School Programs Qualify for Public Safety Funding

Fire_preventionFoundation: FM Global; Program: 2016 Fire Prevention Grant Program; Funding Focus: Fire safety and education; Geographic Focus: National; Eligibility: Nonprofits, schools and governments; Funding: Varies, grants usually range from $3,000 to $5,000 each (the group made $3.7 million in grants last year); Deadline: Rolling; (see below).

Summary: Schools and youth groups should look at this funder for support for fire safety education programs. The insurance conglomerate supports a wide array of fire prevention, preparedness and education programs. Fire departments as well as governments, schools and community organizations are eligible to apply. For past awards, grant recipients may reapply for funding three years from the date of their initial award letter.  

Youth groups are eligible to apply, but to qualify they must be a 501(c)(3).  Education efforts have benefited in the past; the company recently gave $2,500 to the Lowell (MI) Area Fire Department towards the purchase of coloring books and brochures to be distributed during fire safety sessions at local schools. And, it gave $10,000 to the Saint Catherine School, Manchester, NH, for an elementary school fire safety education program. For a list of past grantees, go to


Grant applications are reviewed three times per year. Deadlines for receipt of applications are April 1, Aug. 1 and Dec. 1. Decisions on awards will be made approximately two-to-three months after the deadline.

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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.

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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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