grant-writingAfter attending this class, participants will understand how to find, apply for and win public safety grants. This interactive and comprehensive grant writing training was developed specifically for First Responders and Emergency Services Providers.

Participants will learn the skills needed to properly research, develop and apply to grant funding streams specific to Public Safety, Emergency Management and Homeland Defense. Prior students maintain a documented +80% success rate at winning a grant award after attending this grant writing training, many on their very first application.

More information:

  • The instructors are Kurt Bradley and Margaret Stark, Certified Grant Consultants who have also served as public safety employees and administrators. Since 2004, they have helped over 3,000 agencies win over $900,000,000 in grant funding.
  • The course is taught in a style and manner that is easily understood by the agency or public safety professional, from administrators to line officers.
  • Students will learn how to comprehensively read and understand exactly what a funding source must see in order to award a grant to their agency.
  • Participants will be taught how to form the nexus between their need and the funding source's priorities so that their applications are approved.
  • The course focuses on identifying how to present your need and program to the "grant review panel" in a manner which removes the negative factors that typically result in a rejection notice.
  • The student will leave the seminar with the knowledge to research and identify grant funding opportunities, read and comprehend RFPs and Program Guidance documents, and organize and write the critical sections of the application.
  • Laptops are encouraged.
  • Course length: 2 days.

What will I learn?

This course covers the skills and strategies essential to any grant writing process but with heavy emphasis on First Responder grant programs specifically. It will give you the basics you need to successfully compete for funding streams available from corporate, nonprofit or governmental entities. Specific emphasis is placed on researching and writing grants associated with Criminal Justice, DHS and those associated with the First Responder community. You will learn how to:

  • Translate "Federal-ese" into plain English
  • Comprehend Program Guidance and RFP Documents to Discern Eligibility, Program and Funding Priorities, Rules and Regulations
  • Identify Resources to Research Grant and Funding Opportunities
  • Use Critical Thinking Skills for Problem Solving
  • Initiate and Implement Proper Grant Strategy into Your Agency
  • Express Need and Justify Your Proposals
  • "Give Them What They Want", In Order To "Get What You Need"
  • Conduct a Proper Needs Assessment for Your Agency
  • Start Thinking Outside the Box!

Topics covered

  • Preparatory steps to apply for grants
  • Types of grants
  • Determining eligibility and suitability of funding opportunity
  • The politics of grants
  • Performance measures
  • Forming grant writing teams
  • Reviewing grant writing formats
  • Describing your organization
  • Developing a compelling problem statement
  • Writing a program approach
  • Showing financial need
  • Describing cost benefit
  • Planning the evaluation process
  • Demonstrating sustainability
  • Planning the budget
  • 10 most common reasons grant applications are rejected
  • Alternative funding methods

Who should attend

  • Any first responder or emergency services providers with interests in accessing grant funding streams
  • Regional, state and local public safety and emergency management employees
  • Grant Writers interested in updating skills for applying to public safety specific grants
  • Both novice and seasoned grant writers that wish to increase their rate of funding success with DHS and other federal grant programs
  • City managers/ local governing board members seeking a better understanding of the current arena of grant funding available to their public safety departments


"Just FYI we were awarded the grant for the new livescan fingerprint machine and KLER records management interface. Whenever I can work it into my schedule I will be attending some more training with you. Let's see we are up to:

  • $321,999, ARRA Funding
  • $50,000, 911 Grant
  • $14,000, Polaris Ranger
  • $23,000, KS JAG Funding
  • $1,200, Local Kiwanis Funding

That's $410,199 so far. We have about $4,000 invested in training and assistance through you... that's about id="mce_marker"00,000 for every id="mce_marker",000 invested.

Thanks for you help."

Undersheriff Mickey Gruber
Brown County Sheriff, Kansas

Case Study

EMS Agency Awarded $191,849 Operations & Safety Grant in 1st Round FY 2011 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program

First Responder Grants Consultant Kurt Bradley worked with Whatcom County, Washington, on a regional EMS equipment standardization grant that was one of the first of its kind in the U.S. Now the county can replace obsolete ambulance cots, reduce injury risk to crew and patients, and preserve budget resources.

Whatcom County is primarily rural in nature and located 100 miles north of Seattle, in the northwest corner of Washington State. 201,140 residents live within 2,120 sq. miles, with a huge daily transient population due to the border with British Columbia, Canada, and tourism within the County.

Agencies respond to more than 14,433 calls per year involving EMS. Through a recent needs assessment, the County identified the need to replace old, obsolete ambulance cots used in 60 ambulances. Transport distances of over 75 miles are not uncommon, and the County's patient delivery system often relays and transfers patients from one unit to another. In the interest of patient safety and expediency, cots are frequently exchanged between units and as such, they needed to be standardized and replaced with new units.

"We thought it was a shot in the dark to apply for a regional grant for replacement gurneys for Whatcom County's EMS system, but important enough to put in the time and effort to apply," says Fire Chief Duncan McLane, Whatcom County Fire District #11, Lummi Island, WA. "Kurt Bradley gave us the opportunity to have him proof our application prior to submission. His changes seemed to be the catalyst which solidified the application. To our amazement and delight, we were notified in the first round of our award."

Whatcom County will now be able to procure 60 new stretchers that comply with current requirements and safety regulations. Whatcom's AFG award of $191,849 sets off most of the total project cost of $239,811, and the County will cover the balance.