FRCF Agency Grant Guidelines and Information

Please review the following criteria to determine if your organization is eligible for our Agency Grant and best practices for applying.

Who is eligible to apply?

First Responders Children’s Foundation considers AGENCY GRANT proposals from the following:

  • A First Responder Agency
    • A Department within a First Responder Agency


    • Determined as charitable under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, public entities or other charitable, educational, or cultural organizations that operates as or has partnered with a First Responder Agency or Department.


  • An entity that provides programs and services to benefit children and facilitates interaction between the children and a First Responder Agency.

For the purposes of this grant, FRCF does not fund:

  • Individuals (Multiple Individual Grant Applications can be found here)
  • Operating Support

What does the grant fund?

Successful grant proposals will align with the mission of First Responders Children’s Foundation.

The Foundation considers and funds proposals in the following areas:

Mental and Behavioral Health – $5,000 – $25,000
Grants for first responder agencies and non-profits that support mental and behavioral health activities, initiatives, and programs for first responders and their families.

Emergency Support – $1,000 – $25,000
Grants for first responder agencies and non-profits for financial aid, food, equipment, and other necessary support during a crisis.

Youth Education Activities and Programs – $1,000 – $5,000
Grants for first responder agencies and non-profits for activities, initiatives, and programs that pair youth with local first responders through arts, sports, education, or community service.

Community Engagement – $1,000 – $5,000
Grants for first responder agencies and non-profits that create programs for a safer Community and help to foster first responder/community relationships.

First Responder Family Support – $1,000 – $5,000
Grants for first responder agencies and non-profits for programs that support, honor, and elevate the profile of first responder families in need.

What criteria should proposals emphasize?

  • The program/project’s alignment with one of FRCF’s priority funding areas.
  • A significant demand affecting children of first responders or the children in the first responder agency’s community.
  • Evidence of careful planning to address community needs and access community resources.
  • The capacity to mobilize resources including financial support, in-kind support, and volunteers to sustain programs.
  • A reasonable, researched budget that aligns with the proposal narrative.
  • A comprehensive evaluation plan for the program/project.

What is the financial range of grants?

FRCF does not set a minimum or maximum amount for grant awards. Please see the funding categories for a guideline to our financial award range.

Is there a match requirement for funds received?

While there are no specific match requirements for funds received, FRCF encourages applicants to support their programs/projects with additional funding and document this funding in the grant proposal.