Security Infrastructure Program (SIP)
Deadline extended to March 31, 2017
Since the start of the Security Infrastructure Program (SIP), Gladstone Consulting has been assisting places of worship, provincially and territorially recognized schools, and community centers apply for SIP grants to help meet their security needs and protect their communities.
A widely respected and popular program, SIP has been in place for a number of years. In 2017, Public Safety Canada announced improvements to make the program more responsive to the needs of communities at risk for hate-motivated crimes. Interested organizations can contact Gladstone Consulting to determine their eligibility and to begin the application process.
SIP funds help cover the costs of minor security infrastructure enhancements such as lighting, fencing, cameras, and alarms systems. Approved projects may receive up to 50% of total project costs, up to a maximum of $100,000 per project.
For 2017, improvements to SIP include:
- a wider range of costs will now be considered eligible, allowing communities to implement security measures both inside and outside of their facilities;
- all not-for-profit organizations linked to a community at risk can apply, not just those who have been victimized by hate-motivated crimes;
- funding decisions will be provided to applicants within four months of the close of each application call;
- the application process will be made more efficient.
- Proposals for the new intake process will now be accepted from December 1st to January 31st and from June 1st to July 31st of each year. This change has been implemented to help process proposals and move funds to eligible communities as quickly and efficiently as possible.
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
Gladstone Consulting will provide assistance to your organization throughout the grant application process, including:
- Initial determination of eligibility
- Recommendations of high-quality security consulting firms to estimate your security needs
- Highest quality assistance in completing your SIP application to Public Safety Canada specifications