Applications are now being accepted for the 2023-2024 SDIS Safety & Security Grant Program! SDIS members are eligible to apply for a matching grant to help fund expenses related to projects that mitigate exposures to cybersecurity threats or a new safety and security-related project. The SDIS Safety & Security Grant Program assists members with funding of safety and security projects that lead to reduced exposure in high-level claims categories. It is our goal to eliminate or lower risk to the SDIS insurance program by supporting members’ proactive approaches to preventing loss.
WHAT IS THE FOCUS OF THIS YEAR’S PROGRAM?
Due to increasing claims related to cybersecurity, our first priority for grant funding will be cybersecurity-related projects. Members can receive up to a maximum of $5,000 matching grant. Examples of eligible projects include, but are not limited to:
- Network and application security
- Database and infrastructure security
- Cloud and mobile device security
- Database and critical infrastructure security
Non-cybersecurity-related safety and security projects will qualify for second priority. Members applying under our second priority are eligible for a matching grant up to a maximum of $2,500. Your district may apply for any new safety or security project you choose. Examples include, but are not limited to, video surveillance equipment, security systems, enhanced parking lot lighting, and safe shop equipment. Routine maintenance to existing facilities and normal business expenses will not be considered. Examples of eligible projects include, but are not limited to:
- Window Film
- Securing Valuables
WHAT DOES “MATCHING GRANT” MEAN?
This is a 50/50 matching grant program, which means the cost of the project will be split equally between your district and SDIS, up to a maximum of $5,000 for first priority projects and $2,500 for second priority projects.
WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY “A MAXIMUM OF $5,000” OR “A MAXIMUM OF $2,500”?
If your district is planning a $10,000 cybersecurity project, you can apply to receive a maximum of $5,000. If the project is $15,000, the maximum is still $5,000. If you are applying for a general safety and security grant, you are eligible for up to a maximum of $2,500. If your project is $4,000 you can apply for a grant up to $2,000. Anything $5,000 or over would be the maximum of $2,500.
WHO DECIDES IF OUR GRANT REQUEST IS ACCEPTED OR DENIED?
The SDIS Safety Grant Committee will review each application to determine which are eligible to receive funding. Matching grants will be awarded to applicants that meet the eligibility requirements by order of priority and on a first come, first served basis. After the first priority level has been funded, grants will be awarded to applicants in the second priority level.
HOW CAN WE APPLY?
Fill out and return the application for your district by mail to SDAO, PO Box 12613, Salem, Oregon 97309 or email to email@example.com.
Application Deadline: 12pm on Wednesday, November 15, 2023.
Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.