Ohio Legislative Service Commission
An eligible employer may apply for a safety intervention grant at any time. The
application evaluation process includes an onsite visit by a BWC consultant who will
prepare a preassessment report. The latest round of the safety intervention grant
awards was announced on May 2. Approximately $475,000 was awarded to
6 employers in 21 counties, including 19 private employers and seven public
employers. Individual awards ranged from a low of just under $2,000 to $40,000, the
maximum available. Through the end of February, 339 employers were awarded
FY 2017 safety intervention grants totaling $8.6 million. For FY 2016, 529 employers
were awarded a total of $14.6 million in safety intervention grants.
The Safety Intervention Grant Program is funded through assessments charged
to employers. The charge is based on a percentage of paid workers' compensation
premiums (1.0% for private employers and 0.75% for public employer taxing districts).
This assessment income, as well as other cash transfers from the State Insurance Fund,
is deposited into the Safety and Hygiene Fund (Fund 8260).
State Fire Marshal Awards Approximately $453,000 in Fire Department
Training Reimbursement Grants
Shannon Pleiman, Budget Analyst, 614-466-1154
On April 20, 2017, the State Fire Marshal announced calendar year 2016 fire
department training reimbursement grants totaling over $453,000. Overall, 212 fire
departments in 75 counties received reimbursement grants, ranging from $225 up to
nearly $13,100 for successfully completing state certified fire classes and specific classes
conducted by the Ohio Fire Academy. A complete list of fire departments that received
grants can be found on the Ohio Department of Commerce's website at:
http://www.com.ohio.gov/documents/fire_2016TrainingGrants.pdf. Funding for these
reimbursement grants come from taxes on insurance companies selling fire insurance in
Ohio and from inspection fees, hotel permits, and fireworks licenses. The receipts from
these sources are deposited into the State Fire Marshal Fund (Fund 5460). The
maximum reimbursement grant is capped at $15,000.
The State Fire Marshal awards individual fire department training
reimbursement grants based on a variety of criteria including: (1) resident population
protected, (2) fire protection area size, (3) operating budget of the department, and
4) number of fire incidents/calls/responses requiring a National Fire Incident Reporting
System. Eligible grant recipients include the following entities that serve a population of
5,000 or less: (1) fire departments that serve one or more small municipalities or small
townships, (2) volunteer fire departments, (3) joint fire districts, (4) local governments,
and (5) certain private fire companies.