Is your public sector organization struggling to finance your dream project? There’s probably a grant for that!

 In Professional Services, Solutions

You’re a K-12 district that dreams of starting a STEM initiative for all your students. Or maybe you’re a local government that wants to improve public transportation by investing in applications to optimize city bus and train schedules. Or perhaps your college campus wants to beef up access control for the dormitories.

In an ideal world, you’d have the money to make these projects a reality. In the real world, that’s not always possible.

Often, public sector organizations are forced to put their dream projects on hold – or scrap them entirely – because they lack proper funding or resources to get the initiative off the ground. But it doesn’t have to be this way – not when there might be a grant for that.

What kinds of projects might be funded by grants?

Each year in the U.S., more than 5,000 grant programs are opened, providing approximately $500 billion dollars in funding, and we’ve seen countless examples of organizations benefiting from grants.

A sheriff’s office that was devastated by a hurricane received a grant for new police car technology, allowing it to modernize its law enforcement approach. A school district that needed a district-wide refresh of its switches and didn’t have the funding to complete the project received E-rate Category 2 funds, secured a state grant for educational networking upgrades, leveraged partner financing, and utilized state contracts to refresh its network.

But we also understand it’s not that simple. Just because there are thousands of grants available, that doesn’t mean you’re going to snap your fingers and the money will automatically appear. It takes time and energy to sift through these programs to see if you even qualify. And even if you do qualify, you need to expend even more resources applying for the grant.

Given this tireless work, no one would blame you if you’d rather finance a project yourself rather than risk not winning a grant.

But these factors shouldn’t deter you from pursuing the grants avenue – especially if there’s a solution.

A powerful grants partnership

The SHI Grants Support Program provides public sector organizations with grants information, customized funding reports, and consultation calls to help develop project ideas, get technology-rich projects funded, and expand initiatives that are already in the works.

SHI has partnered with Grants Office, a national grants development services firm with a 20-year track record of helping public sector agencies find and secure funding for technology projects. Our joint goal is to make the process of identifying and organizing potential grants as seamless as possible for your public sector institution.

Organizations that can take advantage of this partnership include:

  • State and local governments
  • Law enforcement and public safety entities
  • K-12 schools and districts
  • Higher education institutions
  • Nonprofit organizations, such as hospitals

Make your technology dreams a reality

Financing your dream technology initiatives is expensive. But that doesn’t make it impossible.

Grants can help law enforcement agencies purchase innovative technology that will support new policing strategies to reduce crime and protect civilians.

Grants can help hospitals radically transform healthcare offerings by giving them the means to streamline patient data and deploy tablets with modern applications.

Grants can help schools become safer by paying for gunshot detection software or other means to directly contact authorities.

This funding can dramatically increase your capacity to leverage technology, advance your mission, and impact your community. The SHI Grants Support Program, in partnership with Grants Office, can help you turn your technology dreams into a reality.

To learn more about the SHI Grants Support program, contact your SHI account executive. Or visit shi.com/grants and fill out the information form to receive a customized report of funding opportunities for your organization.

Sophie Marinelli contributed to this post.

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