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Sherie Sanders

Sherie Sanders is the content coordinator for eCivis. On hiatus from academia, where she taught sociology, political science, and information literacy, she contributes, coordinates, and recruits for the eCivis’ blog. (If you have a story to tell about grants, let her know.) She has previously worked for local government and volunteered for nonprofits. Her hobbies include being a freelance muse for the sociological imagination and pack leader in name only to two rescue dogs. Email her at ssanders@ecivis.com
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Service Grants in Memory of 9/11

To commemorate the sixteenth anniversary of September 11, 2001, we bring you two programs inspired by this national tragedy that encourage service to others as a way to remember the occasion.

Disaster Relief, Recovery, and Prevention Programs

Image Courtesy of FEMA

Even before Hurricane Harvey, natural disasters have been on the increase in the the United States. Ninety-one storms, wild fires, earthquakes, heat waves, and other weather-related events caused 2016 to tie as the second worst year on record. Nineteen floods were the highest number documented since they started keeping track in 1980. As September is Natural Preparedness Month, we have compiled several resources for disaster-related grants, from an upcoming FEMA mitigation and prevention program to lesser-known opportunities for restoration and replenishment after they occur. While most people are already aware of federal aid and major relief organizations like the Red Cross, the need for funding to help life get back to normal in ways big and small goes on long after the initial crisis is over.

Wetlands Conservation - 3 Funding Sources

Whether they are protecting the air conditioner in our home or the engine in our car, most of us rarely give those hard working filters a second thought, until they stop doing their job. Only when something goes wrong do we recognize their importance. When it comes to the environment, wetlands are Mother Nature’s equivalent to those essential maintenance filters. In fact, according to the EPA, the economic value of the earth’s wetlands is estimated at $14.9 trillion. Yet, like so many other things in our daily life that we take for granted, we rarely think about them or fully appreciate their true value.

The 2017 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG)

The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) is the primary source of federal funding to law enforcement agencies. Named after Edward Byrne, a second generation New York City police officer who gave his life in the line of duty, the purpose of JAG is to prevent and reduce violent crime. A hallmark of the grant is the wide variety of justice-related programs it supports, from nurturing human potential to stop crime before it starts, to investing in the most sophisticated technology to abate it after it happens. Both states and local governments can receive the grant, but the state and local solicitations have two separate deadlines. Although the priorities for both are the same, the information below refers primarily to the local solicitation portion of the grant.

Laura Bush's Library Legacy

First ladies advocate for causes that matter to them, often long after they leave the White House. A former school teacher and librarian, Laura Bush's priorities are reading and literacy. The following two grants are inspired by her passion: the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian program from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and a grant from her own foundation that encourages school children to develop a genuine love of learning.

Fire Department  Grants for Equipment and More: The Leary Foundation

On December 3, 1999, six firefighters from the Worcester Massachusetts fire department, known as the Worcester 6, lost their lives in an intense warehouse blaze.  Actor/comedian Denis Leary lost his first cousin Jeremiah Lucey and childhood friend Lt. Thomas Spencer in that fire. Moved by this tragedy, he created the The Leary Firefighters Foundation in the spring of 2000 to make sure fire personnel had the best training and equipment possible. Since then, with the help of other foundations and corporate partners, it has provided over $10 million for the brethren of the Worcester 6. While the Jeremiah Lucey Grant Program initially served paid departments in New York, Massachusetts, and Detroit, it has recently extended its scope of funding to both paid and volunteer departments in other areas of the country.

Germinating Greenways: A Million Mile Program

Who loves multi-use trails besides bikers, hikers, and outdoor enthusiasts? Home town businesses, chamber of commerce members, and just about anyone else who appreciates economic development in their community. A recent study by Connecticut's Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments and the University of Connecticut's Department of Agriculture estimates that a proposed local trail may have a return on investment of over 4.2 to 1. Like any other amenity, however, trails must be well designed from their inception to achieve maximum community benefits. That is why MillionMile Greenway not only offers funding to help establish trails, but advice and technical expertise to ensure projects will be successful from the start.

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