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Meeting Eligibility: Public Safety Grants Consulting

  • Eligible activities change.
  • Activities that may not have been funded in previous years may be allowed this year. Review your past unsuccessful grants to see if those activities may now be eligible.
  • Grant funding can be used for some administrative costs,
  • depending on the grant and its rules of use. You may be able to use the grant to cover costs of administering the grant, or in some cases even the costs of applying for the grant (eg, the cost of a grant writer).
  • Deadlines show no mercy.
  • If your application is not in by the deadline, it's not being considered, period. Beat the calendar, with the calendar: if a grant application deadline is March 31, write it down as March 24 or March 17. Set an earlier "personal deadline" to give yourself some buffer time and cut down the chances of a last-minute rush, or worse, missing the deadline – and your department's shot at that funding.
  • Does your department have a DUNS number?
  • If not, stop reading and get a DUNS number now: As of Oct. 1, 2003, all Federal grantees MUST obtain a DUNS number, (a unique nine-character identification number provided by the commercial company Dun & Bradstreet). The Federal government uses the DUNS number to better identify related organizations that are receiving funding under grants and cooperative agreements, and to provide consistent name and address data for electronic grant applications. Additional information about DUNS numbers can be found on the Dun & Bradstreet web site. You can also apply by phone: (800) 333-0505. Apply well in advance of application periods because it may take 2 weeks or more to obtain the number.
  • "Should" or "Shall" = "MUST".
  • Whenever you see the words "should" or "shall" in a grant application, interpret that word as being "MUST".
  • If you're trying to set up a training program, set your goals high.
  • Instructor-led, hands-on training programs that lead to a national certification can give your application higher scores in these areas. Speaking of training...
  • You can't train to use the equipment without having the equipment. Training programs often focus on the use of new technology and equipment... But you can't train to use the equipment without having the equipment. Request it in your grant as part of the training props and aids needed to put on the classes. Not only will you be able to train your officers, when you have finished the training, which satisfied your grant goals, the equipment is yours to use as you please. And while you're training your own officers for free...
  • Grant reviewers encourage – and reward – interagency cooperation. Coordinate with other area agencies to train their officers. Not only will more officers be proficient with the equipment, but noting this cooperation on your grant application will up your award odds.
  • Will it meet standards?
  • If the grant guidelines talk about meeting a standard, then make sure in your narrative that you quote that the equipment, training, etc., will meet the standard.
  • Drive home a different equipment focus.
  • Vehicles are the most frequently requested grant item. Keep this in mind in deciding your program priorities. Learn to shift funding from other programs, towards vehicles and fund those programs through grants, instead of relying on grants for this apparatus.

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