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2012 Guide to Grants—10 Tips for Getting More Grants

1.    Learn as much as possible about each program to which you intend to apply. 2.    Involve others in your project but be judicious; have a purpose for their involvement. 3.    Customize each proposal to the requirements of the funder. 4.    Include only support letters that demonstrate a real commitment on the part of the… Keep Reading

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The 2012 Homeland Security Grant Programs

The estimated funding amounts contained in this report are based on the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012 and the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012, in combination with the fiscal year (FY) 2011 funding amounts as an additional reference where appropriate. Deadlines contained in this report are forecasts and are subject to change.*The amounts in… Keep Reading

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2012 Guide to Grants—Top Online Grant Research Resources

FEMA The DHS/FEMA Grants page provides descriptions of the top DHS grant programs, along with the latest versions of the application guidance. Guidance documents from prior years’ grant programs can often be helpful in preparing for an application the following year, and the guidance documents also provide contact information at DHS for the individuals managing… Keep Reading

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2012 Guide to Grants—Technology-Friendly Homeland Security Funding

Homeland security agencies of every sort often seek funds to leverage the potential of technology to facilitate communication, streamline procedures, enhance situational awareness, extend monitoring capabilities and aggregate, process and share data. Indeed, technology has greatly expanded the capabilities of first responders across the country, and emerging solutions hold the potential to do even more.… Keep Reading

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2012 Guide to Grants—Planning and Executing a Grantseeking Strategy

Especially for those who haven’t done it before, developing grant funding can seem like an unappealingly complex task with little promise of success. In fact, there is a large number of funding sources—26 federal grantmaking agencies, hundreds of state agencies and tens of thousands of foundations, each with its own application process, timing, funding amounts… Keep Reading

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2012 Guide to Grants—Navigating a Changing Landscape

At all levels of government, homeland security funding has been affected by cuts that threaten to reverse 10 years of expanded support for the nation’s readiness. Congressional budget wrangling and public support for reducing government spending will take their toll on funding across all sectors, including homeland security. All this belt tightening, though, may enable… Keep Reading

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The 2011 Homeland Security Grant Programs

All quotations are from federally issued program guidance documents. Though the deadlines for some programs may have passed, next year’s deadlines for the same programs should fall in the same time frame and have been forecasted accordingly. State Homeland Security Program (SHSP)Funding Agency: Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)Forecasted Deadline: 4/19/2011Total… Keep Reading

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2011 Guide to Grants—New Direction from the Preparedness Task Force

One of the early victories the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) achieved relative to homeland security funding was the development and release of the Authorized Equipment List (AEL), which described what could be purchased with DHS funding. DHS also clarified which programs funded what by publishing a crosswalk of programs with the AEL on the… Keep Reading

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2011 Guide to Grants—Beyond UASI: Serving rural and suburban communities

The 64 high-threat, high-density urban areas identified to participate in the 2010 Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) program seem to be more favored than other communities when it comes to obtaining funding for homeland security initiatives. In fact, the UASI areas share more than just an $832 million carve-out of the Homeland Security Grants program.… Keep Reading

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2011 Guide to Grants—Grants acronyms

AFG—Assistance to Firefighters GrantsAEL—Authorized Equipment ListASPR—HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and ResponseBAA—Broad agency announcementBTCDP—Bioterrorism Training and Curriculum Development ProgramBZPP—Buffer Zone Protection ProgramCBP — Customs and Border ProtectionCBRNE—Chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosiveCCP — Citizen Corps Program CCR—Central Contractor RegistrationCDC — Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CEDAP— Commercial Equipment Direct Assistance ProgramCFP — Call for… Keep Reading

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2011 Guideto Grants—Grants Office’s 10 Tips for Getting More Grants

Learn as much as possible about each program to which you intend to apply. Involve others in your project, but be judicious; have a purpose for their involvement. Customize each proposal to the requirements of the funder. Include only support letters that demonstrate a real commitment on the part of the sender. Get reviewers’ comments… Keep Reading

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2011 Guide to Grants—Rural Funding Resources

First responders in rural areas face special challenges in developing and funding their homeland security initiatives. Fortunately, there are a number of resources specifically dedicated to helping rural areas move their projects forward. US Department of Agriculture (USDA) – usda.gov The USDA is a primary resource for all things rural. The agency provides funding for… Keep Reading

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2011 Guide to Grants—5 Top grant research resources for the homeland security professional

FEMAwww.fema.gov/grants The FEMA grants page provides descriptions of the top DHS grant programs, along with the latest versions of the application guidance. Guidance documents from prior years’ grant programs can often be helpful in preparing for an application the following year, and the guidance documents also provide contact information at DHS for the individuals managing… Keep Reading

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2011 Guide to Grants—Grants Glossary

Abstract: A brief summary of the proposed project, frequently limited to one page.  Abstracts should give a brief description of the applicant, should clearly state the goal or purpose to be supported by the grant and provide a statement of need. Also known as a Project Summary or Executive Summary. Audit: A formal review of… Keep Reading

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2011 Guide to Grants—Making the most of 2011 homeland security funding

The outlook on funding for 2011 is influenced as much by the fact that homeland security has been overshadowed by new policy initiatives in energy, healthcare and information infrastructure as by the evolving range of threats from around the world and within the country. Changes in program funding and amounts are minimal for the most… Keep Reading

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2009 Guide to Grants—Pass-through vs. Direct funding

Direct funding bypasses any interim step and provides funding to the recipient in a contract between the federal funder and the state local recipient end-user; for example, the Assistance to Firefighters Grants. Pass-through funding passes from the federal agency to the states, usually with a requirement that the states redistribute at least a set portion… Keep Reading

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2009 Guide to Grants—5 Top grant research resources for the homeland security professional

www.rkb.usThe Responder Knowledge Base provides links to DHS program guidance and direct access to the Commercial Equipment Direct Assistance Program (CEDAP) program for a broad range of first responders. It also provides a database of eligible equipment and a current version of the IAB Standardized Equipment List and G&T Authorized Equipment List. www.ojp.usdoj.gov/funding/funding.htmThe Funding Opportunities… Keep Reading

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2009: Making the most of homeland security funding

Homeland security funding is anything but a stationary target. The ebb and flow of funding in and out of certain programs one year and the elimination of those same programs the next is what makes maximizing your funding so difficult. You may have gotten funding from every available source in 2007, but in 2009, the… Keep Reading

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2009 Guide to Grants—Infrastructure protection funding

Although the deadlines for the Port Security Grant Program (PSGP) and Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP) passed in January, these 2009 homeland security funding programs provide some interesting insights on the wider funding picture. They are also the most significant components of the Infrastructure Protection Program, the DHS program targeted specifically at securing the nation’s… Keep Reading

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2009 Guide to Grants—Cross-funding and the requirement for coordination

This year’s homeland security funding programs extend the trend of encouraging coordination among the various funding sources supporting local regions’ activities to include local cost sharing. This newdevelopment brings local funding, which may come from local government tax rolls, bond issues or outside private-sector contributions to the project, into the pool of resources that need… Keep Reading

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