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UTICA, NY – The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties is accepting applications from organizations that help first responders.

The Hero Fund America offers grants to support education, training, mental health assistance, and equipment for first responders.

To be eligible, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • The program or project will directly support the education, training, lifesaving equipment and mental health needs of first responders
  • Funding request must not exceed $2,000
  • All grant funds will be used for direct program expenses
  • Recipient must be an eligible 501(c)(3) or government entity

The fund was founded in partnership with Hero Fund America Inc., which was created by Garth Roberts of Sharon Springs to honor emergency response organizations.

“Thanks to the generous support of our donors and event attendees, the HFA Fund provides an annual opportunity for fire, EMS, and law enforcement departments across the United States to better meet the growing needs of their communities,” Roberts said. “Without proper training, education, and equipment, our first responders are less able to provide essential lifesaving services needed in today’s challenging world. We are grateful for our partnership with the Community Foundation and hope that the grants awarded will create healthier and safer outcomes for first responders and civilians alike.”

Organizations interested in applying for a grant can click here for more information.

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