Funding Emergency Response and Using GrantsNet


How do we find money for emergency response?

How do I use GrantsNet?

Dear GrantDoctor, We are looking for grants and other types of funding in order to expand our scope of outreach. We are a disaster response team. We primarily provide emergency medical treatment and transport. We also provide search-and-rescue operations as well as community training in disaster readiness.

We are made up of paramedics, firemen, emergency medical technicians, emergency nurses, and emergency physicians. We also have a special disaster-trained psychologist for team and community support. We are at a stage that we need to expand our readiness and response capabilities.

Thank you for your time and help,Ronald

Dear Ronald,

Your cause sounds like a good one and I expect you will find funding for your outreach activities. The best place to start would be the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which has assistance programs that might suit your needs. Another good site for general information would be EmergencyNet, which you can search for programs specific to your geographic area.

There are myriad charities, many of them church-related, such as Catholic Charities USA, that provide logistical and financial support to disaster response teams. To find an extensive list of such charities, check out the Chronicle of Philanthropy. And be sure to visit the Web sites of the American Red Cross and the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster for further links to potential funding sources.

As you may know, school districts are increasingly interested in access to emergency response teams. So another option might be to approach your local school administrators with the idea of co-authoring grant proposals to organizations such as the U.S. Department of Education's Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program.

Best of luck,

--The GrantDoctor

I've just discovered GrantsNet and want to know if you could give a quick lesson on how to use it.

An Eager GrantsNet User

Dear Eager,

It's so nice to know that you have discovered GrantsNet, Next Wave's sister site. It is most definitely The Place to find specific information about funding possibilities, and it's a free service, thanks to the sponsorship of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Here is a brief visitor's guide to the site. ...

When you call up the GrantsNet home page, the first thing you'll need to do is register, which you can do by clicking on the "Go" button in the middle of the home page. The registration screen asks for information such as your name and e-mail address. Once you've registered, you'll have a user name and password that you can use whenever you need to consult GrantsNet for advice. (And don't worry if you forget either one of these; if you exercise the ID locator function, GrantsNet will send your login information to your e-mail address.)

If you look to the bottom of the GrantsNet home page you'll find some of the other advantages of registering. For example, listed under the "Members" banner are such useful tools as My GrantsNet, which allows you to customize and save your searches. You can also sign up to receive e-mail alerts from GrantsNet when new funding programs are added to the database or when the site's monthly news page is updated. On the left side of the home page, you'll see links to the search engine, funding news, discussion forums, and resources. Checking out these links will help you get acquainted with GrantsNet's myriad capabilities.

If you click on the Search Now! link (or the Search for Grants button at upper left), you will pull up a page that allows you to search within broad categories. The "meat" of GrantsNet--the listings of each funding program and award--can be searched via the Undergraduate and Graduate and PostGraduate databases. But on the Funding Directory page you can also search a broad list of funding agencies that may or may not have grants listed in GrantsNet.

I can't tell from your question which of these categories might be most applicable to your research, but let's say that you're interested in grants for graduate work. Here's what you might do: After entering the required fields (i.e., one or more of the "Training" levels at which you're looking for funding, and either "Individual" or "Institutional" under "Type of Application"), you could search the Graduate and PostGraduate database by clicking off any research areas that you're interested in. If you don't see anything in the preassigned categories that seems to fit, then try typing your subject area in the Text Search window at the bottom of the page. (Just a note of caution: The text search function is currently undergoing a face-lift and may be inoperative for brief periods. But if so, please try again soon as we don't expect it to be down for very long.)

If you want to get an overview of what's out there, or if you have specific grant agencies in mind, then browse the Funding Directory, where grant agencies, listed in alphabetical order, are profiled, often with links to their own Web pages.

Happy searching,

--The GrantDoctor

Due to the high volume of questions received, The GrantDoctor cannot answer all queries on an individual basis. Look for an answer to your question published in this column soon! Thank you!

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