The application period is now open for the 2014 Georgia-Pacific Bucket Brigade™ grant program. These grants provide support to fire departments that serve communities that have a Georgia-Pacific facility or where its employees reside. It is the company’s way of giving back to the departments that keep their families, homes, and workplaces safe.
About 70 percent of our nation’s firefighters are volunteers, who selflessly give of themselves to keep the people and property in their communities safe. However, many departments are struggling to provide the necessary resources for these responders to perform their duties. The Georgia-Pacific Bucket Brigade program helps provide local fire departments with the necessities they need to protect and educate their communities.
Since 2006, Georgia-Pacific has awarded more than $1.25 million to fire departments. These grants help departments fund equipment, resources, and programming. In addition, Georgia-Pacific provides safety education materials to departments to use in local schools.
To be eligible for a grant, departments must be located within 30 miles of a Georgia-Pacific facility. The grants awarded range between $2,500-$10,000 and can be used to fund a variety of necessities, including turnout gear, breathing apparatus, water pumps, hoses and nozzles, and more. In addition, all applicants will receive a complimentary one-year NVFC Department Membership, courtesy of Georgia-Pacific.
Visit www.gpbucketbrigade.com to learn more about the program, download the application, and view a list of Georgia-Pacific facility locations. Completed applications must be submitted to your local Georgia-Pacific facility for approval. Approved applications are due to Georgia-Pacific headquarters by July 11.