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Safety & Security Grant Program

**Deadline: November 17, 2021 at Noon**

Applications are now being accepted for the 2021-2022 SDIS Safety and Security Grant Program! SDIS members are eligible to apply for a matching grant to help fund expenses related to projects that mitigate exposures to security threats.


The SDIS Safety & Security Grant program assists member with funding of safety and security project 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?
Over the last ten years, SDIS has experienced an increased number of vandalism, burglary, and cyber-related claims happening due to “crimes of opportunity”. These claims have contributed to significant loss to the insurance pool. As a result, mitigation of exposure to security threats is the focus of this year’s grant program. Examples of eligible projects include, but are not limited to:

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

What does “matching grant” mean?
This year’s program is a 25/75 or 50/50 matching grant program, which means the total of your security-related project expenses or project cost will be split between your district and SDIS. The amount that your district will be responsible for, as well as the maximum matching grant offered, will be dependent upon your district’s annual budget.

What do you mean by “a maximum matching grant”?
Grant funding is based upon your district’s annual budget and is demonstrated in the table below. For example, if your project expenses are $20,000 and your district’s annual budget is over $350,000, your matching grant would be in the amount of $10,000. If your district has an annual budget of less than $150,000, you will not be eligible to receive more than $3,000. For those with budgets between $150,000 and $350,000, the maximum benefit is $5,000.
Districts with an annual budget of:

Image depicting budget examples for safety and security grant matching funds

What if our expenses or project total is over the maximum amount?
If your district’s total project expenses exceed the maximum amount, the maximum benefit does not change. If your district has an annual budget of less than $150,000, you will not be eligible to receive more than $3,000. For those with budgets between $150,000 and $350,000, the maximum benefit is $5,000. And for districts with budgets over $350,000, the maximum amount is $10,000. 

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, 2021 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 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.

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 2020/2021 fiscal year (July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021).

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 worker 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 memberservices@sdao.com by noon on Wednesday, November 17, 2021. 

Applications received after noon on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 will not be considered.

 

For more information about this program, please contact Christian Boyd.


Safety & Security Grant Contact Information

SDAO
Attn: Christian Boyd
PO Box 12613
Salem OR 97309-0613


Email: cboyd@sdao.com.
Toll-free: 800-285-5461 ext. 102
Phone: 503-385-8949
Fax: 503-371-4781