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By Mac Kemp, MEd, EMT-P Applying for grants need not be a daunting experience. Here’s how to get started and be successful… To many people, grants are a mystery. They can seem like magic money that comes from secret places. Nowhere in the EMS curriculum do you learn how to look or apply for them. So how do you decide to apply for a grant and go about getting it done? Grants are simply money that is but you can start making progress and guidelines, not following instruc- earmarked for very speciﬁc purposes. set goals along the way to make your tions or because there were too many Grant makers have money they want appeals successful. applications to fund them all. You can distributed to further their unique The good news is, yes, you should increase your odds if you follow a few missions, and if you can be part of apply. Every year the federal govern- simple steps. As one grant consultant their mission, they are willing to give ment, states and private foundations says, “The money is there, and it is you money. That is truly the key to give away literally billions of dollars. going to be given to somebody. It might successful grant writing: making your All of these funds fall into speciﬁc was well be you!” priorities ﬁt with granters’. In this categories with speciﬁc requirements, Jules Scadden will present article we will walk through getting but when you are eligible for a grant, STRATEGIC PLANNING a session on grantwriting at EMS EXPO, 2010, Sept. ready to apply for grants in a system- you should go for it. The fact of grant Most people and agencies determine 27–Oct. 1 at the Dallas Convention Center, Dallas, TX. atic way that anyone can follow. Grant writing is that most applications are they need a grant when they decide For more information, visit writing takes time and experience, turned down—many for not meeting they want to purchase something they www.emsexpo2010.com. www.emsresponder.com EMS JUNE 2010 43 grant writing may really want to get cardiac moni- Pork: The Other Sustenance tors, but the ﬁrst grant that comes up There is another type of funding out there for EMS agencies, but it is a limited, may be for data collection. You have to one-time source. This funding comes through your local congressional representatives. be prepared to ﬁt the grant processes Many people refer to this funding as pork or earmarks. Although there is always talk about ending this funding, it is highly unlikely to disappear. Someone in your district will you ﬁnd to a variety of needs within get this funding, and it may as well be you. your organization. The process is fairly simple: If you know a member of Congress, simply make contact The other thing a strategic plan does “All grant and follow up with a straightforward proposal. Include what you want, why you need it, how it will improve your service, and what the costs will be. Generally, requests should ra
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