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January 29, 2016
OHIO DEVELOPMENT SERVICES AGENCY ANNOUNCES APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT SAFETY CAPITAL GRANT PROGRAM
The Ohio General Assembly had a light schedule again this week with only a handful of committees meeting. The schedule for next week is shaping up to look much the same, as most legislators are back in their districts or locations outside of the state, campaigning towards the March primaries.
Although there is not much new to report on legislatively, there is news that came out of the Ohio Development Services Agency, as they announced this week that the guidelines and criteria have been established for the newly created Local Government Safety Capital Grant Program.
Applications to qualify for funding will be accepted by DSA beginning Tuesday, February 16 th.
The Local Government Safety Capital Grant Program was created to provide communities with financial assistance for the purchasing or upgrading of vehicles, equipment, facilities or systems for police, fire or emergency medical services need to enhance public safety . Through the most recent state budget, the program was established and received an appropriation of $10,000,000 for FY16 and $10,000,000 for FY17. The fund will be administered by the Local Government Innovation Council, which oversees programs to promote shared services and local government efficiency .
The Council will award not more than $100,000 in total grants to an individual political subdivision.
Municipal corporations, in addition to counties, townships, joint emergency medical services district, fire district, joint fire district, fire and ambulance district, joint police district, or joint ambulance district are all eligible to apply for the grant program. Other specifications of the program include:
For more information about this program, visit www.development.ohio.gov/bs/bs_lgscgp.htm.
COMMITTEE SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 8 TH
Below is the list of committee hearings for next week. The final schedule for the week will be on the league’s website www.omlohio.org Monday, which will include any additions or changes that may be announced over the weekend.
Have a safe and enjoyable weekend~