The Most Common Sources for Police Grants

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Securing funding for your agency can be an incredibly difficult endeavor. Even though the US collectively spends $100 billion a year on policing, the share of that that comes out of the general fund often leaves a shortfall.

So, it’s time to start thinking about law enforcement equipment grants.

Filling the Gap with Law Enforcement Equipment Grants

Each year, agencies around the country turn to law enforcement equipment grants (among other police grants) to help fill that necessary gap in funding.

As an agency looking for additional funding, it’s important to understand the process for securing grants. Grant funding requests can be time-consuming and application due dates often come faster than you think.

For improved chances in securing law enforcement equipment grants, the best thing you can give is time. You want to dedicate time to your grant writing, so you can clearly and succinctly express your needs.

To start learning the basics of police grants, you need to know the sources of police department grant funding. Learn more in our Grant Funding Guide.

Sources of Grant Funding

Grant funding originates from one of three major sources: the US government, individual state governments and private entities. While each of these revenue sources may figure into your organization’s annual budget, it’s important to identify how each of these funding sources is unique in order to select the appropriate funding tool for your project.

Federal Funding

The federal government issues more than $500 billion in grant awards each year through its 26 grant-making agencies. These grants are the largest in both award size and scale.

Each program focuses on a broad priority intended to fit a national audience. As such, federal grant proposals demand the most comprehensive projects, often with multiple action steps related to policy development, research, officer training and cross-agency collaboration.

State Funding

Funding state governments distribute additional funding using local tax proceeds or dollars “passed-through” from a federal agency. In general, grants from state agencies offer a much lower application burden than federal funders. Programs are designed to support local priorities and demand fewer action steps from applicants.

State awards are considerably smaller and often require a local, non-federally sourced funding match from the applicant.

Funding/Corporation Giving

Private giving provides an additional $50 billion each year in funding. This support is great for those small, community-based projects that fall outside the parameters of government grants.

Some foundations prefer to add value to an existing project, rather than grow a new initiative from launch. To align with these efforts, applicants often pair this funding with an existing state or federal grant or use foundation funding to ease state/federal grant requirements for a local match.

Download our 2019 Grant Funding Guide

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