Communities at Risk: Security Infrastructure Program (SIP)
The Communities at Risk: Security Infrastructure Program is designed to help communities at risk of hate-motivated crime improve their security infrastructure, which will help make Canada safer for all Canadians.
Public Safety Canada receives applications from December 1st to January 31st and from June 1st to July 31st of each year. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications well in advance of the anticipated start date of their project.
Funding is available to not-for-profit organizations linked to a community at risk of being victimized by hate-motivated crime. The funds help with the costs of security infrastructure improvements for places of worship, provincially and territorially recognized educational institutions, and community centers.
Crown Corporations, public institutions, for-profit organizations and individuals are not eligible for funding.
Approved projects may receive up to 50% of total project costs to a maximum of $100,000 per project. Proposals may be approved in their entirety or in part.
Applicants must demonstrate that they are able to provide cash and in-kind contributions amounting to at least 50% of the total project costs. These contributions must be from non-governmental sources and must be confirmed at the time the application is submitted.
In-kind contributions include labour, equipment and expertise. In-kind contributions can serve as an organization’s funding commitment to the project; these contributions must be detailed in the project proposal and assigned a fair market value.
SIP funding cannot be used in combination with any other federal/provincial/ territorial/regional/municipal government fundingthe applicant for the same purpose, activities and eligible costs.
Examples of eligible costs include:
- Security assessments.
- Minor construction costs related to the project, including fees for contractors, labour and equipment rental required to install security infrastructure.
- Security equipment and hardware costs, including alarm systems, fences, gates, lighting, security film for windows, closed circuit television systems, cameras, relocation of existing cameras, anti-graffiti sealant, motion detectors, signage and landscaping.
The criteria-based assessment process ensures that all project proposals are evaluated objectively.
Project proposals will be reviewed against the following criteria:
- The level of supporting documentation provided regarding recent and direct acts of hate-motivated crime against the project site, or demonstrating how the applicant is at risk of being targeted by hate-motivated crime.
- Whether the applicant has previously received SIP funding.
- The amount of security/infrastructure currently in place.
- Experiences or demonstrated incidents of hate-motivated crime in the immediate area within the past two years.
- The capacity of the applicant to develop, implement, manage, monitor, and document the project within the specified timeframe and budget.
- The level of community support; although a statement of support from local law enforcement is not mandatory, it may assist in the assessment of this criterion.
Successful applicants will be required to submit a final project report to Public Safety Canada three months after project completion.
How to Apply
Interested organizations must complete an application for funding under the Communities at risk: Security Infrastructure Program. Detailed information and forms are accessible in the application kit below:
- Application Guide
- Application Form (HTML)
- Instructions for completing the Budget Template
- Budget Template (XLS format)
- Terms and conditions for contribution funding
Completed applications must be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. The maximum file size limit for email attachments is 10Mb. The assessment of applications will be based on the material included with the original electronic submission.
Funding decisions are made based on bi-annual review sessions, held in the spring and fall. Applicants will be notified of the status of their respective applications within weeks of their review session.
Please direct requests for assistance to email@example.com. Program Officers are available to provide advice on the eligibility of applicants, activities and costs and to answer general questions. Please note that Program Officers will not review completed applications prior to submission.
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