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GSP Consulting’s webinar presentation on grant writing and strategy to the Law Enforcement Technology Group LLC (LETG) at their user conference on October 28, 2010. Includes information on funding ...

GSP Consulting’s webinar presentation on grant writing and strategy to the Law Enforcement Technology Group LLC (LETG) at their user conference on October 28, 2010. Includes information on funding opportunities for law enforcement and first responder units, as well as outlines the grant process.

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Grant Writing for Law Enforcement Grant Writing for Law Enforcement Presentation Transcript

  • Grant Writing for Law Enforcement
    Who, What, When, Where, Why & How
    John Berns
    Director, Minnesota Government Affairs
  • Introduction
    Who Releases Grants?
    What Types of Grants Exist?
    When are Grants Released?
    Where are Grants Released?
    Why Apply for Grants?
    How to Apply for Grants
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  • Odds & Ends
    Today’s presentation will be available at:http://grants.gspconsulting.com
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  • Introduction to GSP
    GSP provides a suite of government and business consulting services to clients.
    GSP focuses on organizational needs of clients (money, location, planning, issues) and develops custom solutions to offset these needs.
    Founded in 2001 with headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA
    Locations in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Columbus and Washington D.C.
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  • Introduction to GSP
    GSP’s services include:
    Development Finance Strategy
    Economic Development Analysis & Strategy
    Federal & State Government Affairs
    Grant Writing & Strategy
    Grassroots Lobbying
    Green Economy Solutions
    Policy Monitoring & Response
    Procurement Planning
    Site Selection & Incentives Negotiation
    Sports, Entertainment & Marketing Development
    Strategic Communications
    Strategic Planning
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  • Introduction to Grants
    Grants are funds released to a specific project, based on an application or proposal, by a grant maker with no expectation that the funds will be paid back.
    A federal grant is financial assistance awarded by a federal agency for a public project or service authorized by federal law. Grants are awarded through an application process.
    Grant proposals are generally reviewed by industry peers.
    Grants require stringent reporting requirements, at times.
    Grants can be supplied on multiple levels.
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  • Who Releases Grants?
    Department of Labor
    Department of Justice
    Department of Homeland Security
    Department of Education
    Department of Housing andUrban Development
    Department of Transportation
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  • What Types of Grants Exist?
    Earmark grants require federal lobbying and are directly awarded without competition.
    Direct Grants are given directly from the federal government to the grant recipient.
    Pass-Through grants require states to apply for grant funds and then the state grants funds to requesting recipients.
    Competitive grants are awarded to various projects, based on peer review, against limited funds.
    Formula grants is distributed automatically to recipients based on set standards or criteria (like population)
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  • What Types of Grants Exist?
    Categorical grants have various restrictions on what types of projects for which funds can be distributed.
    Block grants are a group of categorical grants grouped together, with fewer restrictions.
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  • When are Grants Released?
    When a national need is recognized
    When federal acts dictate release of funds
    All of the time!
    The key is to be ready for when these opportunities become available
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  • Where are Grants Released?
    Grants.gov is the main resource
    Departmental pages
    FedBizOpps (fbo.gov)
    Recovery.gov
    State Departments of similar nature
    Local/Regional governments and foundations
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  • Why Apply for Grants?
    Free money
    Aligns business priorities with government priorities
    Gain experience with smaller grants for larger grant applications
    Receive recognition as a federal program of interest
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  • How to Apply for Grants
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  • How to Apply for Grants :: Register
    It’s free
    The path of least resistance for registration:
    Have the head officer of your company/organization complete the registration process
    Follow the Grants.gov tutorial for all registration at: http://grants.gov/assets/OrgRegUserGuide.pdf
    Set reminders every six months to login and update profiles
    Complete the registration process in the designated order
    Can take up to five weeks to complete the entire process
    Begin this process now…even without any grant opportunities
    Keep all login information and passwords safe
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  • How to Apply for Grants :: Register
    Apply for a DUNS number
    Stands for “Data Universal Numbering System”
    Central database of businesses and nonprofit entities
    Maintained by Dun & Bradstreet
    Sometimes required for state grant submissions
    Register with the CCR
    Stands for “Central Contractor Registry”
    Requires statistical and financial data
    May require support from a grantee’s financial officer
    Sometimes required for state grant submissions
    Register with Grants.gov
    Central hub for all federal grant releases
    To be completed by a binding officer
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  • How to Apply for Grants :: Review
    What projects are fundable?
    Choose projects that are easy to scale or complete in phases
    Align your needs with areas of government interest
    How much money is needed for success?
    When budgeting, consider the categories on an SF424A form
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  • How to Apply for Grants :: Review
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  • How to Apply for Grants :: Review
    What projects are fundable?
    Choose projects that are easy to scale or complete in phases
    Align your needs with areas of government interest
    How much money is needed for success?
    When budgeting, consider the categories on an SF424A form
    Determine sources of cost share for each project
    Who should I include?
    Partnerships and collaborations have a greater chance of success
    Understand the priorities of other organizations and have their buy-in
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  • How to Apply for Grants :: Research
    Subscribe to e-mail alerts via Grants.gov
    Subscribe to e-mail alerts via Grants.GSPConsulting.com
    Monitor websites of targeted agencies
    Match your identified projects with funding opportunities
    Consider all sources…federal, state, local and private
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  • How to Apply for Grants :: Research
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  • How to Apply for Grants :: Respond
    Once you find an opportunity that matches your project:
    Have a dedicated point person on your staff to serve as the lead
    Reach out to potential partners/collaborators
    Set the budget and set it early
    Let your intentions be known and seek formal support/commitment from strategic contacts
    Legislators
    Funders
    Vendors
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  • How to Apply for Grants :: Report
    If you receive a grant
    Have a grant management strategy in place
    Prepare reporting for management of funds
    Assign responsibilities with hard deadlines for reporting
    Develop a plan to minimize risk
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  • Next Steps
    Complete registration process
    Identify projects for funds
    Determine potential funding streams for your projects
    Consider grant tactics for success
    Cost share
    Strategic partners
    Design of project/phasing
    Political support
    Flexibility
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  • Questions?
    John Berns
    jberns@gspconsulting.com, 651-328-4819
    Tim Hindes
    tim@gspconsulting.com, 412-697-0357
    http://grants.gspconsulting.com
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