Community & Emergency Preparedness Grants Possible Neighborhood Grant Ideas
Projects must enhance community resiliency, proactively prepare for emergencies and strengthen the community’s ability to respond to and recover from emergencies, disasters, or crime. The grants will provide funding for outreach, materials, and events to increase communication and connections within the community.
The following are possible ideas that might be considered for the Community & Emergency Preparedness Grants Program.
Emergency Preparedness Related include:
- Hosting a training workshop or talk in your neighborhood.
- Paying for a local facility (like a local school) in which to host a PEP class for the neighborhood. SCCFD will do the training for free.
- Subsidizing emergency kits for neighbors to purchase at a reduced rate.
- Subsidizing “Go bags” for neighbors to purchase at a reduced rate.
- Hosting a drill followed by a block party.
- Paying for a group of neighborhood residents to take CPR.
- Purchasing yard signs for BAT leaders.
- Hosting a National Night Out Block Party.
- Hosting a social event to connect neighbors, learn about the BAT program, and increase community.
- Publishing a neighborhood directory with contact information for each family.
- Holding a seminar on preventing scams that take advantage of seniors.
- Hosting a youth event in the neighborhood to learn about emergency preparedness.
- Hiring someone (a student?) to help set up a Google or Facebook group for your neighborhood.
Note: We recommend that BAT leaders, CERTs, and HAMs connect if they are in or near the same neighborhood. That way you can work together to brainstorm grant ideas. CERTs and HAMs could help BAT leaders craft a grant proposal that includes supplies, equipment and/or training related items.
Some possible ideas for these collaborations include:
- Purchasing FRS radios for the registered emergency preparedness volunteers the neighborhood, training and a communications exercise.
- Purchasing packet and voice radio equipment and establishing an EIRS site in or near a BAT.
- Stocking a neighborhood supply of emergency preparedness equipment/supplies like water, food rations, first aid supplies, purchasing supplies for neighborhood emergency medical packs and conducting disaster first aid training (i.e. CERT Medical Ops training for the neighborhood).
- Purchasing supplies and training for setting up a neighborhood command post.
Neighborhood Watch Related include:
- Purchasing Neighborhood Watch signs that are posted at each end of the block.
- Paying for a local facility (like a local school) to host a Crime Prevention class for the neighborhood. Los Altos Police Dept. will do the training for free.
- Hosting a seminar on home security cameras (separately or as an add-on to the above Crime Prevention class).