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Feature Story

April 2020

$2 Million in Pool Safely Grants Available

By Dave Ramont

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently announced that state and local governments could apply for the Pool Safely Grant Program. The program will award up to $2 million in two-year grants to assist jurisdictions in reducing injuries and deaths resulting from drowning and drain entrapment incidents in pools and spas.

"These grants can make a real difference and potentially save lives as communities work to educate consumers about drowning and entrapment dangers, and enforce pool safety laws locally," according to Robert Adler, CPSC acting chairman. "This funding will provide assistance to state and local programs in continuing this lifesaving work to reduce the risk of drowning."

CPSC aims to make drowning and drain entrapment prevention a critical public safety priority, and the Pool Safely Grant Program is part of that national campaign. In December 2007, President George W. Bush signed the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act (VGB Act) into law, after the legislation was authored and advanced by Rep. Debbie Wasserman (D-Florida). The VGB Act seeks to provide state and local governments with assistance for education, training and enforcement of pool safety requirements. The CPSC grants are made possible through the VGB Act.

Grant applications will be accepted through May 14, 2020, with grants awarded on or about July 29, 2020. Applicants must be a state or local government or U.S. Territory that has enacted or amended state and/or local laws that meet the requirements of the VGB Act. Each applicant can request up to $400,000 in federal funds under the program.

The funding will assist state and local governments in implementing enforcement and education programs to prevent the drowning and drain entrapment of children in pools and spas. Specific activities that the funding may be used for, pool safety tips and additional information about the grant program and the VGB Act can be found at CPSC's website: The site features a broad range of free, downloadable information for state and local officials, as well as the swimming pool and spa industry and the general public.

In 2019, Pool Safely Grant Program funds were awarded to the Florida, Virginia and Rhode Island Departments of Health, along with the City of North Las Vegas in Nevada and the City of Columbus in Ohio.

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