Here at Thin Blue Line Reporting, our Grant Writing Team is gearing up for the next year of grants available for California agencies, which begins later this month.You too can ensure your agency gets the most funding available by reading the following advice.
1) Start now! Planning ahead is the #1 most important thing you can do to secure grant funding. The process from writing an application to receiving awarded funds is very lengthy, and the sooner you start, the more you’ll be glad you didn’t wait. It’s helpful to have a spreadsheet with a due-date timeline and calendar reminders along the way so you don’t forget anything important. We also recommend looking for a wide variety of different grants. Not only are Federal grants available, but there are plenty of private and non-profit grants for law enforcement as well. This is a good time to start reallocating funds, both short term and long term, into your budget for new technologies.
2) Have a team of three to four people go over the grants meticulously, write the answers out carefully, and proofread them diligently. There is no more important time to be detail-oriented than when applying for grants- don’t let a verbage error be the thing stopping you from bettering your agency and your community! “Failure to follow instructions is a top reason proposals fail, and the rigorous federal review program leaves little room for error.” (http://www.tgci.com/federal-grants-season-here%E2%80%94are-you-ready) One recommendation is to begin by writing up the questions straight from the grant to begin to create an outline for a good response.
3) Test the products you want to try: policegrantshelp.com recommends forming a Police Technology Unit (PTU) that vets out and tests new technologies that the agency is looking to acquire. You may know a department that spent thousands to millions of dollars on technology that just sits on their shelves due to either poor product performance or bad customer/technical support. Vetting out a product first is a great way to make sure this doesn’t happen to you.
And of course, if you’re looking to adopt the best tablet based reporting solution for your agency, our experienced Grant Writing Team will help you secure grant funding ourselves. Give us a call at (909)621-1072 or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll help you out.
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