Linda Gilbertson

Linda Gilbertson is a grant professional with more than 15 years of experience writing grant applications, developing projects, and managing awarded grants for both nonprofits and government agencies. She has many years of law enforcement-related experience in grant writing, grant management, crime analysis, and research. In addition, she is an award-winning journalist specializing in government issues, and has secured more than $15 million in federal, state, and local grants during her career. Linda lives on Maui.
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Law Enforcement Grants and the Collaboration Component

Posted by Linda Gilbertson on Sep 16, 2015 4:00:00 AM

It’s common knowledge that you can't simply arrest your way out of a crime problem. Sure, getting the bad folks off the street is a great step toward deterrence (at least while they remain in jail), but that’s not a complete solution. Crime—or rather, the causes of crime—are highly complex, and there isn’t a law enforcement agency around that can fix that solely within the scope of their abilities.

And that’s where collaboration comes in. You may have noticed that a lot of federal grant programs these days include a collaboration component (see COPS below). It may seem like a burden in some ways, but once you see the positive aspects of partnering with an outside agency to make an impact on crime, you'll jump at the chance to collaborate.

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Topics: Law Enforcement, Partnerships

Good Press for Your Grantor

Posted by Linda Gilbertson on Jan 5, 2015 4:50:00 AM

So, you and your staff wrote a great grant application that was awarded. Your CEO wrote a letter thanking the funding agency for their generosity, which was sent along with the signed award documents to the agency in a timely manner.

Now you are all ready to get started on your very important project, right?

Not so fast. If the funding agency was a foundation or a corporation, as opposed to the federal or state government, for instance, you definitely need to take one more step: public acknowledgment of the gift.

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Topics: Grant Writing, Foundation Grants

FY2014 COPS Hiring Program (CHP)

Posted by Linda Gilbertson on May 15, 2014 8:23:00 AM

Over the past 20 years, the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) office has funded 125,000 police officers throughout the United States. The FY2014 COPS Hiring Program (CHP) competitive grant will be open soon, so now is the time to start working on your application. 

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Topics: Federal Grants, Law Enforcement

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