Archive for ◊ January, 2013 ◊

Author: admin
• Sunday, January 13th, 2013

We have a few very happy fire departments this year so far.

Kelley’s Island VFD, Southern Highland Joint Fire District and Freeport Community Volunteer Fire Department in Ohio.

Kelley’s Island VFD - First AFG award ever and they have been very fortunate to receive some much needed PPE and Equipment that for a fire department that provides services for an Island is crucial.

They will be able to purchase new turnout gear as well as a washer/dryer to keep their gear in good condition for many years. They will also be able to purchase new SCBA airpacks as well as a Fit Tester to make sure that they have properly fitted face pieces for each individual firefighter.

The total cost of this grant came to $113,900.00. Congratulations to Kelley’s Island VFD.

Southern Highland Joint Fire District - Will have the ability to properly monitor their EMS patients with the purchase of two (2) new heart monitors that were much needed. Each EMS unit will now have the proper equipment to monitor these heart patients. This much needed equipment will help to enhance the abilities of the fire department when responding to calls.

Congratulations on the award! Total cost of this project and award comes to $52,600.00

Freeport Community Volunteer Fire Department- Although this grant may seem small, to this fire department that depends on community support, this is huge. With the award of this grant, Freeport VFD will be able to purchase much needed rescue equipment and hand tools that they would not have been able to purchase on their own. This equipment will only enhance their abilities and they greatly thank the AFG for this opportunity.

The total cost of this grant comes to $8,200.00 but every penny is much appreciated. Congratulations Freeport!

Author: admin
• Sunday, January 13th, 2013

We are very proud to announce that a few of our clients have received SAFER 2012 funding for much needed positions.


Teays Valley VFD - Located in Scott Depot, West Virginia, this all volunteer fire department has received funding from the SAFER 2012 Grant to completely overhaul their fire department. Once this planning is put in place, they will have been transformed from an all volunteer fire department to a combination part-time and paid on call fire department. This funding was much needed and could not come at a better time. Everything seems to be falling into place for this very fortunate fire department. The total amount of the grant came to $459,906.00 to staff the fire department 24 hours a day with two (2) full time positions per day by part time personnel. 

Congratulations Teays Valley VFD, or should I say Teays Valley FD now! Your hard work and dedication to this process has proven well worth it!


Northeast Champaign - Located in North Lewisburg, Ohio, will be able to re-fill a position that was not able to be filled due to attrition. The amount of this award came to $73,018.00 to re-fill (1) Full Time Position.

Congratulations Northeast Champaign County Fire District on this award as well as all their help in obtaining the necessary information needed to put this grant application together!


City of Bedford Division of Fire - It took a few years, but Bedford was finally able to secure funding through the SAFER 2012 Grant to re-fill (2) Full Time Firefighter positions after they had been vacated and not able to be filled due to attrition. This grant was much needed and the City as a whole is excited about this award. “Bringing our staffing level back up to what is needed will greatly help the community and our public safety as a whole.” stated Shawn Solar of Bedford Fire Department. The total award package for this grant came to $359,036.00 to re-fill (2) Full Time Firefighter positions.

Congratulations Beford. Thanks for hanging in there and a special thanks to Shawn Solar for all his help in obtaining this funding for his fire department.

Author: admin
• Sunday, January 13th, 2013
I know that there are alot of chiefs out there wondering if they are still in the running for the 2012 AFG Grant Cycle. The answer to that is YES.
If you have not heard anything as of yet, just hang in there, more rounds are still yet to be released.
Thanks to Sandy slamming into the East Coast, FEMA has been overwhelmed for the past two (2) months. Do not be discouraged though, according to AFG, they are a bit behind but are still trying to get back on track.
Another aspect that I believe has slowed down the process is the registration at A little reminder, if you have not either registered for a Cage No. at or have not migrated your current CCR Cage No. to the site then you will be notified before awarded. This will delay the process because according to them, you must be registered at the website before you are awarded.
This Cage No. will be required just like a DUNS No. and a TAX ID and FDID number so please register, you will need it eventually. ALSO, this is a registration that must be renewed each year on the anniversary of its creation. So please make sure you renew your Cage No. with SAM every year.
If you have any questions regarding the site, please contact Didi at (248) 252-6250.
Thank you!
Author: admin
• Sunday, January 13th, 2013

Gatchell Grant Resources, LLC has been busy trying to recruit able bodied individuals to take on the grueling task of grant writers and that are just as dedicated as Vera and Didi. This is not a job for everyone as many people will tell you.


We are proud to say the we have welcomed two (2) new members of our team, Donna Riggs and Amy McKinney. Although new to this team, they have shown their dedication to this company and we welcome them!


We hope that this year will bring our clients great success with our help. We are currently training our new members and have been training them; Donna Riggs for over (1) one year now and Amy McKinney for the last (6) months.


As in all fields of service, training is a continuing process and we will continue to train them until they are proficient in helping our clients.


With that being said, rest assured that all grants written by these new members will be reviewed by either Vera or Didi before being subbmitted for accuracy.


So when you have the chance, please take the time to welcome our newest members, their contact info has been added to our Contact Us Page.