PSD - Grants and Initiatives
Community safety initiatives and resources
Community safety and well-being planning
Ontario has been working with police and community partners to develop a modernized approach to community safety and well-being that will help communities address local crime and complex social issues.
As part of this work, municipalities are required to develop a community safety and well-being plan in consultation with service providers and community partners.
The resources below support local community safety and well-being planning efforts.
- Crime Prevention in Ontario: A Framework for Action booklet focuses on promoting the benefits of community safety and well-being to Ontario communities.
- Community Safety and Well-being in Ontario: A Snapshot of Local Voices booklet highlights locally-identified community safety and well-being challenges and practices.
- Community Safety and Well-being Planning Framework: A Shared Commitment in Ontario booklet provides support to municipalities and First Nations communities in creating community safety and well-being plans, including how to work collaboratively across sectors to identify and address local priority risks by focusing on prevention and social development programs.
- Guidance on Information Sharing in Multi-Sectoral Risk Intervention Models outlines best practices for professionals where information is shared about individuals or families to connect them to services in the community and mitigate their acute risk of harm.
Risk-driven tracking database
The Risk-driven Tracking Database is a tool that helps communities collect information on local priorities such as risks, vulnerable groups and protective factors. This data can be used along with other local data from community partners to develop community safety and well-being plans that respond to the unique needs of each municipality.
For additional information on the Risk-Driven Tracking Database or to access a copy of the annual reports, please contact SafetyPlanning@Ontario.ca.
Current grant programs
- Safer and Vital Communities Grant provides funding to community-based, not-for-profit organizations and First Nations Chiefs and Band Councils to address local risks to safety and well-being in the community.
Applying for the Safer and Vital Communities Grant
Applications are now being accepted for the 2020-2022 Safer and Vital Communities Grant that focus on bringing together community partners to combat hate motivated crimes in Ontario. The following organizations are eligible to apply:
- community-based, not-for-profit organizations
- Indigenous community-based, not-for-profit organizations
- First Nation Band Councils
The theme for the 2020-22 grant is “Preventing Hate Motivated Crime through Community Collaboration”. This supports a community-based approach to addressing issues related to hate motivated crime and the increase of police-reported hate crime in Ontario.
Contact SafetyPlanning@ontario.ca to receive an application package.
Completed applications, along with all supporting documents, must be submitted by 4 p.m. on September 16, 2020. Submissions that are late, incomplete or not accompanied by the required documents, will not be considered for funding and exceptions will not be given.
- Proceeds of Crime – Frontline Policing Grant uses assets seized by the provincial and federal governments during criminal prosecutions to help the police carry out specific crime prevention projects in the community.
- Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (RIDE) Grant provides funding to enhance regular RIDE spot-check activities carried out by local police services.
- Constable Joe MacDonald Public Safety Officers’ Survivors Scholarship Fund recognizes the sacrifice made by our public safety officers and their families to keep Ontario safe, and is available to the spouses and children of public safety officers who have died in the line of duty.
- First Nations Constable Fund supports 40 First Nations constables across nine First Nations police services.
- Hate Crime Extremism Investigative Team Grant supports a team of 14 municipal police services, as well as the Ontario Provincial Police, who focus on crime involving hate propaganda, the promotion of genocide, hate-motivated crimes and criminal extremism.
- Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the Internet protects children from online exploitation, with the help of municipal police services, the OPP, crown attorneys, and victim service providers.
- Ontario Association of Crime Stoppers Program is a partnership between the public, the police and the media that allows citizens to anonymously help the police solve crimes. Funds go towards operating an answering service that receives crime-related tips outside of regular business hours.
- Court Security and Prisoner Transportation Program provides funding to municipalities to assist in offsetting their court security and prisoner transportation costs.
- Community Safety and Policing Grant provides police services with the necessary tools and resources to enable deployment of front-line officers where and when they are needed most, as well as support police services as they implement public safety and community policing initiatives that focus on local or provincial priorities.
- The Ontario Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) Grant Program supports the expansion of CCTV systems in municipalities across the province, as part of Ontario’s guns, gangs and violence reduction strategy. The grant supports police services and communities in increasing public safety. It is available to all municipal and First Nations police services as well as the Ontario Provincial Police.
For more information about any of the grant programs, please contact SafetyPlanning@Ontario.ca.