hese proposals come from grant writers who are sharing their work as a way of assisting others. Thank you all very much. Some of the proposals are newly written, while others have now been funded and are marked Successfully Funded.

If you are willing to add one or more of your own proposals to this list (successful or not), please send me an email at richard@theideabank.com.

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At your service,

Richard Lambert,
President, The Idea Bank

Larry Wooten
Multi-County Fire Corps
Hinton, Oklahoma
Proposal for Portable Rehab Unit
Amount received: $87,536
2012 Proposal
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Beverly Bolton
City of North Las Vegas Fire Department
Proposal for Car Seat Installation Program
Amount received: $5,000
Grantor: State Farm
Successfully Funded 2011
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Thomas Petty
Harris County Fire Marshal's Office
Humble, Texas
Proposal forJuvenile Fire Intervention
Amount received: $5,000
2011 NFPA Proposal
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Kevin McSweeney
University of Delaware
Newark, Delaware
Proposal for Student Housing Safe Cooking
Amount received: $84,660
Successfully Funded (2010 FEMA Grant)
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Michelle Peltier
City of Sparks Fire Department
Sparks, NV
Proposal for fire prevention education programs
Amount received: $32,592
Successfully Funded (2009 FEMA Grant)
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Judy Steinert
Fillmore Fire Department
West Bend, WI
Proposal for fire prevention equipment and materials
Amount received: $4,470
Successfully Funded (2008 FEMA Grant)
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Chief Steve Schreiber
Black River Falls Fire Department
Black River Falls, WI
Proposal for two SCBA Fill Stations
Amount received: $8,550
Successfully Funded (2008 AFG Grant)
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Chief Steve Schreiber
Black River Falls Fire Department
Black River Falls, WI
Proposal for Personal Protective Equipment
Amount received: $67,488
Successfully Funded (2007 AFG Grant)
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Chuck Garris
Pleasanton Volunteer Fire Department
Pleasanton, Texas
Proposal for a Fire Safety House
Amount received: $27,698

Successfully Funded (2007 AFG Grant)
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Darryl Rausch, Fire Chief
Monroe, Wisconsin Fire Department
Proposal for mobile data system and pagers
Amount received: $345,017

Successfully Funded (2007 AFG Grant)
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Christian Ulrich
Lexington-Fayette Fire & Emergency Services
Lexington, Kentucky
Proposal for Modifications to Facilities
Amount received: $308,498

Successfully Funded (2007 AFG Grant)
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Darryl Rausch, Fire Chief
Monroe, Wisconsin Fire Department
Proposal for Respiratory Equipment and Training
Amount received: $77,716

Successfully Funded (2006 AFG Grant)
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Dolly Hulin
Thomasville Fire Department
Thomasville, NC
Proposal for public education equipment and materials
Amount received: $31,862

Successfully Funded (2005 FEMA Grant)
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Miranda Kustrich
Hudson, Wisconsin Fire Department
Proposal for building safety equipment
Amount received: $94,500

Successfully Funded (2005 AFG Grant)
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Tim Allen
Auburn Fire Department
Auburn, Maine
Proposal for Juvenile Firesetting Education
Amount received: $28,000

Successfully Funded (2005 FEMA Grant)
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Shelley Smith
Spectrum Health Regional Burn Center
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Proposal Title: "The New Homeowner's Guide to Fire Safety"
Amount requested: $55,440
Submitted in the 2005 AFG Fire Prevention Program
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Jerry Layne
Massillon, Ohio Fire Department
Proposal for water rescue equipment
Amount received: $3,390.79
Successfully Funded (two local sources)
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Jen Collins-Brown
Topsfield, MA Fire Department
Proposal for personal protective equipment
Amount received: $44,260
Successfully Funded (2004 AFG Grant)
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Brett Semingson
Eleva, Wisconsin Volunteer Fire Department
Proposal for personal protective equipment
Amount received $66,266.
Successfully Funded (2004 Fire Act Grant)
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Fire Chief Farley Gruber
Columbia Township Fire Department
Columbia, Michigan
Proposal for tanker/tender
Amount requested: $180,000
Submitted in the 2005 AFG Program
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Clyde Cross
Gratiot, Wisconsin Volunteer Fire Department
Proposal for turnout gear, scba, pagers and portable radios
Amount received: $66,034.
Successfully Funded (2005 Fire Act Grant)
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Michael Feinberg
Amesbury, MA Fire Department
Proposal Title: MAYDAY, MAYDAY, MAYDAY
Proposal to update communications system
Amount received: $230,495.
Successfully Funded (2004 Fire Act Grant)
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Michael Feinberg
Lynnfield, MA Fire Department
Proposal Title: Welcome to the Antiques Roadshow
Proposal to update aging vehicles
Amount received: $180,000
Successfully Funded (2003 Fire Act Grant)
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Kyle Foreman
Ephrata, Washington Fire Department
Proposal for portable radios, SCBA microphones, voice synthesizers, mobile radios, radio/intercom headsets, thermal imaging camera
Amount requested: $102,730. Received $92,457
Successfully Funded (2004 Fire Act Grant)
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Dick King
Hillsboro, Missouri Fire Protection District
Proposal for (14) SCBAs and (14) carbon cylinders and (20) face pieces
Amount requested: $61,334.
Successfully Funded (2004 Fire Act Grant)
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John DeIorio
Palm Beach, Florida Fire Rescue
Proposal for (2) Direct Capture Diesel Exhaust Extraction Systems
Amount requested: $66,863
Comment by the instructor: Well organized narrative. Effective use of statistics in summary.
Successfully Funded (2003 Fire Act Grant)
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Chris Caulkins
Woodbury, Minnesota Public Safety Dept.
Proposal Title: 12-Lead Monitor/Defibrillators
Amount requested: $41,600
Comment by the instructor: Chris, the large percentage of matching funds you are pledging will help persuade reviewers you are committed to this project. I predict you'll get it funded.
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Loren Charlston
Redmond, Washington Fire Department
Proposal Title: Multiple Casualty Incident Trailer
Amount requested: $8,023.50
Comment by instructor: This grant proposal was unsolicited and does not follow the traditional format. The bottom line is, Loren got it funded. Good work.
Successfully Funded
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Jill Craig
Austin, Texas Fire Department
Proposal Title: Safety Initative --A fitness/wellness program for firefighters
Amount requested: $10,000.
Successfully Funded
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Wayne Glidden
La Luz, New Mexico Fire Department
Proposal Title: Quick Attack Equal Safety and Savings
Amount requested: $97,000
Comment by the instructor: Well-organized and succinct...just what the funding sources look for in a proposal, Wayne. Good luck.
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Tom Harnsberger
Carroll Fire Protection District in Urbana, Illinois
Proposal Title: Extrication Equipment
Amount requested: $13,263
Successfully Funded
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Dan Hernandez
Monterey County, California Fire Chief's Association
Proposal Title: Breaking the Fire Department's Language Barrier
Amount requested: $48,500
Comment by the instructor: Excellent examples here of qualitative materials that are truly persuasive. Your story of the ill-fated Geberal Motors Nova campaign in Mexico is the perfect intro to your objectives section.
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Michael Holdeman
Porter Township (Michigan) Emergency Services
Proposal Title: Enhancing Porter Township
Emergency Services
Amount requested: $11,453
Comment by the instructor: Good research, Michael.
Looking around your own community and state can unearth little gems of opportunity, right? The harder you work, the luckier you get!

Successfully Funded
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Mark Klaene
High Rolls, New Mexico Volunteer Fire Department
Proposal Title: Quick Attack Wildland/Urban Interface Vehicle
Amount requested: $70,000
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Thomas Maloney
Polson, Montana Fire Department
Proposal Title: Thermal Imaging Camera
Amount requested: $25,850
Comment by the instructor: Very effective supporting materials, Thomas. I especially like your FAQ section.
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Geoff Maloon
Carmel Valley, California Fire Protection District
Proposal Title: Lowering the Devastating Costs of Firefighters With Poor Health
--A Fitness/Wellness Program
Amount requested: $75,500
Comment by the instructor: I like your Dickens' quote in the title subhead, Geoff. Nice touch. Also, your delayed lead technique in the problem statement draws the reader into your proposal very effectively.
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Shannon Marston
City of Nevada, Missouri Fire Department
Proposal Title: Preserving Life with a Thermal Imaging Camera
Amount requested: $19,458
Comment by the instructor: It's great to see another fire department seeking funds from a source other than FEMA. Your proposal is well organized, Shannon, and your qualitative supporting materials are very persuasive.
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Jay Neuman
Chester, California Fire Department
Sample Cover Letter
Amount requested: $200,000
Comment by the instructor: This is an example of a well-written cover letter...succinct and sincere. I always recommend a positive approach and in this letter the use of transitive verbs (rather than the conditional would or could) gives it added strength.
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Judy Pierce
Cape Coral, Florida Fire Department
Proposal Title: Emergency Operations Center Equipment
Amount requested: $158,147
Comment by the instructor: Good strategy, Judy...tieing your grant request into a larger city project. Your proposal (representing only 9% of the city's total outlay for the EOC) makes a very strong matching funds statement of credibility and commitment to the project.
Successfully Funded
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Ann Pond
Laramie, Wyoming Fire Department
Proposal Title: Paramedics Save Lives
--A training program for paramedics
Amount requested: $417,762
Comment by the instructor: This is an ambitious project, Ann. Your very thorough methodology section will show the reviewers you have planned it carefully, and I believe you have a good shot at getting it funded.
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Jeremy Rahn
Atwater, California Firefighters' Association
Proposal Title: Countdown to Survival
--A proposal for Automated External Defibrillators
Amount requested: $25,000
Comment by the instructor: Jeremy, this is one of the top three proposals I've seen this year in terms of clarity, design and overall concept. The Bank of America should come through for you.
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Gerald Simon
Oakland, California Fire Department
Proposal Title: The Oakland Fire Safe Hills, Prevention in Practice
Amount requested: $75,000
Comment by the instructor: A complex proposal that's easy to read because it's so well organized. The objectives, methodology and budget pages are especially well conceived and presented.
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Jeffrey Smith
Galveston, Texas Fire Department
Proposal Title: Saving Our Past From Fire --A proposal for thermal imaging cameras
Amount requested: $57,250
Comment by the instructor: This is one of my favorite success stories from our graduates...Great idea, Jeff!
Successfully Funded
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Devon Wells
Hood River, Oregon Fire Department
Proposal Title: Protecting Historical Hood River
--A proposal for thermal imaging cameras
Amount requested: $103,450
Comment by the instructor: You are a creative guy, Devon. This proposal is well conceived and clearly presented.
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