Grant Writing Assistance for the Firefighting Industry

by Dec 12, 2023Blog

Annual Grant Assistance Program

Ward Diesel Filter Systems believes in giving back to our fire department heroes who spend their lives helping others. Ward Diesel is offering its annual grant assistance program for fire departments with exhaust removal systems projects to promote safety and wellness with the Ward Diesel NO SMOKE exhaust filtration system. Ward Diesel is partnering with FireGrantsHelp to further assist fire departments in writing their grant proposals as well.

“We have partnered with the experts at Lexipol’s FireGrantsHelp to offer the Grant Assistance Program to agencies like yours. For over 15 years, FireGrantsHelp has been assisting local government agencies with grant research, writing, and consultation – resulting in over $300M in grant award funding!”

“Our partnership in this program offers assistance in finding and selecting a grant best suited for our NO SMOKE Exhaust Filtration System, along with feedback on grant applications before your agency submits – at no cost to you. Need additional help? The Grant Assistance Program also offers agencies a 25% discount on grant writing services with our grant experts,” stated Scott Beecher, President and Owner of Ward Diesel Filter Systems.

Here’s what you need to know about how to write a grant for the fire department industry:

4 Steps to Write a Successful Grant Proposal

FireGrantsHelp provides grant preparation assistance for fire departments, volunteers, and firefighters. They organize their grant writing process into distinct stages to create the most robust grant proposal possible.

Step 1: Define Your Project

First, you need to have a specific project in mind you want to gain funding support for. In this case, Ward Diesel Filter Systems is providing support for fire departments searching for grant funding in the Exhaust Removal Systems category.

As you define your project, you will need to include the following information in your grant proposal:

  • How will the funding solve a problem
  • The negative impact on your fire department and/or community if your project does not receive funding
  • A complete list of your project’s costs organized into a budget
  • Have your DUNS confirmation or SAM registration

Step 2: Search for Funding

Once you have your project parameters defined, you need to search for a funding opportunity that will meet your needs. The Exhaust Removal Systems grant is an AFG (Assistance to Firefighters Grant) by FEMA. The AFG is available to fire departments and non-affiliated emergency medical service organizations to meet their needs.

Ward Diesel and FireGrantsHelp also have resources to help firefighters and fire departments find other grants and funding they may be eligible to apply for.

Step 3: Prepare Your Info and Submit Your Grant Application

Before you can submit your grant proposal application, review the grant requirements and make sure you have all the required information in the proper formats. Overlooking these tiny details could make you ineligible for grant funding, even if your proposal is outstanding.

Once you have reviewed your information, you can begin to assemble your application. With Ward Diesel’s grant assistance program, you have access to grant application review services to ensure everything is filled out correctly and you have the best chance of being awarded grant funding for your specific exhaust removal systems project. The writers at FireGrantsHelp will craft a meaningful narrative for your grant application, develop and edit your proposal text, and assist you with submitting it.

Step 4: Receive Grant Funding Notice and Start Project

The wait time until you receive notification if you’ve been awarded grant funding or not can vary from one week to 12 months.

If your application has not been accepted, you can request feedback to learn more about why your application was not accepted and how to improve it in the future. With some grants, you may be able to resubmit an updated application, so be sure to follow up.

If you have been selected to receive grant funding, you can start initiating the steps of your project outlined in your proposal. Make sure to follow the instructions and requirements associated with the grant funds. In the future, you may be audited, so it’s imperative you properly store and track all essential information associated with your project.

If you plan to apply for the same grant at any point in the future, ensure you have fully completed and closed out the grant process. Failure to complete the grant application lifecycle may make you ineligible to reapply in the future.

Ward Diesel is proud to support firefighters and emergency responders with their vital work in our communities. We offer grant assistance services through our partnership with FireGrantsHelp to maximize your chances of receiving funding for important exhaust removal systems projects.

Want help completing your grant proposal? Check out our Grants page for more information!