Georgia Public Safety Officials and First Responders Supplement Grant

Georgia Public Safety Officials and First Responders Supplement Grant establishes a grant program to provide a $1,000 one-time pay supplement for full-time public safety officers and first responders, including law enforcement officers, EMS personnel, and firefighters. Public safety entities will apply on behalf of qualifying employees between October 1 and December 31.

 

This document provide answers to frequently asked questions regarding eligibility, portal access, and more.
OPB is working with ACCG and GMA regarding the POCs for this program.
If you are with a department and are inquiring about the POC for your jurisdiction, please email:

ACCG (Counties) Beth Brown, [email protected]
GMA (Cities/Municipalities) Becky Taylor, [email protected]

Overview

Governor Kemp has announced a Public Safety Officials and First Responders Supplement Grant using funding from the American Rescue Plan Act. This program was established in recognition of the sacrifice and dedication public safety officers and first responders have shown in serving Georgians and their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant will provide a $1,000 pay supplement for all eligible sworn law enforcement officials and first responders and a $300 supplement for all active volunteer firefighters in Georgia serving during August of 2021. Eligible organizations and eligible employees include:

Eligible organizations: State government agencies and authorities, municipal and county governments, volunteer fire departments, and emergency medical services agencies licensed by the Department of Public Health.

Eligible employees: A certified employee of one of the above organizations who actively served full-time as a public safety officer or first responder during the month of August, 2021 in a position which requires active certification as a law enforcement officer, corrections officer, juvenile corrections officer, jail officer, probation officer, parole officer, communications officer, firefighter, or emergency medical services worker by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (POST), Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council (GFSTC), or Department of Public Health (DPH).

Application Information

Payment Request Period: October 1 -December 31, 2021.

Employers will apply on behalf of employees within their jurisdiction or organization. Grant funds will be paid to the employer, and the employer will disburse payments to individuals through their payroll process. This document provides detailed information on eligibility and the application process for employers submitting payment requests under

For questions regarding this program please contact [email protected].