For Release: 05/05/2020

Helping everyday heroes: MGU offering Rewarding Responders Grant to enhance public safety

Monroe — Keeping communities safe is more important than ever. To help the men and women bravely taking this responsibility on each day, Michigan Gas Utilities (MGU) is providing its Rewarding Responders Grant to support area first responders. Emergency response agencies operating in the MGU service area can apply for a grant now through June 15.

In 2019, MGU provided new equipment to three southern Michigan fire departments through the grant to assist them with improving safety in their communities.

Enhancing safety through essential equipment

MGU began offering the Rewarding Responders Grant in 2015 to support emergency response agencies in southern Michigan. Since that time, nearly $40,000 has been provided through the grant to help 20 agencies purchase equipment or training to improve public safety. Examples of equipment funded through the grants include firefighter turnout clothing, 911 emergency call simulators and a water rescue raft.

Applying for a grant

To be eligible for a grant, emergency response agencies must:

  • Operate in the MGU service area.
  • Complete an online grant application.
  • Demonstrate the equipment or training they wish to purchase is part of a well-planned effort to improve public safety. Grants also can be used for safety-related projects that are unique, one-time efforts.

Grants of up to $2,000 are available to each eligible department. Interested agencies can apply or learn more information here.

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