The Safety Grant Program from Texas Political Subdivisions JSIF (TPS) is back for 2024! Thanks to the Board’s generosity, it is bigger with more money available than ever before. The previous year’s program was a HUGE success, with 32 applications. In 2023, TPS awarded almost $100,000 in grants to 20 individual members across the State of Texas. These grants were used to purchase items like AEDs, HVAC hail guards, flammable liquid storage cabinets, backup cameras for vehicles, training programs, and catalytic converter clamps, to list a few requested and approved items.
TPS remains committed to helping current Fund members receive the tools/equipment/training necessary to implement safe work practices and develop a solid loss prevention program. The Safety Grant is available to all current members who meet the program’s guidelines. Thanks to the Board, the total amount available in the 2024 Safety Grant Program is $200,000!!
Some examples of what the Safety Grant can be used to purchase are individual PPE, Lockout/Tagout Equipment, Flammable Liquid Safety Cabinets, SCBA Equipment, Lightning Suppression, AEDs (batteries & service), First Aid Supplies, and the list goes on.
The spirit of this program is to help make high-cost items more affordable while ensuring that as many Fund members as possible can benefit. In all cases, the minimum reimbursement request must be at least $500, with a maximum of $15,000 awarded to any single member.
To qualify for this Safety Grant, you must be a current member of TPS, and the purchase of equipment/service must be associated with the TPS-provided self-insurance coverage. Applications for monies must be received by the end of business on April 30, 2024, and grants are awarded in August.
Since 2022, when the program was initiated, we have learned a few things that will help ensure the success of your application. One of the primary reasons that an application was rejected was that the request needed to be associated with the insurance coverage provided through TPS. For example, just because TPS provides law enforcement coverage, requesting body armor would not apply unless workers’ compensation insurance is also provided. Similarly, a request for security cameras to protect the property would only apply if P&C coverage is carried, and the purchase of catalytic converter clamps would not be covered unless auto physical damage is carried.
Details of the Safety Grant Program, including examples of qualifying and non-qualifying purchases and the current Safety Grant application, can be found on our website. Please read over the entire program, even if you applied and were awarded a safety grant last year. Changes were made to the 2024 guidelines which could affect your submission. Additional information may be obtained through the Safety Grant Program page or your individual Loss Control Representative.