How will you be guaranteed for Assistance to Firefighter Grant by FEMA?
First off, a successful grant proposal has to have three main elements to win you that award. There is nothing more frustrating than spending a great amount of time writing a narrative that does not meet their standards. You can hire a professional writer to do all of the work for you and hope that they can get it right the first time with the amount of money you will spend on their services. However and whoever does your proposal definitely needs the following elements to achieve your goal:
A great narrative targeting your community and the population in detail.
The difficult situation (problem) you are encountering in your community or targeted population that describes an immediate call to action.
A fully detailed solution to end the problem and how the grant will help.
Make sure you dot your I’s and cross your T’s.
When your narrative is not concise and to the point, the reviewer may become discouraged and uninterested. When reviewing your proposal, the reader may become confused and unclear to what your narrative is truly asking for. Never ramble on with your sentences and steer away from the main topic. A well-organized proposal is one that the viewer can measure, interpret and understand.
What can you do to help ensure a successful proposal?
Brainstorm with members of your community such as parents, school employees, political leaders and anyone else you think that can help you solve the problem you are facing to protect your community. This will form a support group that affects everyone and the ideas of solutions will pour in to help your proposal become successful.
Did you say deadlines?
Keep a close eye on the deadlines and do not wait until the last minute to start your proposal. Getting started early on your narrative proposal will only help beat the deadlines. Your grant only runs for a time limit to complete your solution. However, depending on how big the project is, you will not complete the project with the funds you are granted and may need another grant. If for any reason, your proposal is rejected, try and try again. Revise your proposal to make it sell and strengthen the weaker areas.
Why was your proposal rejected?
Some of you who have been rejected before may see responses that read “Your fire department’s proposals don’t match our priorities” and “Your department isn’t located in the geographic area we fund”. These are common reasons for the rejected proposal. Make sure you follow the format that they require. Do not be vague and unclear of what you are proposing. Be realistic and ask for the amount that is only needed for your solution to the problem. Sometimes they may reject you because they don’t have you in their database, but sell yourself and the importance in your proposal to avoid this rejection. Your narrative should stress the urgency of your problem and solution. As I stated before, avoid deadlines and prove that if you receive the grant, you can complete the project in time.
What should you do once you receive the decision?
No matter what the decision is, be thankful you were heard and given the opportunity for a grant. Always thank everyone involved from your support team to the grant committee. This will let everyone know that you are thankful and humble. This will also secure a welcome mat the next time you submit your proposal.
I want to conclude this article by saying good luck on your grant proposals. I would also like to thank you all for risking your lives for our communities.