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  • Looking for Grant Writer

    We are looking for a grant writer for a North Alabama Fire Department. I need names, contact numbers, and maybe pricing and references.

    Thank you.

  • #2
    There are 2 very respected grant writers that you can contact.

    Brian Vickers aka BC79er

    www.firegraphics.org

    Kurt Bradley aka ktb9780

    www.chiefgrants.com

    Both can be contacted through their websites or contacted through their forum profiles.

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    • #3
      The Good Guys > Brian and Kurt

      If you use a professional grant writer these two are the good guys. As grant writers their organizations do it right even when it puts money in your pocket not theirs. I take any opportunity to thank them for all the help they have given me and we are four for five. Have a safe day.

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      • #4
        I work through 2 vendors covering apparatus and equipment in Alabama as their free grant resource. No sense in paying money when you don't have to.

        I'm also going to be in Lauderdale County on March 6th teaching a free workshop for any fire departments that want to show up. I'll have the location and registration info on my site by tomorrow, just got back from Illinois an hour ago. 'Tis the season.
        Brian P. Vickers
        www.vickersconsultingservices.com
        Emergency Services Consulting
        Westlake VFD - Houston, TX
        Proud Member IACOJ - Redneck Division

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        • #5
          Humor: Grant Writer

          Just a little humor from the AFG Workshop I went to last night. There was a "professional grant writer" there, and there was a little pause and chuckle in the air when the presenter was talking about equipment, giving what are highest priority items, like turnouts, etc.. Then it happened, the grant writer asked what turnouts and turnout gear was.....


          I think Kurt and Brian know what turnout gear is, but you may want to quiz them first, heh. Just make sure whoever you choose for a grant writer is some what familiar with the fire industry, I can only assume that would help a little bit.

          Bruce
          Bruce Arp
          2nd Asst. Chief
          Weston Volunteer Fire & Resuce
          http://www.westonfire.com

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          • #6
            Well it hasn't been that long since I put mine on, only a month or so. But that's because I've been on the road.

            Familiarity with the subject is crucial in any writing endeavour. That's why I haven't had a chance to dig as deeply in LE grants save for the handful I've done. Or education grants. That's why I think I've been so successful, I've been using the stuff for 14 years. Also why I've been training municipal grant writers on AFG, it's not that they don't know what they're doing on grants, they just don't know the subject. So I tell the FDs to train them, problem solved. Take them to the station, show them the stuff, have them put some on, etc, etc.
            Brian P. Vickers
            www.vickersconsultingservices.com
            Emergency Services Consulting
            Westlake VFD - Houston, TX
            Proud Member IACOJ - Redneck Division

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            • #7
              Originally posted by lemontfire View Post
              If you use a professional grant writer these two are the good guys. As grant writers their organizations do it right even when it puts money in your pocket not theirs. I take any opportunity to thank them for all the help they have given me and we are four for five. Have a safe day.

              Thanks guy!
              Kurt Bradley
              Fire/EMS/EMA Grant Consultant
              " Never Trade Skill for Luck"

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              • #8
                Originally posted by BC79er View Post
                I work through 2 vendors covering apparatus and equipment in Alabama as their free grant resource. No sense in paying money when you don't have to.

                I'm also going to be in Lauderdale County on March 6th teaching a free workshop for any fire departments that want to show up. I'll have the location and registration info on my site by tomorrow, just got back from Illinois an hour ago. 'Tis the season.
                Who are the vendors?

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                • #9
                  www.firegraphics.org, Grants link. Wouldn't be proper for me to post it. Others yes, me no, since I work with them.
                  Brian P. Vickers
                  www.vickersconsultingservices.com
                  Emergency Services Consulting
                  Westlake VFD - Houston, TX
                  Proud Member IACOJ - Redneck Division

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                  • #10
                    MDuran, just an FYI we're doing another set, one up in Marshall and one in Russell if they're closer for you.
                    Brian P. Vickers
                    www.vickersconsultingservices.com
                    Emergency Services Consulting
                    Westlake VFD - Houston, TX
                    Proud Member IACOJ - Redneck Division

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                    • #11
                      mduran,

                      Please do not take offense, but why do you think you need a grant writer for the AFG program.

                      Also please note, there is absolutly no disrespect implied with regard to Brian and Kurt. Their knowledge, which has been freely shared in this forum has been a tremendous asset to me personally.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by AFD333 View Post
                        mduran,

                        Please do not take offense, but why do you think you need a grant writer for the AFG program.

                        Also please note, there is absolutly no disrespect implied with regard to Brian and Kurt. Their knowledge, which has been freely shared in this forum has been a tremendous asset to me personally.
                        Time I didn't know if I would have time this year. I have been writing the grants, thought I might have been doing something wrong. After reviewing a neighboring departments narrative it looked like they copied my narrative. They received the grant and we didn't. Only difference was that they hired a grant writer.

                        I have been checking into some things and have been told that you have to purchase from whom ever the grant writer tells you to. I don't think that should be going on. If you get a grant bid laws should be used and awarded according to the laws not from someone telling you who to buy from.

                        I know of one department that got a grant for a truck and the company that they wanted didn't win the bids for a new pumper. So they rebid after seeing other company's bids and the company that they wanted won the bid second time around.

                        I personally think that there is alot of polictics going on with these grants. I will more than likely write our grant again even if we don't win a grant I can say I tried to do it HONESTLY and within the bid laws if we win a grant.

                        This is not pointed towards Kurt and Brian from all I have seen over the last couple of years is that they are great guy's who are willing to share their knowledge and help other departments. Thanks for your Help Kurt and Brian and hope you continue to help.

                        Thanks for your information.

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                        • #13
                          I have been checking into some things and have been told that you have to purchase from whom ever the grant writer tells you to. I don't think that should be going on. If you get a grant bid laws should be used and awarded according to the laws not from someone telling you who to buy from.
                          Not true at all. You have to legally bid everything. Both the departments and the vendors I work with know that the award winners have to get two bids, no excuses. That's why I don't get involved in the bidding, not my department, not my stuff to use when it's bought. The vendors I work with haven't gotten all of the orders for what I worked on through them, and so be it. That's what happens in capitalistic societies. The law says two bids, also says you have to take low unless reasons exist for taking the other (service, location, company reputation, etc).
                          Brian P. Vickers
                          www.vickersconsultingservices.com
                          Emergency Services Consulting
                          Westlake VFD - Houston, TX
                          Proud Member IACOJ - Redneck Division

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                          • #14
                            Ditto on that! I would love to be able to play that game... sole source. No, as I always put into every grant " local procurement policies will be followed and if cost savings are realized, AFG guidelines will be adhered to."
                            Kurt Bradley
                            Fire/EMS/EMA Grant Consultant
                            " Never Trade Skill for Luck"

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by mduran View Post
                              I have been checking into some things and have been told that you have to purchase from whom ever the grant writer tells you to. I don't think that should be going on. If you get a grant bid laws should be used and awarded according to the laws not from someone telling you who to buy from.

                              If someone offered me such a deal, I would turn them down, blacklist them
                              to everyone I know, and turn them into DHS. Simple.

                              Has some company told you that directly? I would love to drop a dime on them!

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