Therese Matthews is a highly respected grant professional with over 25 years of experience in grant writing, grants management and program development. Prior to her retirement in 2015, she was the Grants Manager for the New Jersey Department of Corrections and successful in obtaining over $140 million in federal, state and private grant funding for the agency. The grant award portfolio included federal funding from the Departments of Justice, Education, Homeland Security, Health and Human Services, Labor and FEMA, along with several state and private foundation sources. She also has extensive experience as a peer reviewer for several federal and state grant applications in addition to providing grant writing and grants management training to non-profit and government agencies across New Jersey. Her career with corrections also included directing juvenile and adult offender management and rehabilitation programs, developing community corrections and restorative justice initiatives and overseeing contract administration for parole and reentry services.
Since joining Praetorian Digital as a contracted consultant in March of 2016, Therese has been successful in writing several comprehensive grant proposals resulting in over $800,000 in grant awarded funds. These grants include awards under the Department of Justice's Second Chance Act, Texas Body Armor Grant and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Community Facilities Program. Additionally, she had conducted extensive grant research for law enforcement, fire and non-profit agencies across the country. Over 100 customized research reports were written in her first year of engagement. She has been the featured trainer at Praetorian Digital Grant Administration meetings and has mentored new contracted grant writers in their early engagements. Therese has also written several articles highlighting strategies for obtaining justice funding to support specialized law enforcement equipment. These articles were published in recently PoliceGrantsHelp e-Guides and featured on the PoliceOne website.
Therese continues to volunteer her time providing fundraising and grant writing assistance to various community organizations including her local board of education, nonprofit organizations and sports booster club. She holds a Bachelors in Sociology and Criminal Justice and Masters of Public Administration from Rutgers University.
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Full list of Therese Matthews results
How grants can help agencies retain officers–
Securing federal, state, corporate and private grants to enhance your officer retention strategies may be one of the best ways to fund your efforts
How to fund FirstNet implementation in your agency–
Numerous federal, state and private grants may be able to support all or part of your FirstNet implementation project
Outside the box grant sources for law enforcement–
Here are some unique grant funding sources to consider for your law enforcement equipment, training and other resource needs
FY 2019 Department of Justice grants for LE: What you need to know–
Grants that generally open in the spring are slated for release before the end of 2018
How collaborations with researchers can help LE agencies win grants–
In an era of evidence-based practices and smart policing, partnerships with academic institutions have bolstered police grant funding to support community safety
Grant funding options for speed prevention enforcement programs–
With vehicle speed a factor in a third of all traffic fatalities from 2005-2014, police departments should implement high-visibility enforcement campaigns to promote traffic safety
Improving officer wellness: Funding initiatives for mental health support–
Federal, state and private funding sources are available for peer support and other mental health and wellness programs within your agency
Justice Assistance Grants (JAG): Federal application period for local and state funds just announced–
Act fast to participate in your area’s strategic planning process for these funds
How community foundations can fund first responder training–
Following the shooting at YouTube headquarters, Google and YouTube donated $280K to a community foundation to fund police, first responder training
How to fund a police drone–
If you are looking to add an unmanned aerial system to your law enforcement agency, check out this guide to funding options for drone acquisitions
2018 COPS Office grants: What police leaders need to know–
Community policing programs and illicit drug investigations are the focus of this year’s funding
How to find grants to support tactical gear and other special ops needs–
Hundreds of federal, state, corporate and private foundation grant-funding opportunities support specialized law enforcement equipment and gear