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   Current Grant Opportunities  

The Community Connect program serves rural communities where broadband service is least likely to be available, but where it can make a tremendous difference in the quality of life for citizens. The projects funded by these grants will help rural residents tap into the enormous potential of the Internet. The application window for the 2014 Fiscal Year Community Connect program is currently open. Applications must be submitted by July 7, 2014 in order to be considered for funding.

This funding opportunity from the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health focuses on the risk behaviors of at-risk minority male youth at critical stages in their lives and improving long-term outcomes to increase the quality of their lives. Eligible applicants include universities, colleges, research institutions, hospitals, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, and others. Applications will be accepted through June 13, 2014.

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking applications for funding to develop knowledge about the effects of personnel, programs, and activities on school safety in the United States. Funds are available to local education agencies (LEAs), public charter schools that are recognized as an LEA and state educational agencies (SEAs). Applicants are expected to enter into an agreement to partner with highly qualified researchers and research organizations to test whether an intervention (e.g., additional personnel (such as school resource officers or mental health service providers), programs, policies, or activities) help us understand what works in making schools safer. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on July 10, 2014.

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), Illinois Terrorism Task Force received an announcement on March 18, 2014 by the Grants Program Directorate/FEMA, U.S. Department of Homeland Security of a grant opportunity that nonprofit organizations in one of the FY 2014 UASI-eligible urban areas, including the Chicago Urban Area of Cook County and the City of Chicago, are eligible to apply for. The Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 UASI Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP)will provide a total of $13,000,000 nationally to eligible 501(c)(3) organizations who are deemed at high-risk of a potential terrorist attack.

For additional information and eligibility requirements, click here.

The Innovative Food Defense Program grants are designed to generate food defense tools and resources that are easily replicated and can complement, aid in the development of, or improve state, local, tribal and territorial food defense programs. Eligible applicants include state governments, county governments, city or township governments, and Native American tribal governments. This program has multiple application deadlines: June 15, 2013, and June 15, 2014.


As an agency of the U.S. Department of Justice, The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) administers federal funds to support victim services, provides training for diverse professionals who work with victims, develops projects to enhance victims' rights and services, and undertakes public education and advocacy activities on behalf of crime victims. OVC offers five categories of assistance to respond to terrorism and mass violence: crisis response, consequence management, criminal justice support, crime victim compensation, and training and technical assistance. Eligible applicants for funds include state victim assistance and victim compensation programs; U.S. Attorneys Offices; victim service and nongovernmental organizations; and federal, state, and local governments.


The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Community Facility Grants Program provides grants to assist in the development of essential community facilities in rural areas and towns of up to 20,000 in population. Grants are authorized on a graduated scale, with applicants in small communities with low populations and low incomes receiving a higher percentage of grants. Grants are available to public entities such as municipalities, counties, and special-purpose districts, as well as non-profit corporations and tribal governments. Grant funds may be used to construct, enlarge, or improve community facilities for health care, public safety, and community and public services. This can include the purchase of equipment required for a facility's operation.


Thousands of law enforcement professionals in the United States and around the world are working in dangerous environments, and they do not have a ballistic vest to protect them. In addition, thousands of officers are graciously provided new ballistic vests every five years. While the manufacturer warranty may be expired, often the vest will still effectively protect those that do not have one. The Armor of God Project recycles used ballistic vests and provides them to officers that need them.


Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has a program to help emergency service entities obtain life-saving equipment as well as fire prevention, safety, and disaster preparedness educational tools. If your fire department or Fire Corps program is located in a community served by a Firehouse Subs restaurant, consider applying for needed equipment and/or fire prevention resources.


Grants are awarded on an ongoing basis throughout the year. However, there is no typical "application" process or deadline. Instead, fire departments are encouraged to complete a survey, which is shared with employees and independent agents interesting in nominating a fire department for a grant.

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Federal Emergency Management Agency

    Comprehensive listing of FEMA Grants and Assistance Programs

    FEMA's Technical Assistance (TA) Services provide direct assistance to state and local jurisdictions in building and sustaining capabilities in support of the four homeland security mission areas (prevention, protection, response, recovery). All TA services are available to eligible recipients at no charge.

    The Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) Technical Assistance Program provides free instruction and assistance with the planning, governance, operational, and technical aspects of developing and implementing interoperable communications initiatives. All OEC technical assistance services may be combined or tailored to meet the specific needs of the requesting organization. The OEC Technical Assistance Catalog describes the services available to requesting jurisdictions or organizations and contains a technical assistance request form and instructions on how to complete and submit a request.

Law Enforcement
    Related grants through the Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Program are administered by the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System (ILEAS). For more information, visit the ILEAS website and click on Grant Resources.
Fire Service and Emergency Medical Services
    The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) is a program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Grants are awarded to fire departments to enhance their ability to protect the public and fire service personnel from fire and related hazards. The following types of grants are available: Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG), Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S), Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER), and Assistance to Firefighters Fire Station Construction Grants (SCG). The website provides a description of available grants and offers resources to help fire departments prepare and submit grant requests.

    View the AFG Get Ready Guide 2013

    Click here for information on the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS).

Citizen Corps Program
    Grants through the State Homeland Security Grant Program--Citizen Corps Program are administered through the State Administrative Agency (Illinois Terrorism Task Force). These grants are specifically for registered Citizen Corps Councils in Illinois. For information on how to become a council, available grant funding, and other frequently asked questions, visit the Citizen Corps webpage or call (217) 558-1334.
Public Health Responder Knowledge Base
    The Responder Knowledge Base (RKB) provides emergency responders, purchasers, and planners with a trusted, integrated, online source of information on products, standards, certifications, grants, and other equipment-related information. The RKB website also provides links to FEMA preparedness grants and other grants.
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