Georgia Public Safety Officials and First Responders Supplement Grant

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. The application period is October 1-December 31, 2021.

 

How to Apply for the Supplement

Grantees must submit the following to receive the supplement:

All EMS providers who are not in the GeorgiaGrants systems should reach out to [email protected] to verify DPH license prior to account creation and terms and conditions.
Upon verification, grantees will need to register as a vendor with SAO ([email protected]).

1. Payroll Verification:
Applicants must submit documentation verifying employment in August of 2021. This documentation must show employee name, position title, active pay status, fulltime status, and whether the department or entity contributes to the Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) program or pays Medicare for its Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) payroll taxes.

Payroll documentation should come from the grantee’s payroll system. It is preferred that grantees submit an exported excel document from payroll. In instances where this is not practicable, grantees should highlight each employee on the pdf or list that is provided. Payroll documentation that contains multiple employees without highlighting the corresponding employees will be returned to the grantee. If you have an excel export of payroll, please delete the employees you are not submitted for the supplement. Volunteer fire departments should provide active roster as of August 2021 to in lieu of payroll documents.

Grantees must provide the names of employees on the template provided in order of appearance on the payroll verification information.

2. Template:
Applicants must submit the excel template on OPB’s website to include primary employer, employee name, certification title, certification number, August 2021 employment dates, and amount requested in order to receive the supplement.

Program Information

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).

The documents below provide more detail regarding the program such as eligibility, portal access, and more.

For questions regarding this program please contact [email protected]