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Grant Writing for Law Enforcement
Who, What, When, Where, Why & How
John Berns
Director, Minnesota G...
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Table of Contents
I. Introduction
II. Who Releases Grants?
III. What Types of Grants Exist?
IV. When...
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Odds & Ends
 Today’s presentation will be available at:
http://grants.gspconsulting.com
310.28.2010...
www.gspconsulting.com
Introduction to GSP
 GSP provides a suite of government and business consulting
services to clients...
www.gspconsulting.com
Introduction to GSP
 GSP’s services include:
 Development Finance Strategy
 Economic Development ...
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Introduction to Grants
 Grants are funds released to a specific project, based on an
application or...
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Who Releases Grants?
 Department of Labor
 Department of Justice
 Department of Homeland
Security...
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What Types of Grants Exist?
 Earmark grants require federal lobbying and are directly
awarded witho...
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What Types of Grants Exist?
 Categorical grants have various restrictions on what types of
projects...
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When are Grants Released?
 When a national need is
recognized
 When federal acts dictate
release o...
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Where are Grants Released?
 Grants.gov is the main resource
 Departmental pages
 FedBizOpps (fbo....
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Why Apply for Grants?
 Free money
 Aligns business priorities with
government priorities
 Gain ex...
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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:
 H...
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How to Apply for Grants :: Register
 Apply for a DUNS number
 Stands for “Data Universal Numbering...
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How to Apply for Grants :: Review
 What projects are fundable?
 Choose projects that are easy to s...
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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 s...
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How to Apply for Grants :: Research
 Subscribe to e-mail alerts via Grants.gov
 Subscribe to e-mai...
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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 ...
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How to Apply for Grants :: Report
 If you receive a grant
 Have a grant management strategy
in pla...
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Next Steps
 Complete registration process
 Identify projects for funds
 Determine potential fundi...
www.gspconsulting.com
Questions?
John Berns
jberns@gspconsulting.com, 651-328-4819
Tim Hindes
tim@gspconsulting.com, 412-6...
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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 opportunities for law enforcement and first responder units, as well as outlines the grant process.

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Grant Writing for Law Enforcement

  1. 1. www.gspconsulting.com Grant Writing for Law Enforcement Who, What, When, Where, Why & How John Berns Director, Minnesota Government Affairs
  2. 2. www.gspconsulting.com Table of Contents I. Introduction II. Who Releases Grants? III. What Types of Grants Exist? IV. When are Grants Released? V. Where are Grants Released? VI. Why Apply for Grants? VII. How to Apply for Grants 210.28.2010 Grant Writing for Law Enforcement
  3. 3. www.gspconsulting.com Odds & Ends  Today’s presentation will be available at: http://grants.gspconsulting.com 310.28.2010 Grant Writing for Law Enforcement
  4. 4. www.gspconsulting.com 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. 410.28.2010 Grant Writing for Law Enforcement
  5. 5. www.gspconsulting.com 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 510.28.2010 Grant Writing for Law Enforcement
  6. 6. www.gspconsulting.com 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. 610.28.2010 Grant Writing for Law Enforcement
  7. 7. www.gspconsulting.com Who Releases Grants?  Department of Labor  Department of Justice  Department of Homeland Security  Department of Education  Department of Housing and Urban Development  Department of Transportation 710.28.2010 Grant Writing for Law Enforcement
  8. 8. www.gspconsulting.com 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) 810.28.2010 Grant Writing for Law Enforcement
  9. 9. www.gspconsulting.com 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. 910.28.2010 Grant Writing for Law Enforcement
  10. 10. www.gspconsulting.com 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 1010.28.2010 Grant Writing for Law Enforcement
  11. 11. www.gspconsulting.com 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 1110.28.2010 Grant Writing for Law Enforcement
  12. 12. www.gspconsulting.com 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 1210.28.2010 Grant Writing for Law Enforcement
  13. 13. www.gspconsulting.com How to Apply for Grants 1310.28.2010 Grant Writing for Law Enforcement
  14. 14. www.gspconsulting.com 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 1410.28.2010 Grant Writing for Law Enforcement
  15. 15. www.gspconsulting.com 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 1510.28.2010 Grant Writing for Law Enforcement
  16. 16. www.gspconsulting.com 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 1610.28.2010 Grant Writing for Law Enforcement
  17. 17. www.gspconsulting.com How to Apply for Grants :: Review 1710.28.2010 Grant Writing for Law Enforcement
  18. 18. www.gspconsulting.com 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 1810.28.2010 Grant Writing for Law Enforcement
  19. 19. www.gspconsulting.com 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 1910.28.2010 Grant Writing for Law Enforcement
  20. 20. www.gspconsulting.com How to Apply for Grants :: Research 2010.28.2010 Grant Writing for Law Enforcement
  21. 21. www.gspconsulting.com 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 2110.28.2010 Grant Writing for Law Enforcement
  22. 22. www.gspconsulting.com 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 2210.28.2010 Grant Writing for Law Enforcement
  23. 23. www.gspconsulting.com 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 2310.28.2010 Grant Writing for Law Enforcement
  24. 24. www.gspconsulting.com Questions? John Berns jberns@gspconsulting.com, 651-328-4819 Tim Hindes tim@gspconsulting.com, 412-697-0357 http://grants.gspconsulting.com 2410.28.2010 Grant Writing for Law Enforcement

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