About this grant
The Business Security Grant is an initiative that will sponsor new technology installations or upgrades in storefronts across the city. Businesses can apply for up to $5,000 of funds for eligible expenses like cameras, cloud storage, or lighting. In addition to improving the infrastructure and safety of participating businesses, the Business Security Grant Program also aims to expand partnerships with the South Bend Police Department.
Grant amounts of up to $5,000 will be awarded based on security needs.
Application Deadline: October 13th, 2023
Who can apply?
Local businesses and property managers with physical locations in South Bend may apply for this grant. This does not include businesses operating out of residential addresses.
Grant Spending Plan
Businesses will need to submit a grant spending plan which outlines the type of security expenses purchased or to be purchased and the estimated costs. If you are not sure how to complete your spending plan, you can apply for a free business security assessment from the city.
Preferential consideration will be given to businesses willing to opt-in to the Real Time Crime Center camera integration through Fusus. Learn more at syncsouthbend.org.
Grant award notifications will go out after the application closes and grantees are selected.
Grantees will be required sign a grant agreement and add their business to the directory via registration at syncsouthbend.org.
Purchases made for any of these expenses on or after January 1st, 2023 still qualify for funding on a reimbursement basis.
- Fusus Core
- Fusus Core subscription
- Exterior cameras from open systems
- Cloud services
- Digital storage
- Video Management Systems
- Technical help/assistance
- Installation needs
Recommended minimum specifications are resolution of 1080p or 3MP, 30 fps, IR night vision, internet upload speeds of 10Mbps, and 60GB of storage per camera.
Frequently Asked Questions
What if I already purchased new security equipment this year?
Purchases made on or after January 1st, 2023 qualify for reimbursement through this grant.
Is this grant only for downtown businesses?
No. We welcome any local business with a physical commercial location within South Bend to apply.
Can I complete the application over the phone or by mail?
If businesses need assistance filling out the form, please call 311 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How are grants evaluated?
Grants are evaluated based on the following:
- Need articulated
- Plans to integrate into the City’s Real Time Crime Center
Is this grant open to nonprofits or tax-exempt organizations?
Unfortunately, this program is currently only available to businesses and property managers within the City of South Bend, If you are a charity, nonprofit, or a tax-exempt organization, we would like to note your interest, however, and follow-up with other programs/resources as they become available. Please join our mailing list to receive information about future opportunities HERE
How long is the application open?
The deadline to apply for the Business Security Grant is October 13th, 2023.
How long do I have to spend funds?
You will have 6 months to submit proof of intent for spend down of funds, with the option to request an extension with supporting documentation.
Will city personnel help with the installation of security equipment?
No; but businesses are able to use the grant money to to pay for installation needs.
Are there minimum requirements for cameras?
Suggested minimum specifications for security cameras include;
- Resolution of 1080p or 5MP,
- 30 fps,
- IR night vision,
- Internet upload speed of 10Mbps,
- and 60GB per camera
Registration and Integration
What is the difference between registration and integration?
Registration: Enables the South Bend Police Department to know a camera is present at your location and easily request video evidence should an incident occur.
Integration: Allows the South Bend Police Department access to your camera feed in case of an emergency near your location.
How do I register my cameras with the South Bend Police Department?
You can register your cameras at Sync South Bend.
How do I integrate my cameras with the South Bend Police Department?
To integrate your cameras, you will need to purchase a small fususCORE device that plugs into your camera system.