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Safety & Security Grant Program

**The 2022-23 application deadline has passed. Information about the 2023-24 program will be available in the summer of 2023.**


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 the success of last year’s program focusing on security-related exposures, we will continue that same focus for this year. We received our highest number of requests in program history, and as a result, we quickly exhausted the available funding. In order to best serve our members and expand opportunity, the structure of the grant match has been slightly changed to allow us to fund a greater number of requests. The 2022-2023 matching grant program will focus on projects that mitigate exposure to security threats. Examples of eligible projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Alarms
  • Cameras
  • Cybersecurity Equipment
  • Fencing
  • Lighting
  • Securing Valuables
  • Window Film

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.

What do you mean by “a maximum of $5,000”?
If your district is planning a $10,000 project, you can apply to receive a maximum of $5,000 from SDIS.

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.

The committee will use the following priority levels in determining grant recipients:

First Priority for Funding
Expenses incurred after July 1, 2022 related to safety and security projects designed to mitigate exposure to vandalism, burglary, and/or cyber-related claims.

Second Priority for Funding
New Safety and Security Projects

  • Your district may apply for any new safety or security project you choose. Examples include, but are note 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.

Other Priority Information for Funding
Grant applicants who have never received an SDIS Safety & Security Grant will be given priority over those who have received one in the past. We will then give priority to applicants who did not receive an SDIS Safety & Security Grant in the 2021/2022 fiscal year (July 1, 2021-June 30, 2022)

Other Important Information
The purpose of this program is to reduce risk exposures by assisting our members to complete safety and security related projects. Your district must have insurance coverage for the risk exposure you are trying to mitigate. For example, if you do not have workers’ compensation coverage through SDIS, a project that improves work safety would not be eligible.

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 by noon on Wednesday, November 16, 2022. Download a copy of the application.

Applications received after noon on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 will not be considered. For more information about this program, please contact

Safety & Security Grant Contact Information

Attn: Member Services
PO Box 12613
Salem OR 97309-0613

Toll-free: 800-285-5461
Phone: 503-371-8667
Fax: 503-371-4781