Backyard Bucks

Corporate grants cover special projects & training

 

 
 
 

Brandon Johnson | From the The Path to Grant Success Issue


Although the majority of fire and EMS grant opportunities are offered by the federal and state governments, numerous smaller corporate grants are available—and often go unnoticed. These grants won’t provide the type of funding required for big-ticket items, such as new apparatus or additional staff, but for smaller projects or bridging a budgetary gap, they may well do the trick.

I would strongly encourage you to look beyond well-known opportunities for those yet to be discovered in your own backyard. Local businesses and industry shouldn’t be overlooked as potential grant-funding streams. A well-written explanation of a given operational need along with adequate justification and a foreseeable benefit to the community will often go a long way. Of course, not all businesses will be willing or able to provide your department with a big check. But many departments have enjoyed success with this approach simply because they took the time to ask.

We’ve chosen to highlight the following three corporate grants because of their proven track records of funding, as well as their continued support for communities.

Fireman’s Fund Heritage
Created in 2004 by Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co., the Fireman’s Fund Heritage is a national program that provides funds for local fire departments, national firefighter organizations and burn prevention/treatment organizations. Funds can be applied toward equipment, fire prevention tools, firefighter training, fire safety education and community emergency response programs. In addition to awarding grants, Fireman’s Fund employees and agents also provide volunteer support. For more, visit www.firemansfund.com/
servlet/dcms?c=heritage.

FM Global Fire Prevention 
Grant Program

National, regional, state, local and community organizations can apply for funding through the Fire Prevention Grant Program offered by FM Global. The grant provides support for many aspects of fire prevention, preparedness and control efforts, including pre-planning, firefighting in sprinklered buildings, fire and arson prevention and investigation, and fire prevention education and training programs. For more, visit www.fmglobal.com/page.aspx?id=01060200.

State Farm Safe Neighbors Grant  
Funding from the State Farm Safe Neighbors Grant is available to meet your community-based needs. The funding is directed to improving driver, vehicle and roadway safety; shielding homes from fires, criminals and natural disasters; supporting disaster preparedness programs and recovery services; and enhancing personal financial security. Grant requests for local initiatives are evaluated and approved by State Farm field offices based on available funding. For more on this grant, visit www.statefarm.com/about/part_spos/grants/cogrants.asp.




Connect: Have a thought or feedback about this? Add your comment now
Related Topics: Awards Grants and Scholarship, Administration and Leadership, Accessories, Ambulances, Specialty Vehicles, Operations and Protcols, Vehicle Operations, Vehicle Ops, Patient Management, Training

 
Author Thumb

Brandon JohnsonBrandon Johnson is a managing Director of Valence Group, LLC. Brandon is the assistant director and toxmedic coordinator for the Northern Kentucky Regional WMD/Hazmat Response Team, a firefighter/paramedic with the Hebron Fire Protection District in Kentucky and a paramedic instructor with the University of Cincinnati Paramedic Education Program.

BROWSE FULL BIO & ARTICLES >

What's Your Take? Comment Now ...

Featured Careers & Jobs in EMS





 

Get JEMS in Your Inbox

 

Fire EMS Blogs


Blogger Browser

Today's Featured Posts

 

EMS Airway Clinic

Simulation-Based Assessment Facilitates Learning & Enhances Clinical Judgment

Simulation is an educational tool that can be used to develop and refine clinical skills of the student in a controlled environment before they progress to becoming practicing clinicians.
More >

Multimedia Thumb

REMSA Programs Helps Reduce Hospital Visits

Community paramedic effort goes into service.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

City Official Challenges San Francisco Fire Chief

Ambulance response times among problems noted by city supervisor.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Texas Ambulance Crash

Victoria ambulance collides with civilian vehicle.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Colorado Medics Ditch Pants for Kilts

“Real men do wear kilts.”
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

CO Leak at Illinois School

Girard incident sends over 130 to hospitals.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Hands On September 2014

Who gets thumbs up this month?
More >


Multimedia Thumb

NYC Sept. 11 Anniversary

View images from the ceremony at Ground Zero.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

The AmbuBus®, Bus Stretcher Conversion Kit - EMS Today 2013

AmbuBus®, Bus Stretcher all-hazards preparedness & response tool
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Braun Ambulances' EZ Door Forward

Helps to create a safer ambulance module.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Field Bridge Xpress ePCR on iPad, Android, Kindle Fire

Sneak peek of customizable run forms & more.
Watch It >


More Product Videos >