MARCS TOWER ON WHEELS (TOW)
MARCS has three (3) Tower on Wheels (TOWs) that can be requested for incidents within Ohio requiring interoperable communications. The TOWs are used to supplement coverage and/or to add capacity to an area where an emergency or event is occurring. The MARCS TOWs are deployed to your request by MARCS staff and are self-sufficient for 48 to 72 hours. Included in the deployment is at least two MARCS staff, a towing vehicle, 109 gallons of diesel fuel, and related equipment including the TOW itself. The TOW includes an 80 foot tower, grounding, 20KW three phase diesel generator, electrical cables for direct wiring, cache radios, extra radio batteries, and bank chargers. MARCS also has a towable generator that is normally dispatched as a backup for the generator on the TOW. Once the TOW arrives on your incident, usually within 30 minutes to one hour the TOW is operational and ready for use. The TOWs are deployed on a first come first served basis. The TOWs can be used for large events, exercises, or any emergency situation. You can request the TOWs by calling the MARCS Helpdesk 24/7 at 866-646-2727.
Demonstrations are also welcomed. Any questions or concerns can be directed to Dick Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org, Field Operations Manager for MARCS.
Grant Resources for MARCS Subscribers
Before applying for federal grants, agencies need to make sure they have a DUNS (Data Universal Number System) and register with the Central Contractor Registry (CCR).
A DUNS number is a unique number that identifies an organization. It has been adopted by the Federal government to help track how Federal grant money is distributed. Agencies with a grant administrator or chief financial officer on staff, may already have your organization’s DUNS number. Agencies can call Dunn and Bradstreet at 1-866-705-5711 to receive one free of charge and the number will be assigned immediately.
CCR is the central government repository for organizations working with the Federal government. Agencies can see if they’re already registered at the CCR website (www.ccr.gov). If your organization is not already registered, identify the primary contact who should register your organization. When an agency registers with CCR, it will be required to designate an E-Business Point of Contact (E-Business POC). The designee authorizes individuals to submit grant applications on behalf of the organization and creates a special password called a Marketing Partner ID Number (M-PIN) to verify individuals authorized to submit grant applications for the organization.
Here are some resources other MARCS subscribers have found useful in the search for grant monies. The resources are practically endless, but this is a start.
This site is also known as “Just Grants!” This site has resources for nonprofit, government, and community-based organizations throughout Ohio. The benefit of www.grantsoh.com is it links the user to several Federal departments and offers a number of tools for advanced and novice grant writers.
Grants.gov allows the user to apply and register to submit grant applications online. Agencies can find grants faster and receive e-mail notifications of new grant opportunities, download grant application packages and view and complete them offline. Grants.gov also offers access tips, tools and a training demonstration
The homepage of FirstGov has three tabs across the top of the page. By selecting the “Government-to-Government” tab, you will be directed to a page with specific initiatives. Grants for state and local governments will have links on this page.
The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance gives access to all Federal programs available to State and local governments, private profit and nonprofit organizations, domestic public, quasi-public, specialized groups and individuals. Once you find the program you want, contact the office that administers the program and find out how to apply.
The home page for the US Department of Homeland Security has a link to “Homeland Security Grants”. There are also links on this home page that offer help in finding and applying for grants through FEMA, Transportation Security Administration Grant Program, etc.
This is a link to the US Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs web page contains funding opportunities. Click on the “Funding Opportunities” tab and find a list of grant opportunities listed with their deadlines and additional links to their respective applications.
This link takes you directly to www.grants.gov.
This resource provides opportunities to support law enforcement activities in state and local jurisdictions, as well as other funding needs. Many of the program bureaus and offices award formula grants to state agencies, which, in turn, subgrant funds to units of state and local government. It is wise to monitor this site frequently as to not miss opportunities to obtain some of the funding obtained by state agencies (Department of Public Safety, Department of Health, etc.). We suggest watching to see if an Ohio government agency has applied for or has been granted monies from the US Department of Justice and then contacting the receiving agency to see if your agency is eligible for a portion of these funds.
The Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services (a division of Ohio Department of Public Safety) is a great resource for local monies. The “Funding” tab takes the user directly to grant resources. There is also a grants calendar, current solicitations, regional contact information, and grant reports.
Franklin County Ohio has a website link to various grant opportunities sponsored by Homeland Security and Justice Programs. There is a Grants Calendar that can be VERY useful in planning and meeting grant deadlines.
This site contains information on financial assistance available from the US Fire Administration and other Federal agencies for fire departments and other first responders.
This is the Responder Knowledge Base. This is not specifically used as a grant resource, but does have excellent tools for finding grant monies.
Most of the resources listed on this website are from corporate foundations.
This is a division of the US Department of Homeland Security that awards grants to fire departments to enhance their ability to protect the public and fire service personnel from fire and related hazards. There are three types of grants available: Assistance to Firefighters Grant, Fire Prevention and Safety, and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response.