Wishes Granted!

The key to successful grant writing is understanding the problem and telling a story about the applicant. It’s being able to identify and portray the needs of the organization in a way that demonstrates the negative consequences if the solution is not funded.

Here are some successful grant applications I’ve helped write. Let me write one for you:

$498,800 - The motherload: Wrote the grant award winning narrative for the Erie County Fire Chiefs Mutual Aid Organization to execute a large scale multi-media recruitment campaign in cooperation with the Erie County Division of Fire Safety. Includes $70k a year in scholarships for existing firefighters and new recruits.

$137,500Jumped in at the last minute to help the Albion Volunteer Fire Department secure a SAFER grant for recruiting and retaining firefighters. Their first focus is going to be on recruiting Support Team members to provide non-emergency assistance to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of their existing firefighters and EMS personnel.

$1,000,000 – Wrote narrative that helped eight (8) local fire departments secure grant awards for interoperable communications systems as member agencies of a communications coalition in Erie County

$48,800 – FEMA SAFER-Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grant for recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters to cover marketing efforts, tuition scholarships, training reimbursements and supplemental disability insurance for Evans Center Volunteer Fire Company

$100,000 – FEMA Fire Act Grant for new state-of-the-art Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) for Evans Center Volunteer Fire Company

$27,000 – FEMA Fire Act Grant for AEDs-Automatic External Defibrillators for Evans Center Volunteer Fire Company

$12,000 – NYS Assembly Grant for Traffic Incident Management Trailer and associated equipment for Evans Center Volunteer Fire Company

$275,000 – Department of Homeland Security SAFER Grant to cover advertising campaign, tuition scholarships and training reimbursements to recruit and retain volunteer firefighters for the Doyle Hose Co. #1 Volunteer Fire Company

$10,000 – Department of Homeland Security CEDAP-Commercial Equipment Direct Assistance Program grant for thermal imager and associated training for Evans Center Volunteer Fire Company

$6,000 – New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) grant for equipment associated with wildland/urban interface firefighting for Evans Center Volunteer Fire Company

TOTAL = $2,066,300 as of 06/01/09

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