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THE FLEETWOOD MEMORIAL FOUNDATION FUND

Since 1974, the Fleetwood Foundation has provided more than $4.5 million
in grants to first responders and their families.

In 1974, Mr. W.I. Fleetwood established the Fleetwood Memorial Foundation to provide immediate financial assistance to certified Texas law enforcement and fire protection personnel who are injured or killed in the line of duty. In 2012, the Fleetwood Memorial Foundation became part of the North Texas Community Foundation, continuing its vital legacy.

Funds are dedicated to help with immediate needs of injured and fallen police officers, fire personnel and their families during the first eight weeks after an incident occurs. These funds are seen as a small cushion until additional assistance may arrive from other funding sources.

GRANT DISTRIBUTION AMOUNTS

Fallen/Injured Grants: Grants range from $3,000 – $5,000 for injuries based on severity, dependents and time lost from work. Grants are $10,000 in the event of death.

Re-Training Grants:  Grants are up to $5,000 to the Texas institution the ex-officer or ex-fire personnel attends.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Funds are dedicated to help with immediate needs of injured and fallen police officers, fire personnel and their families during the first eight weeks after an incident occurs. These funds are seen as a small cushion until additional monetary assistance may arrive from other funding sources.  The request for assistance is reviewed by members of the Community Foundation based on the information submitted on the application form. All requests for assistance will be evaluated based on need and circumstances.

In addition to the Injured/Fallen police officer and fire personnel grant, the Fleetwood Memorial Foundation Fund provides Educational Assistance Grants for children of those fallen and injured as well as Re-Training Grants for those injured and having to start a new career.

In the line of duty means more than “on duty”. Injury or death occurring in the line of duty refers to injury or death suffered in the course of performing those duties which involve or relate to the dangerous and hazardous aspects of the duties of peace officers and fire personnel. No assistance shall be given for things such as injuries or deaths resulting from slips and falls, normal exercise or activities, exposures or illnesses that have occurred over time, vehicle accidents, in the event same happen while on duty, but are not related to any aspect of the dangerous or hazardous aspects of the duties of peace officers or fire personnel. Additionally, any injury that is considered a normal workers compensation claim will not be considered.

Police Officers and fire personnel from the State of Texas may be eligible to receive grants from this fund when they are injured in the line of duty. Additionally, the families of an officer or fire personnel who has fallen in the line of duty are also eligible to receive a grant. In case of the death or injury of a Texas Peace Officer (as defined by Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education, TCLEOSE) or the death or injury of a Texas fire personnel, applications must be submitted by the department the individual was working for at the time of the incident. We are unable to accept an application from the injured or fallen personnel or from their family members.  Applications must be submitted within 8-weeks of the date the incident occurred.

Please click HERE to download an application. Applications may be submitted by email or mail to the attention of Susan Van Meter at North Texas Community Foundation, 777 Main Street, Suite 2850, Fort Worth, Texas 76102.

If a Texas Peace officer or fire personnel suffers an in the line of duty injury that leaves him/her impaired or disabled and has been declared no longer able to perform their job, he/she may be eligible for a re-training grant to be trained in another line of work from a Texas institution. A member of the department the officer or fire personnel was working for at the time of the injury must complete an application on their behalf. We are unable to accept an application from the injured personnel or their family members. Re-training grants will be considered for injured personnel if they are officially declared, by a medical professional, permanently unable to perform the duties of their previous employment as a peace officer or fire personnel. Paperwork from a qualified medical professional must accompany the application at submission.

Please click HERE to download an application. Applications may be submitted by email or mail to the attention of Susan Van Meter at North Texas Community Foundation, 777 Main Street, Suite 2850, Fort Worth, Texas 76102.

The Community Impact Associate regularly monitors websites including the Officer Down Memorial Page, U.S. Fire Administration, Fire Rescue 1, DFW Scanner as well as actively monitoring multiple websites, news entities and internet alerts for the most recent and up-to-date information on fallen and injured peace officers and fire personnel. The Community Impact Associate is also contacted by police departments, fire departments, social workers, doctors, city benefit managers, insurance agencies and more regarding a fallen or injured peace officer or fire personnel.

The amount of each grant is considered by North Texas Community Foundation and can change from time to time. The amount of each grant is affected by the available funds from the Fleetwood Memorial Foundation Fund in a given year. Once the annual allotted amount is depleted for the year, we are unable to disperse any additional grants from the Fleetwood Memorial Foundation Fund. Lastly, fluctuation of grant amounts can also be due to family circumstances of the injured or deceased personnel. For instance, the death of a peace officer that has no immediate family would not generate as much grant consideration, as an officer that had an immediate family of a spouse and two children. Each grant application is considered independently based on the unique nature of the grant request.

If you have any questions please email Susan Van Meter at svanmeter@northtexascf.org or call 817.877.0702.

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