Tuesday, June 9, 2009

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Fire Department Funding

Editor's Note: This post is part of a TKT Roundtable: Fire Grants in 2009. Share your thoughts in the comments and check back to hear more from The Kitchen Table bloggers.

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My department, a small fire district in upstate New York, barely has the resources and manpower to operate on a day to day basis, much less take the time to develop an application for grant funding. What may seem to be "free money" requires considerable writing expertise, knowledge about the grants application process, soliciting bids and projects costs, and timely filing of required information. And it doesn't end there. The same volunteer labor pool that files the requisite applications must then administer the grant and assemble the necessary documentation for payment of awarded dollars.

Clearly these resources are available in larger departments and those with grant writing expertise. Some of the places where grant monies would be most beneficial are so mired in trying to keep their organizations afloat that they will be the last to apply.

Mike McEvoy
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2 comments:

  1. You are allowed 10% on a grant for administrative cost aka a Grant Writer. So if you need $100,000 a grant request for $110,000 is acceptable. Just goggle for a professional grant writer that works on commission so if you don't get the grant you're not out anything. Also, have you tried recruiting members of your community Fire Corps program? Or a lot of people are willing to be adjunct members of a department as long as they don't have to respond to incidents. Do you have a ladies auxillary? Approach them to run this project, I bet they'd rather do that than hold a bake sale. Another idea is to contact a local scout troop many older scouts (especially those working for eagle) need a service project. Getting the grant applied for is the real battle and usually administering it is a cake walk. Hope you find this helpful.

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  2. You are allowed 10% on a grant for administrative cost aka a Grant Writer. So if you need $100,000 a grant request for $110,000 is acceptable. Just goggle for a professional grant writer that works on commission so if you don't get the grant you're not out anything. Also, have you tried recruiting members of your community Fire Corps program? Or a lot of people are willing to be adjunct members of a department as long as they don't have to respond to incidents. Do you have a ladies auxillary? Approach them to run this project, I bet they'd rather do that than hold a bake sale. Another idea is to contact a local scout troop many older scouts (especially those working for eagle) need a service project. Getting the grant applied for is the real battle and usually administering it is a cake walk. Hope you find this helpful.

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