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    A local health care business hosted a grant writing informative session recently. It was implied that a regional grant could be written for AED/defibrillator. I questioned the help desk and was told that it would not be an eligible regional grant. I further contacted our regional specialist who stated only training and communications were considered eligible. I notified the grant specialist that had presented the seminar and she agreed after reviewing the information that she would recommend individual departments submit apps. Now the business has scheduled a conference call with another grant specialist for later in the week to do a regional grant for RAD 57's. I'm thinking this is not eligible too. I would hate to miss out on an opportunity but I don't want to endanger our regional grant. I also want to make sure other departments aren't going to have the grant request disqualified. As an aside, how many regional grants can you participate in? Thanks for the help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandy3810 View Post
    A local health care business hosted a grant writing informative session recently. It was implied that a regional grant could be written for AED/defibrillator. I questioned the help desk and was told that it would not be an eligible regional grant. I further contacted our regional specialist who stated only training and communications were considered eligible. I notified the grant specialist that had presented the seminar and she agreed after reviewing the information that she would recommend individual departments submit apps. Now the business has scheduled a conference call with another grant specialist for later in the week to do a regional grant for RAD 57's. I'm thinking this is not eligible too. I would hate to miss out on an opportunity but I don't want to endanger our regional grant. I also want to make sure other departments aren't going to have the grant request disqualified. As an aside, how many regional grants can you participate in? Thanks for the help.
    Sandy I would not believe anyone until such time at the program guidance gets published, then and only then will we truly know the rules and or eligibility of a project.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sandy3810 View Post
    A local health care business hosted a grant writing informative session recently. It was implied that a regional grant could be written for AED/defibrillator. I questioned the help desk and was told that it would not be an eligible regional grant. I further contacted our regional specialist who stated only training and communications were considered eligible. I notified the grant specialist that had presented the seminar and she agreed after reviewing the information that she would recommend individual departments submit apps. Now the business has scheduled a conference call with another grant specialist for later in the week to do a regional grant for RAD 57's. I'm thinking this is not eligible too. I would hate to miss out on an opportunity but I don't want to endanger our regional grant. I also want to make sure other departments aren't going to have the grant request disqualified. As an aside, how many regional grants can you participate in? Thanks for the help.
    According to the 09 AFG PG:

    As such, the only activities available for application under a regional project are training and equipment acquisition (such as communications equipment) that positively affect interoperability between jurisdictions.

    The operative words here are "equipment acquisition that positively affect interoperability between jurisdictions". Not sure if you could make a successful argument about AED/Defibrillators as increasing interoperability.
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    Stick with the PG. I suspect one or more of the following has happened:

    1. Somebody is hoping you get AED's so that they can bolster their own case for some other funding

    2. Some AED salesman told them it could be done

    3. Some "grant expert" doesn't know what they are talking about.
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    The other part of that is under the conflict of interest rules that were clarified last year vendors are no longer allowed to host, sponsor, or in any other way provide any grant assistance other than providing prices to help people write their applications with accurate funding requests. If they do the applicant loses the award. IE nothing happens to the company, the applicant just loses the award. Same reason Kurt and I along with others jacked around with what we used to do since it wasn't allowed anymore.

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    Had a company send me an email last week to remind me that the '10 grant was coming and they would be glad to help me write a grant for new defibs. Not sure they understand the new rules or just hoping to hang me and keep the money if awarded and caught

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    I just had a medical equipment provider call me, and offer their grant writer when I advised them we were writing an AFG application for the equipment they sell.

    I explained to the lady the rule, she was clue less.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LVFD301 View Post
    I just had a medical equipment provider call me, and offer their grant writer when I advised them we were writing an AFG application for the equipment they sell.

    I explained to the lady the rule, she was clue less.
    As are many still!
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