People are being offered opportunities to learn how to save a life threatened by Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). The American Heart Association recommends that laypersons should learn “Hands Only” or continuous chest compression CPR. Learn to save a life. You would want someone to do the same for you.
People are also urged to learn how to use Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), which are safety devices that are becoming more available in public locations so that they can be used immediately if someone collapses in SCA. AEDs can restore a normal heartbeat, as long as they are used quickly and effectively.
Backstage, stress, falls, and/or electrical shock can be common causes of SCA, while in the front of house, it may be due to the sudden excitement in the show, patrons over-exerting themselves climbing stairs, or rushing to get to the show on-time. Whatever the cause, having personnel and equipment available immediately is key to a good outcome.
How are you going to pay for an AED? Local, state, and federal governments sometimes makes funding available for AEDs in the form of grants. Though finding these grants for your AED program can require an investment of both time of energy, the effort may be worthwhile.
Government funding: For federal funding options look at the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance at http://www.cfda.gov/
Private Funding: For funding from private organizations look at the Foundation Center at http://www.foundationcenter.org/
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Proposal Development: 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, look toward civic groups such as your local PTA, 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.
Of course, it can't hurt to look to your own theatres' patrons and supporters for financial help. Having an AED on-site can save their lives, too!
Other Grant Resources:
Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation - www.sca-aware.org/finding-funding
Zoll Medical Devices - www.zoll.com/medical-products/automated-external-defibrillators/aed-grant-information
AED Grant.Com - http://www.aedgrant.com/