officers for a 36-month grant period with a minimum 25% local cash match requirement. All applicants will be asked to demonstrate how hiring or rehiring police officers will help solve a specific crime or problem area. Special consideration will be given to agencies who identify homicide/gun violence, homeland security problems, or building trust as a problem area. Agencies planning to hire School Resource Officers or hiring veterans will also be given higher consideration. Deadline for application is June 19. Grant award announcements will be made in September.

COPS funds several grant programs throughout the year. Check out our past blog about past programs, and check back here often for more grant announcements.

The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) 

There are actually two different grant programs under the JAG heading. The first is for local units of government. Any towns, cities, counties, villages, etc. can apply for this grant program. Additionally, a law enforcement agency or judicial enforcement district with authority to establish a budget and impose taxes is also eligible to apply. All applications for the local grant program are due June 26. Funding from this grant can be used to support a range of program areas including “law enforcement, prosecution and court programs, prevention and education programs, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, crime victim and witness initiatives, and planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs.” The priority areas for this grant are: reducing gun violence, body-worn cameras, recidivism reform, pretrial reform, justice system realignment, indigent defense, and mental health services. To have the best shot at funding, tailor your program and application toward one of these priority initiatives. Over 1,000 total local awards will be made. Local grants either total $25,000 or more and last four years, or they total less than $25,000 and are made for two years.

The second program is for states. These applications are due by June 30. Covered program areas are the same as under the local solicitation. However, the DOJ emphasizes that this grant funding should be used to support a statewide strategic plan. State grants are awarded on a statutory formula based on each state’s share of violent crime and population.

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TheGrantHelpers.com wants to help ensure your community is safe by creating the best public safety grant proposal for your organization. If any of the above grant opportunities interest you, please contact us for a free consultation. We can help guide you through any step of the grant process. Click here for a complete list of our services.

 

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Funding for At-Risk Youth--Three Major Areas Receiving the $$

Posted by Mary Ross on Tue, Feb 10, 2015 @ 12:02 PM

At Risk Youth resized 600Continuing in our series on special-interest groups, this blog addresses funding for at-risk youth programs. Many grants are aimed specifically at 1) educational programs, 2) community outreach programs, or 3) municipalities. In your search for funding opportunities, use keywords including these areas. And in your proposal, emphasize how your program addresses the area of greatest interest to the funding agency. Below are examples of grants for at-risk youth. Think of how your effort could fit into one of these areas to improve your successful funding of at-risk-youth programs.

Education Grants for At-Risk Youth

The education field is ripe with opportunities to help at-risk youth. The U.S. Government is particularly concerned with this area and offers several grants addressing youth behavior. Understanding what the government wants to fund, and tailoring your program accordingly, is an important step in securing one of these grants. 
  • The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention funds programs to reduce juvenile crimes and train people who are working with at-risk youth. Last year alone, more than 45 grants were issued totaling $262,604,665—a list of them is available on the website. Knowing what was funded can help in determining what will be funded in the future. The website also gives specific goals for young adolescents, teens, and communities for each grant. 
  • The Department of Health and Human Services funds the Adolescent Family Life_Demonstration Projects that are aimed specifically at aiding youth 17 and under who are unmarried and pregnant or parenting. This grant funds care services and pregnancy prevention programs. The website lays out very specific criteria that can aid in developing a proposal. 

Community Grants for At-Risk Youth

You may have noticed the ever-increasing push to get kids healthy by getting them involved. When it comes to grants for communities, both The U.S. Soccer Foundation and Build-A-Bear are ready with funding. 
  • The U.S. Soccer Foundation awards grants of up to $50,000 for communities looking to buy equipment and fund youth soccer programs. This foundation also provides grants of up to $60,000 for communities to create a “Safe Place to Play” by offering grants for lighting, turf, and irrigation systems. Grant application deadlines are February 6th for spring sports and June 5th for summer programs. Take advantage of the comprehensive information available on the website when planning your community’s program and application. 
  • The Build-A-Bear Workshop Foundation funds three different programs. One program, Bear Hugs, provides an average of $1,500 per grant, but can award as much as $5,000 to aid in “the areas of health and wellness such as childhood disease research foundations, child safety organizations, and organizations that serve children with special needs.” When applying for this grant, tell them exactly much money you need and how many children you can help—they like grant proposals that are specific and can show past success. Another Build-A-Bear program promotes literacy and education through “Paperback Pup” sales. This program supports organizations providing books for schools, libraries, and homes. (The third grant supports domestic pets.) Information about the 2015 grant deadlines is not yet on the website, so check frequently for new postings. 

Municipal Funding for At-Risk Youth

Municipalitieswishing to reach at-risk youth have additional grant opportunities. From designating school police officers to sponsoring community events, there is money available to help programs working for the betterment of all children.
  • In 2014, approximately $123 million was awarded to schools by the COPS program, in part to help put police officers in schools, according to cops.usdoj.gov. School resource officers are becoming the norm in American high schools, and grants are available to help make this a reality for your police department or school. The website lists yearly awards back through 2009; although the 2015 dates are not yet posted, keep an eye out for new information. TGH previously highlighted this grant in a May 22nd blog; this is one to keep an eye on. 
  • Through its Target and Blue program, the Target Corporation is working to build stronger communities. Each year Target awards grants for community events, public safety, and just general fun for all. Target boasts grants in all 50 states and works locally through its stores. More information on these opportunities can be found on its website or by visiting your local Target. 

Tips for Securing Grants:

  1. Understand what the grant program is looking to fund and tailor your proposal to show how you accomplish what’s important to them.
  2. Look at what has been funded in the past to better predict what will be funded in the future.
  3. Study the grant application and information; many will list specific criteria for funding.
  4. Have data available to support your organization’s past successes.
  5. Be specific in your request. Exactly what will you do? How much do you need to help how many people? 

Granting organizations want to help programs that will do the most good; building stronger children builds a stronger future. Tailoring your proposal for a specific program is not always as simple as it sounds. That’s where we can help. Contact TheGrantHelpers.com to see how we can work with you to create an application that attracts the funds you need.

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Grants for Public Safety

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Wed, Nov 12, 2014 @ 15:11 PM

There is often more than one organization responsible for providing public spublic safetyafety to a municipality. Fire departments, EMS, police departments, non-profit organizations, and emergency management agencies all work together to provide life-saving and critically important services to communities. All of these agencies, and others, require a budget allocation to provide these important public safety services. To help fund training, equipment purchases, and education related to public safety we have compiled a list of selected public safety grants.

FY2014 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG)

This FEMA grant program is the largest fire grant program in the United States with over $300 million available for funding this year. AFG awards financial support to fire departments, EMS organizations, and State Fire Training Academies (SFTAs). Three different public safety areas are eligible for consideration: operations and safety, vehicle acquisition, and joint/regional. The joint/regional category includes mass disaster training and partnerships between agencies. New this year is the requirement that vehicles purchased must be new, not used. Applications are due Friday, Dec. 5. An estimated 2,700 grants will be awarded this year.

National Rifle Association (NRA) Foundation

Police departments, safety organizations, and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for grants from the NRA Foundation. There are two grant categories. General grants must promote, advance, and encourage firearms and hunting safety, or they must educate people, especially youth, about firearms. For example, public safety organizations could use this grant to have a firearms education course for youth or adults. For police departments who operate their own shooting range, look at the Foundation’s Shooting Range Grants as well. These grants can be used for permanent improvements to facilities, including construction projects, road improvements, berm work, and even permanently installed trap machines. Deadlines vary by state fund committee. Check the website for specific deadlines.

Firehouse Subs Public Safety

We have written about this grant previously. With a Dec. 15 grant deadline it is worth bringing up again at this time. First responder and public safety organizations with Firehouse Subs locations in their service area are eligible for this program. Five areas are eligible for funding: life-saving equipment, prevention education, scholarships and continued education, support for military members, and disaster preparedness and disaster relief. If you miss the Dec. 15 deadline, applications are also accepted March 15, June 15, and Sept. 15.

Digital Voice Stress Analysis Grant Program

Law enforcement agencies in the United States can receive FREE Digital Voice Stress Analyzer software, a $10,000 value, from the manufacturer. One hundred grants are available. This software is a computerized voice analysis software for detection of deception and credibility assessment. Examiner training tuition ($1,500) and annual recertification ($300) are associated costs if you receive the free software.

National Firefighters Endowment Equipment Grant

Grants for $5000 - $6,000 are available from this endowment for purchase of fire department equipment. Eligible equipment includes turnout gear, personal escape kits, helmets, hand-held power lights, communication devices, telephones, personal alert safety systems, air packs, tanks, and more. Equipment must improve the ability to provide life-saving services or to protect the lives of firefighters. A unique component of this program is that to apply, fire departments must submit a video, rather than a written application, explaining their need. There is a rolling deadline for this program.

 

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Public Safety Grants

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Fri, Oct 4, 2013 @ 11:10 AM
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Both police and career firefighters are in the top 15 occupations for risk of fatal occupational injury, and the traumatic fatality rates are approximately three to four times higher than the average for all occupations, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The fatality rate for emergency medical services responders is about two and one-half times the rates for all occupations. These statistics show the vital importance of protective gear, necessary equipment, and safety tools for first responders. Grants are often needed to fund many of these integral tools. To assist in finding such grants, the Grant Helpers have compiled a list of potential grants for these public safety efforts. 

Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG)

This yearly grant, awarded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is designed to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations. These grants can be used to purchase equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources necessary to help emergency personnel do their jobs. The Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is currently under development, and according to FEMA’s website, the application period will likely open sometime in October. There were over 250 grants awarded through this fund in 2012. For example, last year Park Ridge Fire Department in Park Ridge, IL received a $16,470 grant to be used for training, and The New Canaan Fire Department in New Canaan, CT used a $93,808 AFG to purchase equipment.

Illinois FY14 Small Equipment Grant

In our home state of Illinois, the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal offers small equipment grants up to $26,000. This program provides grants to local units of government in Illinois for the purchase of small equipment by a fire department, fire protection district, or township fire department. Fire protection entities that are not governmental bodies are not eligible to apply for a grant under this program. The grant committee considers the three following criteria: priority, equipment need, and financial need. Applications are due Nov. 15, 2013. All Illinois fire chiefs should have received an application via email. The application is also available on the website linked above.

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Grants

Emergency service entities served by the Firehouse Subs chain of restaurants (see locations here http://locations.firehousesubs.com/locations?ref=head) are eligible to receive these grants awarded four times a year in March, June, September, and December. Program goals include:

  • Provision of emergency service entities with life-saving equipment

  • Provision of prevention and educational tools to the public about the importance of fire safety, emergency services, and natural disaster preparedness

  • Provision of financial resources to individuals pursuing a career in the public safety sector through scholarship programs

  • Provision of ground assistance during disasters by feeding victims and medical workers on the scene

Applications can be filled out online. Past recipients of the grants have used the funds to purchase a thermal imaging camera, extrication tools, Automated External Defibrillator (AED), radios, and firefighter turnout gear.

FEMA FY2013 Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program (PDM)

Grants up to $3 million are available to state, county, city, or township governments through this FEMA-sponsored program. The goal of the program is to reduce the overall risk to the population and structures from future hazardous events by helping grantees implement a pre-disaster natural hazard mitigation program. Over $23 million is available through this program in Fiscal Year 2013. The deadline for applications is Friday, Oct. 18.

State Farm Good Neighbor Citizenship® Company Grants

The national insurance company offers fire prevention and disaster preparedness grants to schools, government entities, charitable non-profit organizations, volunteer fire departments, and chambers of commerce. Grants range from $25,000-$100,000 per award. State Farm grant applications for 2014 funded requests will be available from Tuesday, September 3 through Thursday, October 31. The application can be found online.

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Our team of Grant Helper experts, including Municipality Specialist Rebecca Motley, can help throughout the entire grant process. We work hand in hand with you to help you find the funds you need. See our complete list of services to see how we can help you.

 

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