Grant Writing Resources: Write stronger grant applications

Use the links below to find data, information, statistics, agencies and more


Grant writing resources are for all public safety agencies and grants: fire grants, EMS grants and law enforcement grants. Check back often, as we are always adding more grant writing websites and other resources to strengthen your grant research and grant applications.


  • American FactFinder
    Your source for population, housing, economic, and geographic data from the U.S. Census. The NEW American FactFinder website includes the latest data from Census 2010 and the 2010 American Community Survey.
  • Arrest in the United States, 1980-2009 (NCJ 234319) - Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
    Published September 22, 2011, this report from Howard N. Snyder, Ph.D. presents new annual estimates of arrests in the United States covering the 30-year period from 1980 through 2009. Based on data collected by the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program, this report expands the FBI's set of published arrest estimates to include offense-specific arrest estimates for various demographic subgroups. The detailed breakdown of arrests and arrest trends describes the flow of individuals into the criminal justice system over a long time period. The estimates by type of offense reveal similarities and differences among demographic subgroups that may provide a greater understanding of the underlying causes for the observed arrest trends.
  • Bureau of Justice Statistics
    Information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government.
  • Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS)
    Obtain highway safety information statistics for your grants involving these types of issues. Many grants for transportation-related programs, DUI Enforcement, Selective Traffic Enforcement Programs etc. come from the DOT. The BTS was created for data collection, analysis, and reporting. This site is where they hold their statistical data.
  • Census Introduction to U.S. Census and Demographic Information - Research & Technology Guides, University of Michigan Library
    A general guide to understanding and finding demographic data produced by the U.S. Census Bureau.
  • Child Statistics
    Easy access to federal and state statistics and reports on children and their families, including: population and family characteristics, economic security, health, behavior and social environment,and education.
    Discover information about your county, city and state. provides stats and data on real estate, census, demographics, critical infrastructure, economic characteristics, cost of living, crime, race, income, photos, education, maps, weather, houses, schools, neighborhoods, and more. From the main page, enter the name of your town, city or state.
  • Corrections Statistics in Your State - National Institute of Corrections (NICIC)
    State-by-state breakdowns of statistics for crime rate, corrections population, community corrections, incarceration rate, jails, prisons, and more. Data sources include the FBI, U.S. Dept. of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, American Jail Association, American Correctional Association and various State Government websites.
  • Cost Savings Calculators for Volunteer Firefighters and EMTs
    Figure out how much money your department saves the community. These calculators also provide resources for presenting data to the municipalities who fund your department. Use the calculators to make the case for increased community and governmental support of your department, or use this data in your grant applications. Developed by the NVFC Foundation for both volunteer fire departments and volunteer emergency medical services.
  • The Economic Consequences of Firefighter Injuries and Their Prevention - Final Report (PDF format)*
    A firefighter's injuries have repercussions beyond the scene. This report from the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) "seeks to quantify the economic impact that injuries have to firefighters, their departments, the insurance industry, and society."
  • FBI Uniform Crime Reports (UCR)
    Reliable, uniform crime statistics for the nation, compiled by the FBI. Includes reports such as Crime in the United States, Hate Crime Statistics, and Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted. Also includes information about the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS).
  • Fed Stats
    Your gateway to statistics from over 100 U.S. Federal agencies.
  • Forensic Science - Young/Juvenile Offenders and Troubled Teenagers
    Resources and stats about toubled teens and juvenile offenders.
    Variety of free statistical information, including economic, demographic and financial data. Information you select is put into your online basket. After you finish searching, download the basket contents. Registration is required, but everything is free of charge.
  • Google Maps
    Use aerial satellite views to examine your area for topographical information, look for critical infrastructure, and determine distances between objects or cities. Also use the satellite view to “zoom” in closer to examine objects in your area that can contribute to describing your area to a grant reviewer. Enter an address or other location information in the search box.
  • Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program Digest (HMA)
    FEMA offers three Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs – the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HGMP), the Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) program and the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) program – to help states, territories, tribal governments, local communities, private non-profits and businesses implement cost-effective, long-term mitigation measures for all natural hazards. The HMA Program Digest is intended to be an easy-to-read, easy-to use, brief summary of the basic HMA program elements. While the HMA Program Digest is primarily intended for those unfamiliar with the HMA programs, it also may serve as a reference for employees, applicants, and other stakeholders with many years of experience with the programs. Because the digest is not exhaustive, either in topics or in detail, information should be verified with the FEMA HMA Unified Program Guidance and FEMA HMA program officials before becoming the basis for decision making.
  • Almanac Search Page
    The Information Please Almanac® gives you access to a variety of world data, U.S. stats and more.
  • Juvenile Justice - National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS)
    Information, data, reports and other publications on young offenders and juvenile offenders in the U.S.
  • Kids Count
    Great site for Juvenile Justice statistical research for your area and for comparisons regarding other geographical areas of the U.S. Data can be viewed in the form of profiles, rankings, or raw data. Created by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Kids Count has compiled indicators of child well-being from U.S. Census data and other sources, and created an interactive online database.
  • Local Crime Statistics and Finding Crime Statistics - Research & Technology Guides at University of Michigan Library
    This crime stats guide explains how to find local, national, and international crime statistics.
  • National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS)
    High-quality data on nonprofit organizations and their activities for use in research on the relationships between the nonprofit sector, government, the commercial sector, and the broader civil society.
  • National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
    School Resource Officers and After School Latchkey Kids programs will find this site invaluable. From the U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences, the NCES is the primary federal entity responsible for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the United States and other nations.
  • Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
    OJJDP provides information about juvenile justice issues and awards funds to states to support local programming. Part of the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ), OJJDP supports states, local communities, and tribal jurisdictions in their efforts to develop and implement effective programs for juveniles.
  • Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA)
    From the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT, US DOT or DOT), RITA provides vital transportation statistics and analysis, and supports national efforts to improve education and training in transportation-related fields.
  • State and Local Government Information - Research and Technology Guides at University of Michigan Library - Grant Writing Websites
    A guide for those seeking government information, statistics and data at the state, county and city level.
  • State Data Center Program - U.S. Census
    Use this shortcut when searching the U.S. Census Bureau for relevant statistics about your state. Since 1978, the State Data Center (SDC) Program makes data available locally to the public through a network of state agencies, universities, libraries, and regional and local governments. The program is a partnership between the U.S. Census Bureau, the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the island areas (American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Virgin Islands).
  • TEOMA Search Engine
    The "Google of statistical search engines." Wonderful for locating statistical information!
  • U.S. Census Bureau
    When a grant application talks about information regarding "census blocks," this is where you go to get it. Probably one of the websites that grant writers visit the most as it contains almost anything you want to know about the demographics of an area, from an entire nation down to several city blocks.
  • Wikipedia - Free Encyclopedia
    Great resource to fact-find various demographics about your area, statistics and other local and state data. Simply go to the page, and at the top of the page where it says "Search," enter the name of your city or county, and your state.