Tips to Get Your Safety Grant Approved

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Here’s How to Ensure Your District’s Applications Get Approved and Reimbursed

To date, we have reimbursed $1.3 million to members through the Safety Grant program, helping you improve safety for workers and visitors, upgrade buildings and facilities, and set the groundwork for a safer future.

If you haven’t used it before, here’s how it works: members purchase goods or services that promote safety or reduce the risk of a covered loss. Once the purchase is completed, the district applies for reimbursement on our website. Upon approval, the Pool reimburses the district for up to 50% of the cost of the purchase.

To apply, fill out the web form and upload copies of all applicable invoices along with a description of what was purchased and how that purchase is expected to improve safety or prevent a loss from occurring. For example, a security camera would deter theft and vandalism, while a fire extinguisher could help mitigate a fire and prevent serious injuries.

We will get approval from your district’s representatives, and we will review your application to make sure it meets program guidelines.

For the first few years of the program, no applications for reimbursement were denied. However as the program has grown, so too have the number of participating districts and variety of submissions. Unfortunately this has also meant that we have received applications that do not meet the program’s requirements.

This is the most popular program we offer, so here is some clarification to help make the most of it:

  1. The program will reimburse up to 50% of the cost of a purchase, limited only by your district’s current allocation. Unused funds expire after 5 years, so we recommend districts use up their balances annually to avoid forfeiting your balance.
  2. The minimum purchase amount you can submit is $200. Therefore, the minimum reimbursement is $100.
  3. There’s no need to submit multiple purchases individually. You can group them together by combining all appropriate invoices into a single application, especially if they individually do not meet the minimum amount requirement.
  4. The items purchased must reduce the risk of a covered loss. That’s pretty broad and allows for a vast number of purchases, but there are some things that wouldn’t qualify under that measure. For example:
  • Safety upgrades for something the Pool doesn’t cover or you do not have covered with us; e.g. aircraft, a third party’s property, or certain worker safety services for districts that do not have workers’ compensation with the Pool.
  • Personal development seminars or training that doesn’t pertain to safety, management, or HR such as project management or recreational skills.
  • Payrolls of any kind, including those for safety or human resources staff.
  • Repairs to equipment or facilities. Those things would either be paid by your coverage or fall under the category of the cost of doing business.
  • Anything associated with the costs of regular maintenance to your facilities. Again, that falls under the category of the cost of doing business.
  • Any purely cosmetic upgrades to district facilities.

If you have a question about whether or not an item would be considered an eligible purchase, you’re curious about the program itself, or just want to know your district’s current balance, feel free to contact us at csdpool@mcgriff.com.

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