Grants Programs: Linking National Dollars To Local Fire Departments

Kurt Bradley offers important tips to make the grant-writing process more effective, more productive and more successful for your fire department.


Is your department in need of equipment that will help your first responders be more responsive? Do your firefighters need new turnout gear, like coats pants and boots? How would you like to purchase a new communications system for your department? These examples of new equipment purchases and other...


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Writing Tips

  • Keep it clear, keep it simple and keep it right. Remember and apply the KISS principle (keep it simple, stupid) when writing your applications. Be clear, concise and accurate.

  • Those who fail to prepare, should be prepared to fail. Before a grant-application period opens, gather information. Where could your department best use the money? How has a lack of funding affected your department’s ability to respond, train and operate? Work on these issues now, and when the application period opens you’ll be ready.

  • Type your application and narrative in any word processing software. This lets you “draft” and revise many times, and lets others read and proofread your application prior to you submitting it.

  • Use the Internet to make the application process easier. More and more grants are using the Internet to make the grant-application process easier. The now-complete 2004 AFGP grant application was a great example: you could take a tutorial on its “e-grant” process, save and update your application as needed, and send electronically once complete.

The reality is that your budget is tight and your tax bases are shrinking. Available funding must be used to improve the economic conditions of our first responders first. You want better equipment for your staff and they need that equipment so they can do a better job, for the citizens they tirelessly protect. Grants are available to you and you deserve them. All you need to do is remember these important tips, and enlist the support of a free grant-writing consultant who can steer you in the right direction. Good luck!


Kurt Bradley is the grants-writing consultant at CHIEF. His experience spans more than 26 years of public safety and grant-writing experience, and has attained certification with the National Grant Writers Association. Bradley is a former lieutenant with the Lake Alfred, FL, Police Department, where he was the commander of the communications and criminal investigations division for his department, as well as its grant writer. Upon retiring from law enforcement, he wrote grants for the City of Lakeland Housing Authority, as well as for corporate and private foundations for social service programs. He is happy to answer any questions; contact him at kurtb@chiefsupply.com. Visit www.chiefgrants.com to quickly locate federal-government grant opportunities that are currently open and available, as well as to grant training, research, tips and frequently asked questions.