The city of Toccoa receives nearly eight thousand dollars in grant funds to help purchase equipment designed to provide a safer work environment for city employees.
On Monday, the Georgia Municipal Association awarded Toccoa a Safety Grant for just over $4,000 and a Liability Grant of just under $3,900.
Toccoa has used that money to purchase traffic cones, safety vests, a body harness and lanyard, reflective raincoats and gloves, flotation devices, and a substance abuse and sexual harassment DVD.
The grants come through the GMA’s Safety and Liability Management Grant program.
The GMA introduced this program in 2000 to provide a financial incentive to assist the organization’s members in improving safety for their employees and general public liability loss control efforts through training and the purchase of equipment or services.
This grant funding is available to members of GMA’s property and liability insurance program and GMA’s workers’ compensation program.
According to the GMA, over 130 cities have received grant money through the program since its inception with over 500 grants totaling nearly $1.5 million being approved to fund items like bulletproof vests, training videos, confined space entry equipment, reflective safety vests, fire department turnout gear, and police department in-vehicle video systems.
GMA Marketing and Field Services Director Steve Durden said the program allows each city to stretch its budget dollars and provide a safer work environment for its employees.
Based in Atlanta, the Georgia Municipal Association is a voluntary, non-profit organization that provides legislative advocacy, education, employee benefit, and consulting services to its over 500 member cities.