Ohio BWC Accepting Applications for Safety Grants

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has reopened the Safety Grant program, which assists employers in purchasing equipment to protect their employees.

The program is accepting applications for three grants: the Safety Intervention Grant, the Firefighter Exposure to Environmental Elements Grant and the School Safety and Security Grant. 

“Keeping the people of Ohio safe in the workplace is so important,” Gov. Mike DeWine said in a news release. “I encourage employers to look at these grant opportunities and invest in safety for their employees.”

The Safety Grant program has $35 million available to employers in fiscal year 2025.

“We are thrilled to once again offer these grants to Ohio’s employers,” said John Logue, BWC administrator/CEO. “When employers choose to invest in safety, we all win.”

The School Safety and Security-HVAC Grant program has been combined with the School Safety and Security Grant to simplify the application process for employers. All eligible expenses under SSSG-HVAC will now be available under SSSG.

The Safety Grant program paused applications in February due to “an overwhelmingly positive submission response,” the release states. BWC received an additional $8 million for grants submitted prior to Feb. 29. Employers who submitted prior to that date do not have to submit new applications. BWC began processing all remaining applications Monday.

Information on eligibility and policies for each grant can be found HERE.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.