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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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U.S. Department of Justice Grant Opportunities

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 @ 10:03 AM

11049360306_d592c79c3d_q.jpgWe are waiting patiently for the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grant application window to open. The package of four grant programs includes the COPS Hiring Program (CHP), the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) largest and most popular grant program. CHP funds the hiring and rehiring of entry-level career law enforcement officers, including school resource officers. The other three COPS grant programs include: Community Policing Development, Anti-Heroin Task Force, and Anti-Methamphetamine Task Force. At this time last year, the deadline for 2016 had already been announced. We are continually checking on the status of the program so check back to this blog often to find out when this prevalent program opens up.

Until that time, there are several other DOJ grant programs currently accepting applications. Here are the details and deadlines on some of them.

Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program

This grant program seeks to increase public safety by facilitating collaboration among the criminal justice, mental health, and substance abuse treatment systems.  The intent is to increase access to mental health and other treatment services for individuals with mental illnesses or co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders.  Eligible applicants include states, local governments, and federally-recognized tribal governments. However, proposals must demonstrate that the proposed project will be administered jointly by an agency with responsibility for criminal or juvenile justice activities and a mental health agency. Applications are due by April 4.

Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-Based Program

The goal of this program to plan, develop, and implement comprehensive diversion and alternatives to incarceration programs that expand outreach, treatment, and recovery efforts to individuals impacted by the opioid epidemic who come into contact with justice system. There are six different categories in this DOJ program. See below for eligibility and grant amounts. Specifics on each category can be found on the website. Two or more entities can apply for the grant together. Applications are due April 25.

  1. Overdose Outreach Projects: Local governments and Indian tribes can apply to this program with a maximum grant award of $300,000.
  2. Technology-Assisted Treatment Projects: State agencies are eligible to apply. This includes state administrative offices, state criminal justice agencies, and other state agencies involved with the provision of substance use disorder services to justice-involved individuals. The maximum grant is $750,000.
  3. System-level Diversion and Alternatives to Incarceration Projects: Local governments and Indian tribes can apply to this program that has a grant ceiling of $400,000.
  4. Statewide Planning, Coordination, and Implementation Projects: Applicants are limited to the State Administering Agency (SAA) responsible for directing criminal justice planning or the State Alcohol and Substance Abuse Agency. The maximum grant is $850,000.
  5. Harold Rogers Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) Implementation and Enhancement Projects: Applicants are limited to state governments that have a pending or enacted enabling statute or regulation requiring the submission of controlled substance prescription data to an authorized state agency. The grant award is no greater than $400,000.
  6. Data-driven Responses to Prescription Drug Misuse: Applicants are limited to state agencies and units of local government located in states with existing and operational prescription drug monitoring programs. State agencies may be awarded $1 million and local government have a ceiling of $600,000.

Training and Technical Assistance to Support the Protection of Constitutional Rights Under the Sixth Amendment

The Sixth Amendment gives defendants in criminal trials several different rights, including the right to counsel. The DOJ believes the right to counsel in juvenile and misdemeanor cases has yet to be fully realized. The purpose of this training and technical assistance program is to ensure states and local governments are provided with the tools to meet the obligation of the Sixth Amendment. The grant provides research-based, data-driven information and resources. The deadline is May 16.


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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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COPS Hiring Program Now Open

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Wed, May 4, 2016 @ 10:05 AM

The U.S. Department of Justice’s largest Community Oriented Policing Servic3954363946_7091cd0daa_q2.jpges program is now accepting applications. The COPS Hiring Program (CHP) funds the hiring and rehiring of entry-level career law enforcement officers. Career law enforcement officers are those that are hired on a permanent basis for their jurisdiction. Correctional or jail offers are not eligible to be hired through this grant program. However, School Resource Officers are eligible to be hired by funds from this grant.

This program is extremely competitive and open to all state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies with primary law enforcement authority. Grants are due June 23.

The goal of this program is to preserve jobs, increase community policing capacity, and support crime prevention efforts. Grants may be used in the following capacity:

  • Hire new police officers, including filling vacancies that are no longer funded by the organization’s budget.
  • Rehire police officers that have been laid off as a result of budget restrictions.
  • Rehire police officers that are scheduled to be laid off by a specific future date.

Highlights for this year’s COPS Hiring Program:

  • Funds the number of officer positions equal to 5% of actual sworn force strength (up to a maximum of 15 officers for agencies with a service population of less than 1 million, or up to a maximum of 25 officers for agencies with a service population of over 1 million).
  • Provides 75% of the approved entry-level salaries and fringe benefits of each newly hired and/or rehired full-time officer, up to $125,000 per officer position, over the three year (36 month) grant period.
  • Requires you to identify a specific crime and disorder problem/focus area and to explain how CHP funding will be used to implement community policing approaches to mitigate that problem/focus area.
  • Requires applicants to choose a community policing problem or focus area for additional funding consideration.  Choices are “Homicide/Gun Violence,” “School Based Policing through School Resource Officers,” “Building Trust,” and “Homeland Security.”

This is just one of the many COPS grant programs. Check out our past blog on the other COPS grants that are open for application now.


COPS grant programs are extremely competitive. With our expertise we can help you put the best proposal forward. Contact us today to get started.

 

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Federal Grant Funding for Public Safety in Fiscal Year 2016

Posted by Tammi Hughes on Thu, Feb 25, 2016 @ 09:02 AM

Federal grant funding for law enforcement and public safety agencies for fiscal year 2016 3954363946_7091cd0daa_q1.jpghas been announced as The Federal Appropriations Committees recently passed the Omnibus Appropriations Bill. This bill authorizes the funding for federal grants through the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). Eligible applicants for the various grant programs range from states to local police departments to non-profit public safety organizations.

Below is a peek at some of the programs that will be funded. The details of these grants along with application and deadline dates will be posted throughout the year at the Office of Justice Program website.


  Insider Tip: Many additional BJA grants are available only through a State Administrative Agency (SAA). Contact your SAA to learn of additional opportunities, and to coordinate on open solicitations.  

State and Local Programs 

  • $2.5 billion for various state and local grant programs, which is $174 million above the fiscal year 2015 enacted level.
  • Highlight: $476 million for Byrne Justice Assistance Grants (JAG). JAG is the leading source of federal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions. This appropriation is more than double the funding that was slated for last fiscal year.
  • $70 million for programs to improve police-community relations, including the purchase of body-worn cameras for police.

Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)

  • $7 million to fund anti-heroin task forces within the COPS program. Competitive grants will be awarded for drug enforcement, including investigations and activities related to stopping the distribution of heroin, or unlawful diversion and distribution of prescription opioids.
  • The major COPS grant programs usually solicit applications in September.

Violence Against Women 

  • This category received the highest funding level ever at $480 million. These grants are provided by the Office on Violence Against Women.
  • There are multiple competitive as well as formula grant programs that support training for police officers, rape prevention programs, domestic violence hotlines, women’s shelters, and more.
  • The Office on Violence Against Women currently has several open solicitations for grant applications.
  • Current opportunity: Applications are currently being accepted for the Outreach and Services to Underserved Populations grant program. This program aims to fund non-profit organizations that develop and implement outreach strategies targeted at, and provide victim services to, adult and youth victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking in underserved populations. Applications are due March 9.

Gun Violence

  • $15 million to train local police how to respond to active shooter situations so police and bystanders can get safely out of the way when the unthinkable happens.
  • $75 million for comprehensive school safety which will allow communities to conduct school safety assessments and fill gaps in school safety plans.
  • Current Opportunity: Project Safe Neighborhoods is designed to create safer neighborhoods through a sustained reduction in gang violence and gun crime. Eligible applicants include states, units of local government, educational institutions, faith-based and other community organizations, private nonprofit organizations, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments. Applications are due May 17.


These are just a few of the federal grant opportunities available to law enforcement and public safety organizations. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook and read our weekly blog to stay up to date on all of the current grant opportunities. We track all of the upcoming grant opportunities so you don’t have to. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation with one of our expert Grant Helpers.

 

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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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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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