For Release: May 3, 2016
Contact: Clem Zabalza, 800.482.7276, ext. 2833
Risk Management Loss Prevention Grants

Grant Program Targets Loss Prevention

(Austin) — Grants totaling $700,000 have been awarded to 222 public school districts and education entities by the TASB Risk Management Fund. These grants help implement loss prevention and safety initiatives that reduce the potential for property losses and on-the-job injuries, improve emergency management operations, and raise awareness of safety issues. Since 1998, the Fund’s Loss Prevention Grant program has distributed 3,044 total grants of more than $8.11 million to Fund members in the workers’ compensation and property and auto programs. 

"The TASB Risk Management Fund is committed to meeting the needs of our members," said Clem Zabalza, division director of TASB Risk Management Member Solutions. "This year, our members submitted more grant applications than ever before. These grants help members implement creative solutions that reduce their risks, preserving resources for their primary mission as educators."

The 2016 grants were awarded to 209 school districts, eight community colleges, four regional education service centers, and one shared services arrangement. Workers’ compensation grants focused on fall prevention, personal lifting devices, and personal protective equipment. Facilities security initiatives, driver improvement, and vehicle safety were the primary areas receiving grants under the property and auto programs. Unemployment and liability grants dealt with human resources training and emergency management.

The TASB Risk Management Fund is the oldest and largest risk sharing pool serving Texas school districts and other members of the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB). The Fund provides workers’ compensation, property, liability, auto, and unemployment compensation coverage to more than 1,100 members. The Fund Five "S" Difference—focusing on Strength, Stability, Savings, Service, and Simplicity for its members—has been the foundation of its success for 40 years.