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Giving Thanks for Grants

Mon, Nov 25, 2013 @ 20:11 PM / by Michelle Hansen

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We at have plenty to be thankful for this Thanksgiving – health, family, friends, and the ability to help our clients find grants that in the end result in projects and programs that can positively affect large numbers of people. Our clients and other grantees have plenty to be grateful for this holiday season. Below are just a few examples of the beneficial projects that can occur after receiving a grant – some that we’ve helped with as well as some others. They are all certainly something to be thankful for.

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An organization focused on assisting senior citizens in Illinois received over $750,000 from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Comprehensive Geriatric Education Program (CGEP), issued by the Department of Health and Human Services, to enable them to offer seminars on elderly care giving to professionals in rural areas of Illinois. Without the grant, rural participants would have to travel prohibitive distances to the workshops, essentially making them unavailable. The Grant Helpers had primary responsibility for this grant.


The helped the City of Boston receive a $400,000 grant from the Federal Transit Administration to prototype a live video feed and train locator system in part of their subway, some of which is inaccessible to the Internet since it’s underground. During testing, they used the system to remotely read the license plate on an automobile with smoke coming from it, and take remedial action.


A rural school district (one of our clients) in the Southeast recently received a $240,000 U.S. Department of Justice grant to equip their school buses with video cameras.  While preparing the grant, conducted a survey of teachers, students, and parents, and identified some problems with certain bus drivers so the school could address them.


Eight entities received Enterprise Green Communities this year, a grant we showcased earlier in our blog. The grants allowed a Cleveland-based housing organization to plan a bike and pedestrian friendly housing development. A Seattle housing organization used the grant money to implement a community-supported ecodistrict anchored by affordable housing. An Austin, Texas-based organization launched an interactive “healthy lifestyle, healthy eating” series for residents. This is a perfect example of grants helping a wide variety of people in several different ways.


Over one hundred fire departments and fire districts were awarded Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency in 2012. These grants were used to purchase personal protective equipment for firefighters, provide necessary training opportunities, and even help modify facilities. The Kingsland Volunteer Fire Department in Kingsland, Ark., which has 32 volunteers, 23 career medical/firefighters, and 12 part-time medical/firefighters, used its $58,600 grant to purchase personal protective equipment for the staff. The Kingsland Volunteer Fire Department, and the entire community, can be thankful for this possible life-saving equipment.


The Dominion Foundation, which was featured in a previous blog, has awarded educational grants to 88 K-12 schools and institutions for the 2013-14 school year. In North Carolina, Manteo High School was awarded $1,000 for their “Boost Our Buoy project.” The funds will convert the existing buoy to solar power and radio transmission in order to continuously transmit local water and air quality data.

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