Expanding Opportunities for SLED: Convergint’s Grants & Funding Team Steps In
Convergint is fully committed to partnering with state and local government and educational institutions to ensure optimal security for all facilities. That said, budgeting accordingly can be a challenge for non-profits and public institutions. Convergint’s SLED group provides non-obligatory end-to-end grants and funding assistance at no cost to customers or prospects which, includes:
Comprehensive security assessments and threat analyses
Grant application support including design and solution validation
Professional writing assistance for grant proposals
Opportunities to participate in pre-competed existing cooperative contract vehicles
Here, Convergint leader David Klug shares some of his thoughts regarding the grants and funding opportunities for K-12 schools, higher education institutions, and small government nationwide.
State & Local Government & Education (SLED) BD Leadership, Convergint
What does the grants & funding team do at Convergint?
Convergint provides the SLED (State and Local Government, Education & Defense) vertical with customized security solutions backed by our decades-long commitment to service. We work in partnership with our customers to map out key strategies for enhanced security. Recognized as the largest and most reputable integrator globally, we are an expert at delivering safer, smarter systems.
With that being said, customers in this space are often challenged to ‘find money’ to cover security initiatives, no matter how compelling. Convergint’s grants and funding team can assist in securing federal funding through competitive, designated grant programs. These programs are focused on boosting preparedness and emergency response results, and including enhanced safety equipment and services.
We always start with bigger-picture economic stimulus and preparedness grants such as: the CARES Act, Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, and Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which may apply to a customer project. Our team also considers a myriad of annual recurring, competitive, formula, and discretionary grants, which commonly emanate from the Department of Homeland, Department of Justice, and Department of Transportation.
What are some of the biggest challenges and opportunities for customers trying to tap into grants and funding?
The vast majority of organizations in the SLED space do not have a dedicated grant writing team. As such, they are often frustrated by missed opportunities. Furthermore, while their funding opportunities may be vast, understanding the system can be challenging.
Ultimately, there is power in numbers. When you work with Convergint, you tap into our cumulative successes, our customer scope, our contracts, and our team.
How does Convergint step in to help its customers with regard to grants and funding?
Altogether, Convergint identifies the customer risk, recommends the optimal security solution, and then helps to figure out how to pay for it. To that end, Convergint’s SLED team has developed grants and funding resources to uncover opportunities, write proposals, and manage them, to provide every resource needed to succeed. Committed to upholding our Values and Beliefs above all else, Convergint offers these services to any customer that may need assistance. Convergint’s help is not a contract but rather a reflection of our values and beliefs. We call this active community outreach.
At Convergint, we believe in a service-first mission. “We expect to be our customers’ best service provider – No matter what business we are in” it is the cornerstone that sets the expectation for our colleagues to deliver excellent service to our customers. Our grant application, response, and proposal writing are a part of this. Furthermore, Convergint’s participation in cooperative purchasing and state contracts administration can often make these processes much easier for our customers.
Contact an expert today to learn how the Convergint SLED team can offer cost-effective, scalable solutions that maximize budgets, reduce risk, and leverage technology for K-12 schools, higher education institutions, and small government nationwide.