Local, state, and federal governments sometimes make funding available for AEDs in the form of grants. Though finding these grants for your AED program can require an investment of both time and energy, the effort may be worthwhile.
Government funding: For federal funding options we recommend the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance at www.cfda.gov.
Private Funding: For funding from private organizations we recommend the Foundation Center at www.foundationcenter.org.
A written proposal is almost always required to apply for a grant. For assistance in writing an effective proposal, you can find excellent instructions and examples at http://www.minerandassociates.com/.
A grant project can take weeks or months to complete. If your needs are more immediate, we suggest looking toward civic groups such as your local Lions Clubs, Moose Lodges, Elks Clubs, Kiwanis, Rotary Clubs, and Masonic Temples. If your project is aimed at the well-being of children, a local Optimist Club could be a source.
Churches often look directly to their own congregations for help. We know of several large churches and synagogues which have collected enough money during a single service to fund the purchase of their AEDs!
If you are a non-profit serving children in midwest and western states, you may qualify for assistance through the Union Pacific Foundation, www.up.com/found.
Also, the Target Foundation sponsors grants for K-12 schools and other non-profit organizations.
For Public Service organizations:
Beware of False Grant Schemes
Unfortunately, some AED dealers may advertise a brand-name AED, then ask customers to complete an extensive "grant" application to become eliglible to save hundreds of dollars. As a result, customers may release confidential information, waste valuable time filling out unnecessary forms, and end up paying more for an AED than if it were purchased outright from a reputable dealer.
We strongly recommend avoiding grant schemes offered directly by AED dealers. Reputable companies like the AED Superstore have prices below so-called grant specials, and with no extensive forms to complete.
Contact the AED Superstore for Assistance
We hope the information above helps you should you require funding for your AED purchase. Once you receive funding, please remember to look to the AED Superstore. Here you will find friendly assistance and enjoy the best selection and prices for all major brands of AEDs and accessories.