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Safety & Security Grant Program

Applications are now being accepted for the 2020-21 SDIS Safety and Security Grant Program! SDIS members are eligible to apply for a matching grant (maximum of $2,500) to help fund expenses related to COVID-19 or a new safety and security-related project.


2020-21 FAQ
What does “matching grant” mean?

This is a 50/50 matching grant program, which means the total of your COVID-19 expenses or project cost will be split equally between your district and SDIS, up to a maximum of $2,500.


What do you mean by “a maximum of $2,500”?
If your district’s COVID-19 expenses or project costs add up to $5,000, you can apply to receive a maximum of $2,500 from SDIS..

 

What if our expenses or project total is over $5,000?
If your district’s total COVID-19 expenses or planned project are over $5,000, the maximum matching grant from SDIS will be $2,500.

 

What expenses or projects will qualify for the matching grant?

First Priority for Funding
COVID-19-related expenses that are not reimbursed by the CARES Act* or FEMA**

  • Examples of eligible expenses include disinfection units, cleaning equipment, retrofitting HVAC with HEPA/disinfection, non-disposable PPE/respirators (elastomeric N95s, PAPRs), electronics (video conferencing equipment, computer VPN software), and durable equipment. Payroll-related and disposable PPE will not be considered.

*Expenses that have been or will be reimbursed under any federal program, such as the reimbursement by the federal government pursuant to the CARES Act of contributions by states to state unemployment funds.

**FEMA will de-obligate any public assistance funding that has been provided if another source provides funds to the applicant for the same clinical care costs.

Second Priority for Funding
Safety and security projects

  • 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.

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 worker safety would not be eligible.


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.


What projects will qualify for the matching grant?
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.

 

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

  • First Priority: Expenses incurred after July 1, 2020 related to COVID-19
  • Second Priority: New safety and security projects


When is the application deadline?
Fill out and return the application for your district by mail to SDAO, PO Box 12613, Salem, Oregon 97309 or email to eknaus@sdao.com by noon on Wednesday, November 18, 2020. You can download a copy of the application here. Applications received after noon on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 will not be considered..

2020 Safety and Security Grant Application .pdf

For more information about this program , please contact Emily Knaus at eknaus@sdao.com.


Safety & Security Grant Contact Information

SDAO
Attn: Emily Knaus
PO Box 12613
Salem OR 97309-0613


Email: eknaus@sdao.com.
Toll-free: 800-285-5461 ext. 101
Phone: 503-375-8881
Fax: 503-371-4781