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    Is there any Grants that anyone knows of that are open right now in Indiana that i could try and get a fire prevention custome like Sparky fire dog ect...
    and one for like smoke detectors ect...... going to be writing a grant next year for smoke trailor but really was not going to add anything to that grant just thought if could try for something else too would give it a try thanks Shawn

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    Check with the State Offices. I made contact with someone in the TX Governor's office and she gave me a listing of everything there was. There are a few private ones available such as Fireman's Fund Insurance's program that are possibilities. Can't remember the rest right now, coffee is still working it's way around the system.

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    Unhappy Thanks Indiana

    From what i can tell does not have any grants out there gee whiz

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    It does not sound like a lot of money so check with your local United Way and or local foundations. We have been very sucessful with both for items under $3000. Good Luck

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    Don't forget to download the Alternative Funding publication from USFA's site. It's a couple of years old now, but it listed all current federal, state, local, and private funding sources where FDs were eligible. It broke them down by state too, so that made it real easy to find stuff.

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    Walmart and Target and Kmart are also good choices for going after this type funding for smaller projects. Ask for merchandise from them, not the cash, and then "raffle" the stuff off. You can triple your money!
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    Walmart came to us a while back when they built their new store and the manager gave us $500. We told him we really didn't take donations because of the tax monies coming in, but he said it was company policy to give it to the local FD that responds to the store.

    Raffles can be a moneymaker, but some areas don't allow them for some strange reason so check local regulations first. I know a few depts that do this and the stores sell them the stuff at cost for the raffles, so it can be something to run every now and again. But depending on the local economy there might not be a lot of takers forking over money for raffles. When the economy is down, donations as a whole to all sorts of organizations drop considerably, United Way, Red Cross and other included.

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    Absolutely right Brian. Local jusrisidictions need to of course check their "private solicitation" prohibitions and or state regulations on running "raffles" etc. to comply with local laws but; I have never failed to see a department that did not run the "ask for merchandise and then raffle" not double or triple the money they would have recieved than if they had simply taken a check.

    Timing is everything here and you have to do this during the right time of year, like right now. If you got something for a man, woman and teen and then sold the tickets ($1 apiece or 6 for $5.00) every woman dragging her younguns' through a door at Walmart would spend 3-6 dollars to have the chance of getting her husband a new hunting rifle, a $150.00 shopping card for herself and an iPod for her teenager for Xmas at those costs.
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    Our local Wal-Mart has a $2,000 "Hometown Heroes" Award that it gives out each year to the fire departments in the county. They split it evenly between everyone that submits an application. They even call to remind us to submit. Everyone uses the money to buy their fire prevention materials.

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    Yea I featured that grant in October ( it closed Oct 31) on my website but, that is their "National" program. They can and frequently do support other requests from public safety agencies throughout the year, you just have to ask throught their "community involvement coordinator ",which each store has.
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    Default thanks for all the help

    Just thought if could get a smaller one why not but time will tell thanks all

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