A. There are a handful of grants specifically aimed at fire departments and many more that fire departments can apply for. Here’s a few of the most popular specifically for fire purposes. Look further through the FAQs for others.
The purpose of the Fire Department Assistance Grant program is to provide technical and financial assistance to the fire departments of Utah to improve their ability to safely and effectively provide fire protection and manage hazardous material incidents. Its primary objective is to assist communities in organizing, training and equipping fire departments.
FEMA administers three current fire-specific grants: The Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) primarily funds apparatus, training and equipment for FDs and EMS. Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) funds employment of firefighters and also supports recruitment and retention of volunteers including incentives that may include cash payments. Fire Prevention and Safety Grants (FP&S) can fund code enforcement, public education and arson programs.
FEMA has numerous other grants that fire organizations may be eligible for. Mostly these are tied to State homeland security and emergency management programs. Your best bet is to talk to your regional emergency manager about current opportunities. http://www.fema.gov/government/grant/index.shtm
A. The rejection letter has some information about why you lost out but these are often vague. An early rejection means you probably made a mistake in filling out the forms and did not make the electronic screening. A later rejection means you didn’t score well enough with the peer review panels. The most common reason grants are rejected is that key points have been missed in the grant narrative. Every funder has specific elements that they are looking for in an application. These are found in guidance documents that the funders publish. Review those guidelines and compare to what you wrote. There is probably a gap between what they’re asking for and what you submitted. Government grant applications are scored by very defined criteria and you have to score near the top to get funded.
To learn the art of grant writing you should probably take a class. At the very least, if a grant has an on-line tutorial, do it!
A. UFRA occasionally offers grant writing classes at fire schools. You may contact your training program manager to schedule one for your area or e-mail email@example.com.
Some time ago I attended a 2 day seminar sponsored by Unified Fire Authority and done by a private company called Grant Writing USA and while we don’t normally endorse private offerings, their course was excellent and well worth the money. Their website is: http://GrantWritingUSA.com.
There are numerous other sources out there for training. Another source is the Utah Non-Profits Assn. http://www.utahnonprofits.org/ Your community or association may already be a member of UNA.
A. All Federal grants require that the applicant organization has a DUNS number to apply. This is a unique nine-digit number issued by Dunn & Bradstreet. You local government probably already has one. Go to http://www.dnb.com/get-a-duns-number.html to get one or find your number.
A. Two good sources in Utah are:
A. There are a lot of good websites out there with grant information. Here’s some links that will be helpful. UFRA updates this section when we find out about others, so if you find one we don’t have, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grant and Funding Information:
A. In Utah, it could hardly be easier. These grants and the UFRA Grant have a combined application that is administered by Utah Forestry, Fire & State Lands as the Utah Fire Department Assistance Grant Program. Go to: http://www.firegrantshelp.com/search-grants/758259-utah-fire-department-assistance-grant/
A. Utah has been a bit below the national average for the number and percentage of grants. This is partly because fewer Utah departments have applied. Here’s a table of successful Utah applicants as of 10/15/10.
|Elmo Fire Department||Elmo, UT||Operations and Safety||$60,895.00||Equipment ($24,100); Personal Protective Equipment ($32,000)||1/29/2010 - Round 1|
|Hurricane Fire & Rescue||Hurricane, UT||Operations and Safety||$70,200.00||Personal Protective Equipment ($73,894)||1/29/2010 - Round 1|
|North Fork Fire Department||Provo, UT||Operations and Safety||$51,258.00||Equipment ($48,355)||1/29/2010 - Round 1|
|Oak City Volunteer Fire Department||Oak City, UT||Operations and Safety||$8,550.00||Equipment ($9,000)||1/29/2010 - Round 1|
|Roy Fire and Rescue Dept.||Roy, UT||Operations and Safety||$43,884.00||N/A||1/29/2010 - Round 1|
|Garland Fire Department||Garland, UT||Operations and Safety||$103,530.00||Equipment ($49,800); Personal Protective Equipment ($55,929)||2/5/2010 - Round 2|
|Ogden City Fire Dept.||Ogden, UT||Operations and Safety||$677,264.00||Equipment ($846,579)||2/5/2010 - Round 2|
|Price City Fire Department||Price, UT||Operations and Safety||$17,100.00||Equipment ($18,000)||2/5/2010 - Round 2|
|Provo Fire & Rescue||Provo, UT||Operations and Safety||$132,934.00||Equipment ($166,167)||2/5/2010 - Round 2|
|Richmond Fire & Rescue||Richmond, UT||Operations and Safety||$14,560.00||Equipment ($8,076); Personal Protective Equipment ($2,950)||2/5/2010 - Round 2|
|Cache County Fire District||Logan, UT||Operations and Safety||$280,989.00||Equipment ($312,210)||2/19/2010 - Round 4|
|Nephi Fire Department||Nephi, UT||Operations and Safety||$39,519.00||Equipment ($41,598)||2/19/2010 - Round 4|
|Sunnyside City Fire Dept.||Sunnyside, UT||Operations and Safety||$29,034.00||Equipment ($1,698); Personal Protective Equipment ($28,864)||3/5/2010 - Round 5|
|Clinton City Fire Dept.||Clinton, UT||Operations and Safety||$349,751.00||Equipment ($434,308)||3/12/2010 - Round 6|
|Panguitch City Fire Dept.||Panguitch, UT||Operations and Safety||$12,398.00||N/A||3/12/2010 - Round 6|
|Clarkston Fire and Rescue Department||Clarkston, UT||Operations and Safety||$33,390.00||Equipment ($4,858); Personal Protective Equipment ($30,289)||4/16/2010 - Round 11|
|Salt Lake City Fire Dept.||Salt Lake City, UT||Operations and Safety||$133,000.00||Modify Facilities ($166,250)||4/16/2010 - Round 11|
|Fielding Fire Department||Fielding, UT||Operations and Safety||$37,136.00||Personal Protective Equipment ($35,190); Training ($3,900)||4/30/2010 - Round 13|
|Uintah Fire Department||Uintah, UT||Operations and Safety||$32,085.00||Equipment ($27,643); Training ($6,130)||4/30/2010 - Round 13|
|So Summit Fire Protection Dist.||Oakley, UT||Vehicle Acquisition||$168,249.00||Vehicle Acquisition ($176,934)||5/14/2010 - Round 15|