Grants support local fire department equipment and necessities
The application period for the 2018 Georgia-Pacific Bucket Brigade™ grant program is open through July 6. These grants support fire departments that serve in Georgia-Pacific facility communities and are the company’s way of giving back to the departments that keep their families, homes, and workplaces safe.
About two thirds of U.S. fire departments are all-volunteer. Many of these departments are also underfunded, leaving the firefighters who risk their lives every day to protect people, property, and pets to do their jobs with outdated or otherwise inadequate equipment. Georgia-Pacific launched its Bucket Brigade program to help support local fire departments and the brave men and women who strive to keep our communities safe.
Since the program began in 2006, Georgia-Pacific has awarded over $2 million to local fire departments though cash grants and safety education materials. Grants help departments fund needed gear, equipment, and resources. In addition, Georgia-Pacific provides all applicants with a complimentary one-year department membership to the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC).
“We appreciate Georgia-Pacific’s exemplary commitment to giving back to the men and women who protect our communities,” said NVFC Chair Kevin D. Quinn. “Many fire departments struggle to obtain up-to-date gear and equipment to adequately outfit their members. We are proud to partner with Georgia-Pacific to provide local fire departments with the tools and resources they need to effectively and safely do their jobs.”
To be eligible for a grant, departments must be located within 30 miles of a Georgia-Pacific facility. Grant awards range between $1,000-$10,000 and can be used to fund a variety of necessities, including turnout and safety gear, breathing apparatus, water pumps, hoses and nozzles, and more.
Based in Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific and its subsidiaries are among the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of bath tissue, paper towels and napkins, tableware, paper-based packaging, office papers, cellulose, specialty fibers, nonwoven fabrics, building products and related chemicals. The company employs approximately 35,000 people directly, and creates nearly 92,000 jobs indirectly. Founded in 1958, the Georgia-Pacific Foundation has four key investment areas: education, community enrichment, environment, and entrepreneurship. For more information on the Georgia-Pacific Foundation, visit www.gp.com/Company/Community/Foundation.