Actor’s Foundation Provides Grants to Firefighters

The Leary Firefighters Foundation is one of those small, unsung foundations that Grant Advisors Ray Sweeney and Frank Klimko are keen to promote to the Grant Advisors community.

The Leary Firefighters Foundation was founded in 2000 by actor Denis Leary in response to a fire that broke out in an abandoned warehouse in downtown Worcester, MA, which left six firefighters dead. One of them was Leary’s cousin, Jerry Lucey, whose death led to the creation of the Jeremiah Lucey Grant Program.

Deadline: Rolling (letters of inquiry and applications are reviewed as received); Multiple awards averaging $25,000 – $50,000 each;

These grants provide fire departments with funding and resources for modern equipment and training. The board invites grant requests from professional, uniformed fire departments in New York, Massachusetts and Detroit. There are no grants to individuals. Since the foundation was established in 2000, it has committed more than $6 million to purchase crucial firefighting equipment. In addition to the letter of inquiry, a project budget should be included.

Contact: or 212/343-0240

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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