VRSA Risk Management Grant applications open Aug. 2

As the risks to our members are always evolving, so too must the Risk Management Grant (RMG) program. The American Rescue Plan Act provided localities with direct-aid funds as well as formula-driven grants that support many purposes, including cybersecurity, infrastructure, schools, law enforcement, and more.

To that end, for the 2021 grant cycle, the Virginia Risk Sharing Association (VRSA) has identified four priority areas that have a direct impact on members’ loss histories.

These areas are:

  1. Auto liability;
  2. Workers’ compensation;
  3. Emerging risks; and
  4. Professional management development.

VRSA grant applications will be accepted beginning Monday, Aug. 2. Grants are designed to assist members in expanding their risk management programs by funding safety equipment, training and educational scholarships to cover professional management, leadership and governance training.

“Since we began offering grants, VRSA has distributed more than $3 million to strengthen risk management programs and help members promote their strategic goals,” said VRSA Director of Education and Training Thomas Bullock.

Over the past year, VRSA provided grants to 174 members, including those highlighted below.

The City of Manassas Park used grant funds to aid in tuition for Assistant to the City Manager Christopher Himes to continue his education on Virginia local government through the Virginia Local Governmental Management certificate program at Virginia Tech.

Hanover County used grant funds to purchase new sensors for the Beaverdam Volunteer Fire Company.

The Town of McKenney was able to rebuild a deteriorating handicap accessible ramp into their offices through grant funds.

The grant application will be on the VRSA website Monday, Aug. 2. Answers to frequently asked questions can be found here. Questions regarding the VRSA Risk Management Grant program should be directed to Bullock at: tbullock@vrsa.us