The Georgia Municipal Association recently announced that the city of Ludowici received a safety grant check for $6,000. The funds will be used to purchase helmets, gloves, handbooks, manuals and radio systems.
The GMA Safety and Liability Management Grant program was introduced in 2000 to provide financial incentive to assist members in improving employee safety and general public-liability loss-control efforts through training and the purchase of equipment or services. Since its inception, over 130 cities have received grant money through the program, and over 500 grants totaling nearly $1.5 million were approved to fund items such as bulletproof vests, training videos, confined-space entry equipment, reflective safety vests, fire-department turnout gear, and police department in-vehicle video systems. These grant funds have helped leverage the purchase of over $2.6 million in this type of equipment and training.
The program is available to members of GMA’s property and liability insurance program (the Georgia Interlocal Risk Management Agency) and GMA’s worker’s compensation insurance program (GMA Worker’s Compensation Self-Insurance Fund).
“This program allows each city to stretch their budget dollars and provide a safer work environment for their employees,” said Steve Durden, deputy director of marketing.
Based in Atlanta, GMA is a voluntary, nonprofit organization that provides legislative advocacy, educational, employee benefit and consulting services to its over 500 member cities.