First Responders

Fleetwood Memorial Foundation Fund

Since 1974, the Fleetwood Foundation has provided financial assistance to first responders and their families.

In tribute to the service and sacrifice made by first responders, Mr. W.I. Fleetwood established the Fleetwood Memorial Foundation. The fund provides immediate financial assistance to certified Texas law enforcement and fire protection personnel injured in the line of duty or to the families of those killed.

The legacy of Mr. W.I. Fleetwood and the foundation live on in partnership with NTCF. Funds are designed to alleviate the immediate financial need and are exclusively dedicated to helping first responders and their families when they need it most—during the first eight weeks after an incident.

Grant Distribution Amounts

Fallen/Injured Grants

$3,000 – $10,000

Grants distributed based on severity, dependents and time lost from work. Grants are $10,000 in the event of death; $3,000 – $5,000 for those injured.

Retraining Grants

Up to $5,000

Grants distributed to the Texas institution the ex-officer or ex-fire personnel attends.

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.


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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 intended to provide interim support until additional monetary assistance may arrive from other funding sources.

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 Retraining Grants for those injured and having to start a new career.

Applicants must apply within 8 weeks of the incident to be eligible for funds.

Grants are awarded based on the level of need and circumstances shared on the application form.

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.

Use the application link under fall/injured grants to download an application.

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.

Use the application link above under Retraining Grants to get started.

The amount of each grant awarded by North Texas Community Foundation can change because the amount of funding available from the Fleetwood Memorial Foundation Fund in a given year may vary. Once the annual allotted amount is depleted, we are unable to disperse 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 who has no immediate family would not generate as much grant consideration as an officer who had a spouse and two children. Each grant application is considered independently based on the unique nature of the grant request.

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Susan Van Meter

Community Impact Associate