Pushing the 501(c)3 Envelope: Nonprofit Formed to Boost Image of Arizona Public Schools System

Images of teachers in a classroom and students huddled around computers are designed to paint a pretty picture of the Arizona state’s public schools system. The cheerful 30-second advertisement on television and across the internet are paid for by a newly formed nonprofit corporation called the Arizona Education Project.

Matthew Benson, a spokesperson for the 501(c)3 nonprofit group, said the ads are not tied to any political candidate or legislative effort but are instead intended to counter the narrative set by critics who question the commitment of state leaders to fund public education.

Libby Hikind, founder and CEO of the nonprofit funding resource Grantwatch.com said, "Any investment in education must be combined with accountability.  Grants for education usually include an evaluation component, to prove the project or program did in fact make a difference and would be replicable in another location with a similar target audience. 

Nonprofits are typically identified with charitable organizations. The IRS recognizes 27 types of nonprofit organizations including educational associations. In general, nonprofits are formed to serve the public in some way and, as a result, they receive special benefits and tax breaks from the state. Eligibility requirements vary by state.

According to the IRS, 501c(3) organizations that qualify for tax credits at the state level may not always be eligible for exemptions and benefits from the federal government. Not all nonprofits are 501(c)3 registered with the IRS as tax-exempt by virtue of their charitable programs. Nonprofit simply means the entity, usually, a corporation is organized for a nonprofit purpose.

Except for the tax burdens, nonprofits operate much like traditional corporations. They are supported by the sale of their goods and services, charitable donations, and grants from other nonprofits including federal and state agencies and public and private corporations and foundations.

Donors to the Arizona Education Project include some heavy hitters in support of public schools, such as the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Hispanic Chambers from Tucson, Douglas, Sierra Vista and Nogales. Money also is coming from the Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association and the Services Group of America, a private firm involved in food distribution. Other donors include Pinnacle West Capital Corp. which owns Arizona Public Service Co., the state’s largest electric utility.

The Arizona Education Project has spent a portion of this support on a website and the local TV, cable and digital ads that outline positive aspects of Arizona’s K-12 system. Spending on Arizona schools plummeted during the Great Recession, and the state has yet to return to the levels before the economy tanked. Arizona schools also rank among the lowest in the nation for teacher pay.

Benson said, the group’s “message is pretty simple: Arizona schools aren’t perfect, but we’re making a lot of progress and too often in the current climate, that gets lost.”

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GrantWatch Unveils New Website to Enhance Grant Searching Process

To mark its 8th year of providing daily online access to more than 18,500 funding opportunities, GrantWatch.com has unveiled a redesigned website that will make searching for grants, awards and contracts that much easier, Libby Hikind, founder and CEO of GrantWatch.com, announced today.

“Grant-eligible nonprofit organizations no longer have to be overwhelmed by the search process," said Hikind. “GrantWatch eliminates the frustration involved in grant research by providing a powerful, yet, easy-to-use website that narrows the search of thousands of funding opportunities to match the unique needs and interests of any organization seeking financial assistance.”

GrantWatch is not a scam or some simple cut-and-paste database that can be purchased, like a book.

GrantWatch is a continuous, live, integrative search engine for grants and funding opportunities: Past due grants are archived, while new grants are researched and posted daily. GrantWatch posts some 700 new grants each week from federal, state and local agencies, public and private foundations, and corporations. These entries provide summaries and descriptions of each grant including funding source, eligibility requirements, geographic focus, award size, date posted and application URLs. Each grant is researched for validity and translated into a simple format that is easy to read and comprehend.

The newly designed GrantWatch interface has high-recall and precision algorithms that return only those grants relevant to a query while omitting everything that isn’t.

 Each RFP in the comprehensive database is:

  • Written in “presentation quality” for meetings and workshops;
  • Verified for authenticity by the GrantWatch team;
  • And supported via customer service – phone, chat or email.


Grantwatch.com is both a research and management tool. Drop-downs enable users to filter search criteria using keywords and phrases. New features include My Grant Views, which insures any grant viewed previously will not be misplaced, and My Grant Calendar, a personalized planning tool for scheduling grant writing activities. 

My Grants Calendar can also prioritize funding opportunities and and archive others for later reference while monitoring the progress of proposals including approaching deadlines, submissions and awards.

GrantWatch also offers these additional fundraising services:

  • UHelp.com – a free crowdfunding platform featuring more than 100 categories from which nonprofits, small businesses, entrepreneurs and artists can post campaigns;
  • MWBEzone.com – a one-stop-shop for large and small businesses including minority and women-owned organizations to identify federal, state and local grants;
  • GrantWriterTeam.com – a resource for identifying professional grant writers to assist in the proposal and application process;
  • GrantNews.com – A clearinghouse for the latest information in the grants industry including, trends, opinions and advice.


Nonprofits, public and private foundations, small businesses and entrepreneurs frustrated by the often-overwhelming process involved with searching for grants can identify funding opportunities that are easy to read and simple to comprehend at GrantWatch.com. Sign-up here so you too can receive the GrantWatch weekly grants newsletter prepared specifically for your organization's location.


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Grants to EMS Providers Enable First Responders to Take Their Protection into Their Own Hands

Mounting overdoses in an opioid epidemic. An escalation in assault victims. Dispatches requiring emergency medical services have gotten so intense, volatile and unpredictable that local first-responders in a central Pennsylvania town have decided to take their protection into their own hands.

EMS officials in Yellow Breeches say there was no specific incident, just the need for more safety that prompted the purchase of 15 ballistic vests for first-responders. Yellow Breeches received a $1,000 grant from Walmart to help pay for the vests, which cost roughly $200. The department plans to apply for more grants to cover the remaining costs.

Expectations on EMS providers continue to grow, despite the threat of budget cuts at the local, state and federal levels. Increasingly, the nation’s first responders are turning to alternative solutions and grant funding to address their essential needs.

Libby Hikind, founder and CEO of GrantWatch.com, said private-sector sources donate thousands of dollars annually to EMS departments for capital purchases or to improve service delivery, especially in rural communities or poor urban areas. A number of these revenue opportunities for EMS systems across the United States – including Florida, Utah, New Mexico, and Colorado — are listed on Grantwatch.com. Many of the funds are made available to EMS units regardless of their clinical sophistication, deployment strategies, performance standards and governance.

EMS organizations often rely on grants to purchase new equipment or enhance volunteer programs that typically fall outside their operating budgets. Big-ticket items, like an equipped ambulance can override a full year’s operating expenses.

Yellow Breeches is one of the first departments in Cumberland County to purchase and utilize bullet-proof vests, underscoring the nationwide trend to purchase more protection for first responders. But, fire rescue crews in Midway, South Carolina, also started using bulletproof vests. The department got the money for the vests from a grant from Georgetown County. Firefighters won’t wear the vests on every call. They will wear the vests on top of their firefighter uniforms on calls that could potentially be dangerous.

Authorities hope they do not have to use the protective gear, but recognize that police officers are no longer the sole targets of aggression at scenes requiring emergency responses. A year ago, an ambulance crew in Selma, Alabama, was met with gunfire as they arrived on scene for a blood pressure check. Fortunately, neither employee was injured. The district attorney who handled the case believed the act was part of a gang initiation ritual.

Government funds were also recently allocated to paramedics and EMS crews in Akron, Ohio, and Stamford, Connecticut, to purchase body armor. The Capital Expenditure Grant from the state of Connecticut will allow Stamford to share the protective equipment with three other cities as needed.

Homeland & National Security Grants: 
Grants to Nonprofits, Faith Based Institutions, Fire Departments, EMS Groups, Law Enforcement, and Emergency Services for Safety & Capacity Building and other Homeland & National Security funding.

Meanwhile, reports vindicating the purchase of bullet-proof vests are beginning to surface. Dani Kamenar, a paramedic, was on a call when a patient attacked her. She was 32 weeks pregnant at the time, but luckily for her and her daughter, Brooklyn, she was wearing body armor. Kamenar, an EMS member for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Health System, suffered a partial placental abruption, but it could've been worse.

About the Author: Staff Writer for GrantWatch.com


Once in a Blue Moon: Lunar Oddity Raises Awareness of STEM and STEAM Grants

Any lunar eclipse can usually get kids hyped about the heavens. But how about an event that happens once in a blood moon? That kind of lunar-related oddity has the potential to boost interest in the sky to astronomical levels.

The latest public show – a lunar trifecta of sorts — is set for the pre-dawn hours of Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. That’s when a total lunar eclipse will coincide with a blue moon to create what is known in astronomy circles as a super blue blood moon.

NASA predicts this rare incident, which occurs during a second full moon in a calendar month, will be bigger and brighter than its predecessor, the first supermoon of 2018, which took place New Year’s Day.

Two blue moons in one month are quite commonplace. In fact, another incident is forecast for March of this year. But, a blue moon that begins the day in “blood” — when faint red sunbeams peek around the edges of the Earth to form a reddish, copper color – that can be special.

Amateur astronomy is a field open to anyone with a vivid imagination. Educators can be forgiven for using the search for constellations and comets as a starting point to generate interest in science, without touching upon physics and mathematics.

Libby Hikind, founder and CEO of the fund-searching platform GrantWatch.com, said there are plenty of programs at the local and federal levels that have demonstrated a priority for creating a passion and basic curiosity for science among students. She said GrantWatch.com posts what are called STEM grants that are designed to enhance the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering, and math. A retired teacher, Hikind, also recommended grants for STEAM, an educational approach that incorporates art into STEM activites, or STEEM, which integrates entrepreneurship: 

Why STEM? Not enough young students are interested in science, creating a vacuum, particularly, among young women. And the demand for workers skilled in STEM subjects is closely linked to the nation’s future global competitiveness.

These concerns for education are why we should all encourage children to set an alarm for before dawn to see what the universe is up to on Wednesday morning. Those that do look to the sky throughout the day will witness a moon that is full, super, "red," "blue" and totally eclipsed. The next chance won’t be for another 19 years.

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Conflict Resolution Grants: Maryland School Leaders Look to Combat Violence

An argument between two 14-year-old girls escalated into a fight, and when one of the students tried to cut the other with a pocketknife, two staff members at Oakland Mills High School were injured.

To prevent recurring acts of violence like this at Oakland Mills and other schools in Howard County, officials are training teachers and students on how to build relationships that will lead to peaceful conflict resolution. Educators believe that teaching students how to resolve conflicts and sustain healthy relationships with their peers can help to reduce incidents of violence and criminal mischief.

Kevin Gilbert, director of diversity, equity and inclusion for the Howard County public school system, said his office is working to expand relationship-building skills, known as restorative justice practices, and train staff at more schools.

Libby Hikind, founder and CEO of Grantwatch.com, said grants that foster dialogue aim to make those practices in conflict resolution a reality.

“Education and training are just as important for educators and administrators as they are for parents and community members,” she said. “When presented effectively, programs in conflict resolution can help to create safe and healthy environments where students learn how to effectively handle their own problems.”

GrantWatch.com lists online the available conflict resolution funding opportunities for nonprofit organizations, public schools, and government agencies for educational, health, community, youth, and adult programs to learn how to diffuse situations and promote social and emotional development in their communities.

Hikind said that grant money can be used to start a conflict resolution program, hire individuals to manage a project, provide training or to resolve specific incidents and concerns.

The Howard County Education Association is currently writing a grant to the National Education Association to continue to incorporate conflict resolution methodologies into the school system.

Colleen Morris, HCEA president, said the teacher’s union has worked with the school system, NEA and the Community Justice for Youth Institute in Chicago to offer “peace circle training” for educators and administrators as well as parents and community members.

The school system and teacher’s union held a four-day training session last year with seven county schools. Morris said the training focused on creating “peace circles” — those opportunities that bring the victim and offender together — and how they can improve school climate.

“The emphasis in the training was on how the implementation of peace circles can build trust, promote social and emotional well-being and facilitate harmonious relationships,” said Morris. “Just like teaching academic subjects requires planning, preparation and knowledge of students, peace-circle implementation relies on well-trained facilitators to ensure a safe learning environment is created.”

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Affordable Housing Grants to Strengthen Economic Development in Downtown Greenville

Business is booming, but for many of the employees at the hotels and restaurants that line Main Street in Greenville, S.C., living downtown is simply too expensive.

That’s why the city plans to invest $2 million from Greenville’s surplus General Fund toward affordable housing. Some of that money will enable nonprofit organizations to develop initiatives that will curb the negative effects of gentrification, a term used to describe when cities like Greenville develop blighted neighborhoods, but ultimately drive property values up and lower-income people out of homes they have often lived in for decades.

City leaders want to encourage a “live-work” environment supported by a mix of housing types reflecting a variety of levels including housing opportunities for low- to moderate-income families. This commitment is reinforced in a RFP for nonprofits to develop or construct affordable housing within designated areas of Greenville. The grant opportunity is listed here along with other affordable housing proposal requests on GrantWatch.com

Libby Hikind, founder and CEO of Grantwatch.com, said Greenville can use land the city already owns to partner with nonprofit organizations and private developers to build affordable housing.

Greenville ranks as the fourth fastest-growing city in the nation. For decades, the city had been unsuccessful in attempts to grow its population and recover from suburban flight began in the 1960s. Meanwhile, steady investments in infrastructure, such as a new city park planned west of downtown, has accumulated surpluses in tax revenues were set aside to accommodate future growth in the population.

But, with a population of some 68,000, an increase of nearly 3,000 in just one year, the Greenville Housing Authority claims the city falls short by some 3,000 affordable housing units.

Affordable housing studies show that a single parent with one child wishing to rent a home in Greenville County for $729 a month would need to earn $20.86 an hour. However, Greenville businesses are dependent on employing construction workers, retailers, and cashiers who make either minimum wage or a little bit above.

The Greenville Housing Authority says the number of property owners who typically rent out to affordable housing organizations has been dwindling over the years because landlords have decided they can get more money by renting to people at market price.

Alex Darrington, a chef at Limoncello, one of two new restaurants to open in Greenville, says downtown is where people in the restaurant business want to work, but where few can afford housing. Restaurant owners say the lack of public transportation has made staffing their restaurants with busboys, prep cooks and dishwashers that much more difficult.

The city wants to target affordable units to people making $15,000 or less and paying more than 50-60 percent of their income on housing.

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Failure to Secure Grant Leads to Closing of Indiana Nonprofit Health Clinic for Children

When a family member got pregnant and didn’t have health insurance, a sister, cousin or aunt would recommend “the clinic.”

Now, after failing to secure grant funding from the Indiana State Department of Health for the first time since 1979, the Maternal Child Health Clinic in Gary, Indiana, will close at the end of the year. Following more than four decades of service, the staff of five — director, program director, registered nurse, medical assistant and social worker – will be let go.  Uninsured, underinsured women and children in Gary will be forced to look elsewhere for healthcare services.

Shirley Borom, the clinic’s director, said since August when the state grant fell through, the nonprofit clinic tried unsuccessfully to secure other forms of funding.

The nonprofit clinic provided physicals for children including immunizations and screenings for hearing, vision and anemia, as well as OB-GYN services. The social worker helped enroll residents in insurance and get patients to appointments.

Libby Hikind, founder and CEO of GrantWatch, said it’s not unusual for grant providers to change their priorities, as well as their recipients, if they’ve been the same for years. Most importantly when you rely on grant funds for your operation, you must diversify.  Organizations should never be complacent in their funding and programming – they should continuously seek out new funding sources to support existing and new much needed programs. 

Mental Health America of Lake County, the applicant that will receive the Early Start grant that was lost to Maternal Child Health, offers a broader scope of services including child injury prevention, smoking cessation, home visiting and safe sleep education.

Since 1976, the Gary clinic had received state grants to provide healthcare access to low-income children at its Children and Youth Clinic. Services expanded in 1991 to address infant mortality rates when the clinic adopted its current name.

According to the Alliance for Advancing Nonprofit Healthcare, about 60 percent of community hospitals are nonprofit, all community health centers are nonprofit, almost 30 percent of nursing homes are nonprofit, and about 17 percent of home health care agencies are estimated to be nonprofit.

Hikind said nonprofits play an important role in the delivery of healthcare services in the United States. She encourages those organizations and corporations that rely on grants and are looking for new funding sources to visit GrantWatch.com, where they will find grants for programs that foster innovation and improvements including children's health and development, school readiness, and support for families.

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Homeless Crisis Points Finger at Booming Economy

Outside the tarp-covered tents belonging to homeless people populating the Skid Row area of downtown Los Angeles, a man who identifies himself as Vincent sorts his belongings. Vincent said he thought he was bulletproof and never had to worry about finding a job as a young man.

"Things ain't the way they were anymore," he said while bemoaning a homeless crisis of unprecedented proportions that has not only rocked the streets of Los Angeles and other West Coast cities, but has advanced throughout the entire United States as well.

The nation’s homeless population increased this year for the first time since 2010, according to the U.S.. Department of Housing and Urban Development which released its annual Point in Time (PIT) count last month. The report showed nearly 554,000 homeless people across the country during local tallies conducted in January; up nearly 1 percent from 2016.

Of that total, 193,000 people had no access to nightly shelter and instead were staying in vehicles, tents, the streets and other places considered uninhabitable. The unsheltered figure is up by more than 9 percent compared to two years ago.

Increases are higher in several West Coast cities, where the explosion in homelessness has prompted at least 10 city and county governments to declare states of emergency since 2015.

City officials, homeless advocates and those living on the streets point to a main culprit: the region’s booming economy. Rents have soared beyond affordability for many lower-wage workers who until just a just few years ago could typically find a place to stay. Now, even a temporary setback can be enough to leave them out on the streets.

Federal, state and local agencies do provide funds to nonprofit organizations committed to homelessness prevention, said Libby Hikind, founder and CEO of GrantWatch.com, which provides a user-friendly listing of current and archived grants for homeless prevention initiatives as well as funding opportunities, awards and contracts, and their summaries.

“Many of these nonprofit organizations, in turn, will offer rental payment assistance and supportive services to qualified homeless populations,” she said. “These programs and a small investment of time, money and energy can have a profound impact on assisting homeless individuals through the entire spectrum — from obtaining income, to assessing healthcare needs, to finding a job, or to rental application assistance.”

In the meantime, as the surge in homelessness becomes part of the fabric of daily life in West Coast cities, the numbers in the report back up what many people in California, Oregon and Washington have been experiencing in their communities: encampments sprouting along freeways and rivers; local governments struggling to come up with money for long-term solutions; conflicts about whether to crack down on street camping and even feeding the homeless.

The most alarming consequence of the West Coast homeless explosion is a deadly Hepatitis A outbreak that has affected Los Angeles, Santa Cruz and San Diego, the popular tourist destination in a county where more than 5,600 people now live on the streets or in their cars. Spread through a liver-damaging virus that lives in feces, the disease prompted California officials to declare a state of emergency in October.

The HUD report underscores the severity of the problem along the West Coast.

While the overall homeless population in California, Oregon and Washington grew by 14 percent during the past two years, the part of that population considered unsheltered climbed 23 percent to 108,000. That is in part due a shortage of affordable housing.

In booming Seattle, for example, the HUD report shows the unsheltered population grew by 44 percent in two years to nearly 5,500.

The homeless service area that includes most of Los Angeles County, the epicenter of the crisis, saw its total homeless count top 55,000 people, up by more than 13,000 from 2016. Four out of every five homeless individuals there are considered unsheltered, leaving tens of thousands of people with no place to sleep other than the streets or parks.

By comparison, while New York City’s homeless population grew to more than 76,000, only about 5 percent are considered unsheltered thanks to a system that can get people a cot under a roof immediately.

In contrast, the HUD report showed a long-running decline in homelessness continuing in most other regions. Nationally, the overall homeless number was down by 13 percent since 2010 and the unsheltered number has dropped by 17 percent over that seven-year span, although some changes in methodology and definitions over the years can affect comparisons.

Places where the numbers went down include Atlanta, Philadelphia, Miami, the Denver area and Hawaii, which declared a statewide homelessness emergency in 2015.

The Homeless Point-In-Time survey is based on counts at shelters and on the streets. While imperfect, it attempts to represent how many people are homeless at a given time. Those who work regularly with the homeless say it is certainly an undercount, although many advocates and officials believe it correctly identifies trend lines.


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Four Strategies to Start Year Off Right and Meet Your Goals for 2018

As we all begin to focus on a new year, we tend to start thinking of everything we want to accomplish. We want to raise more money, start new projects, expand what works, and change what doesn’t. If you’re like me, that list can quickly get very long. If you find yourself hyperventilating, take some deep breaths and repeat after me:

“I can do this.”

Here’s what to do:

1. Identify the ONE thing you must accomplish before the end of the first quarter. One. Write it down, and focus your attention on reaching that goal. Create a game plan with a timeline, and block out time in your calendar — daily or weekly — to accomplish it. Every morning ask yourself, “What can I do today to help reach this goal?” Make it one of your three top priorities for each day.

2. Remove unnecessary distractions and dramatically streamline your work. Look at your calendar for the next three months and identify all the time suckers. Dramatically reduce or eliminate them. Look for half-day meetings that can be accomplished in 1-2 hours, meetings that could instead be quick phone calls, hour phone calls that could be accomplished in 15 minutes, trips that could be turned into video conference calls, internal processes that could be streamlined, events that are not critical for you to attend, and time you are spending with people you don’t really like. Focus on paring everything down.

3. Control your technology instead of letting it control you! Unless you are in the path of a hurricane, you don’t need to check FOX online every hour. Limit the time you spend checking email to twice a day, and don’t allow the beeps and alerts to go off and let you know every time “you’ve got mail” (or you’ve got a new LinkedIn connection, or someone retweeted you).

4. Get help. Delegate what you can. I once made a list of everything I was doing in my consulting work, and divided into three categories: things that bring me joy/give me energy, things I hate to do, and things I can do, but could easily be delegated. It was illuminating. I created an entire job description that delegated a large chunk of items in the last two categories, and hired a communications firm to handle it all for me. Not only did I offload all that work onto someone else, that firm is doing a better job than I ever could. You can also retain a consultant to help facilitate strategic planning, conduct research or scanning, review grant proposals and reports, or write that case study you’ve been meaning to do. A trusted advisor can serve as your sounding board to help you navigate strategic and tactical decisions you need to make as you delegate and streamline.

  1. things that bring me joy/give me energy, 
  2. things I hate to do, 
  3. and things I can do, but could easily be delegated

Once you’ve followed these steps for the first quarter of 2018, repeat them again in quarters two, three and four. You’ll not only move through the new year without added stress, but also be more productive. Just wait until you see how much you can accomplish!

About the Author: Kris Putnam-Walkerly is a global philanthropy advisor, Forbes.com contributor, and author of the award-winning book Confident Giving: Sage Advice for Funders

Grants Help Support Police Campaigns to Curb Drunk Driving During Holiday Season

Police departments across the nation are gearing up their efforts to deliver gifts of sobriety to motorists between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

The concerted campaign to make drivers think twice about operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs during the holidays requires an increase in staffing to man the added patrols and roadside checkpoints.

Libby Hikind, founder and CEO of GrantWatch.com, said the extra details and public awareness strategies are typically funded by grants at the state or federal levels including the NHTSA, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Much of the focus throughout the United States will be on speed limit enforcement, which often leads to DUI arrests, according to law enforcement authorities. In Santa Rosa, where the overtime is funded by grants from the California Office of Traffic Safety, every traffic stop is considered a DUI investigation.

As a measure of support, NHTSA sponsors the annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, which includes nationwide TV advertisements aimed at warning Americans to stay safe during the holidays and raise awareness of drunk driving. In December 2016 alone, 781 people lost their lives in drunk-driving crashes. The agency reports that over the past five years, an average of 300 people died in drunk-driving crashes during the Christmas through New Year’s holiday period.

That’s why the Bucksport Police Department has applied for three grants from the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety. Each grant could allow the department to pay officers to work an extra four-hour detail patrolling the busiest roads in town for: speeding, distracted drivers and operating under the influence offenses.

Earlier this year, the Bucksport Police Department received grants for speeding details, new body armor and a new cage for one of its cruisers. Police departments in small communities like Bucksport are often at a disadvantage because they have fewer resources available to help their officers effectively do their jobs.

“Policing comes with a price tag,” said Hikind, who encouraged law enforcement authorities and nonprofit fire and first-responder services to visit Grantwatch.com, where they will find grant resources and links to their administrating agencies. Here are two examples of state grants that can be found when using the keyword search with the word "Driving".

Grants to Delaware Agencies for Projects that Reduce Traffic Accidents

Grants to Washington Nonprofits, Agencies, and Schools to Improve Traffic Safety

Libby explains, "We add new grants daily. But if you do not see a grant specific to the DUI community issue, look at grants for economic development, travel & tourism and municipalities – and if you meet the eligibility and funding requirements, prepare to make a strong case for your proposed program with the needs of your locale."

Grants can help police departments with the purchase of equipment – from bulletproof vests to cruisers — and in the hiring of additional officers. This year, the Community Orientated Policing Services, an arm of the Justice Department, provided close to $100 million to 179 police departments around the country, which will allow 802 full-time law enforcement officers to be hired.

About the Author: Staff Writer for GrantWatch.com