Communities at Risk: Security Infrastructure Program (SIP)
The purpose of the SIP is to support the implementation of projects to help communities with a demonstrated history of being victimized by hate-motivated crime through the enhancement of their security infrastructure.
Public Safety Canada receives applications from December 1st to January 31st and from June 1st to July 31st of each year.
Please note that improvements have been made to the application guide, application form and the budget template.
To make it simple, efficient and secure for applicants, Public Safety Canada has introduced a new application process. Applicants are now encouraged to submit their application using the online application form.
Funding is available to not-for-profit organizations that are at risk of being victimized by hate-motivated crime. It helps with the costs of security infrastructure improvements for places of worship, provincially and territorially recognized private educational institutions, and community centers.
Crown Corporations, publicly funded 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 Public Safety Canada contribution of $100,000 per project. Proposals may be approved in their entirety or in part.
Applicants must demonstrate that they are able to provide 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.
The maximum amount of in-kind contributions is 10% of the total project cost. The supplier and installation company chosen to perform the work cannot provide in-kind contributions.
In-kind contributions include labour, equipment and expertise and can contribute to 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 funding 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.
For a more detailed list of eligible and ineligible costs please refer to the Application Guide.
The criteria-based assessment process ensures that all project proposals are evaluated objectively.
Project proposals will be reviewed against the following criteria:
- The nature and frequency of hate-motivated incidents against the project site;
- Demonstration of how the applicant's community is at risk of being targeted by hate-motivated crime;
- The security infrastructure equipment currently in place;
- The ability of the applicant to develop, implement, manage, monitor, and document the project within the specified timeframe and budget; and
- The ability to maintain any infrastructure equipment acquired or installed through SIP funding.
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. Detailed information and forms are accessible in the application kit below:
- Application Guide
- Online application form NEW!
- Instructions for completing the Budget Template
- Budget Template (XLS format)
- Terms and conditions for contribution funding
Applicants will receive a funding decision within four months following the close of each call for proposals.
We request that interested applicants submit completed applications using the online application form. Please contact us for assistance or to obtain alternate formats.
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 the close of the call.
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