The Missouri Department of Public Safety has announced the availability of up to $20,000 in grant funding opportunities for local law enforcement, fire departments, and EMS agencies. The department encouraged interested agencies to act quickly as the deadline to apply for the grants is December 5, 2022. A total of $30 million in grants is available, $10 million for each public safety discipline.

The three scholarships are:
– Peace Officer Grant (POG), $10 million in total funding.
-Fire Protection Grant (FPG), $10 million in total funding.
– Emergency Medical Service Provider Grant (EMSPG), $10 million in total funding.

Eligible grant expenses include equipment, supplies, training/travel, staff, and benefits. Some equipment may have specific requirements to be eligible for funding. Grants require 50% local matching (for example, if the total cost of a project was $40,000, the local grantee would be responsible for $20,000 and ARPA’s share of the grant would be $20,000). Local ARPA grant funds may be used for the local game. In-kind matches (soft match) must be directly related to the project and can be retroactive to March 2020. No substitutions are allowed.

Applications will only be accepted through the Missouri Department of Public Safety’s online WebGrants system: https://dpsgrants.dps.mo.gov/index.do.

Grant recipients will be notified of their awards in December 2022. Grant funds will be expended by April 30, 2023. Funding for these public safety grants is made available through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and was made possible through Missouri House Bill 3020. The Department of Public Safety is the grant administrator.

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