[REACT-LIST] Grants for Your Team?

Paul - W4ATN Paul at W4ATN.com
Fri Jan 9 01:47:45 EST 2015


Ron,

 

Robbie & Ron - Good Stuff

 

Great advice and recommendation on the book. Also, all of the grants will
want to know what you have accomplished, the number of hours and how you
spend your money (budgets). Keep a running account of the details of what
you do and the number of volunteer hours. Usually a grant will be for a
specific purpose and "general operations" usually won't work. Be specific as
possible when requesting a grant such as buying or replacing a repeater,
maintenance of radios, purchasing a "Gator", etc. They will also want to
know how the grant will help your served population.

As Ron mentions, start small and seek GRANTS. If you're going to ask a
business owner for a donation of $100 instead ask for a GRANT of $100 in
writing. This will provide a history of applying for and receiving GRANTS.
This is something some grantors look for.

Match your grant request to grantors that are willing to make that type of
grant. Grantors are usually looking for applications for a specific usage.
Most grantors ask for an account of how, where and when the grant was used.
Provide this information and keep really good records as some grantors may
request a refund of the grant if it isn't used as indicated in the grant
request. 

My wife works at a local public library and helps to coordinate the "grant
center" where local organizations can search for grantors. As Ron mentioned,
your local library is a good resource and you may have a local or regional
library that has a "grant research center". 

Just as an aside - I have not seen grants given for uniforms however PPE
(personal protection equipment) is a different matter. ANSI level 3 vest,
safety gloves, goggles, helmets, turnout gear are some items that may be
covered by grants. Don't forget to ask your local government for grants. One
of our local CERTs gets between $3,000 - $5,000 per year from the OEM
Emergency Services Grant. This grant has been traditionally used to purchase
PPE as listed above including Level 3 raingear, level 3 Parkas, job shirts
(which are considered cold weather protection, not uniforms). Sometimes it
comes down to how the grant is worded.

 

Paul

 

 

From: REACT-LIST [mailto:react-list-bounces at lists.reactintl.net] On Behalf
Of Ron McCracken
Sent: Thursday, January 08, 2015 10:29 AM
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Subject: [REACT-LIST] Grants for Your Team?

 

Region 9 Director Robbie posted a recommended book about ham radio on
Facebook that you might want to check out.

Grants are something else that have long interested Teams. Some have sought
and received grants. A new book that can help if your Team is keen is Grant
Writing for Dummies. I picked up a copy at the library so you need not buy
it unless you wish to.

It is worth a look even if you have had success before. You are likely
familiar with the format that makes it easy to use. The 'Tips' and
'Warnings' right in the margins are worth their weight in gold. They can
save you a lot of grief and wasted hard work. Checking those alone is very
worthwhile regardless of how experienced you are. Things change, so you must
keep up. Reminders of the basics are well worthwhile too.

Start small is my advice. Local service clubs or other community
organizations exist in part to help other groups like your Team succeed and
prosper. Our Team has had several grants from the Lions, Optimists, etc.
That may be as far as your Team needs to look. Meanwhile, there is nothing
like success to encourage you as you tackle grants from farther afield if
you need more funding than local groups can offer.

Safety and Education are the focuses of REACT Teams so check those
categories when seeking potential grantors. Your library will have
directories to help you. Some grantors limit their gifts to  specific
states/provinces, so look for those first. Ask only for what your Team
absolutely needs and you will enhance your likelihood of success.

Grant Writing for Dummies will help just about anyone who is seeking a grant
for his Team. Give it a close look before you begin. It and other tools can
make a big difference and help your Team win its grant request. 

If your Team has had success with grant requests, please share your stories
and tips here to encourage others. Best wishes.

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