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Security Grant Program

How to Apply
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Overhead Rolling Gates Image What Is the Security Grant Program? 

The objective of the Security Grant Program is to reduce the opportunity for crime and create a safer environment for employees and customers.  The program provides matching funds for the installation of eligible security improvements to commercial property.

Maximum Awards:
The program provides 50% reimbursement to commercial or industrial businesses or property owners for eligible security improvements. 60% reimbursement may be available on a case-by-case basis for utilization of Minority, Women and Small (MWSBE) firms.

Maximum grant awards are:
All buildings (unless shopping center) - $5,000
Owners of shopping centers with 3 or more tenants - $20,000
Individual shopping center tenants - $2,000

Eligible Applicants:

  • Owners (or tenants) of for-profit commercial buildings. Use of the building must conform to all current codes and ordinances; non-conforming uses of any kind are not allowed.
  • National/regional chains headquartered in Charlotte MSA.
  • Prohibited businesses include adult businesses, gambling including sweepstakes and cyber/internet cafes, new construction projects, businesses operating from residential property or residential uses, property owned by non-profit entities, and any non-conforming uses.
  • Owners of vacant buildings shall be eligible if the owner's purpose is to rehabilitate the structure to attract eligible businesses. Vacant buildings are subject to a clawback provision if space is occupied by a prohibited business within 12 months.
  • Portions of buildings occupied by ineligible businesses of any kind are ineligible for program funds.
  • Owners and tenants are eligible to re-apply until the maximum award is reached.
  • All real property and other taxes must be paid in full.

Eligible Geography:

Business, office and industrial zoned property located in the City's  Business Revitalization Geography are eligible.  Enter your property's address in the Neighborhood & Business Services Map Application to find out if your property lies within the Business Corridor Revitalization geography or view the Business Corridor Revitalization Program Geography Map(246k/pdf)

Alarm System ImageEligible Improvements:

Based on a security analysis by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer, improvements may include:
Alarm Systems (maximum $500 match); Gates; Security Lighting; Cameras; Windows; Doors; Ironwork; Fencing ; Locking Devices; Other Modifications

How the Program Works:

  • Applicant submits an initial application (Part 1) to Neighborhood & Business Services.
  • A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) Officer will visit the site to conduct a security analysis and will make security improvement recommendations prioritized in order of importance.
  • The CMPD recommendations, in order of importance as originally ranked by the Officer, are the improvements deemed eligible for participation in the program.
  • Applicant receives the CMPD recommendations with Part 2 of the application.
  • Applicant completes and submits Part 2 of the application identifying which CMPD recommendations they are choosing to complete, together with cost estimates for each item. Eligibility for the recommended items is based upon priority ranking as originally determined by the Officer.
  • Applicants using certified MWSBE contractors may undergo a MWSBE Utilization & Goal Setting Review to determine if the project qualifies for 60% award (refer to Maximum Award section).
  • City enters into a grant contract with Applicant for 50% (60% for MWSBE utilization) of the costs for the CMPD approved items.
  • Applicant completes installation of the eligible improvements and provides City with paid receipts and cancelled checks for work completed together with photos of each completed improvement. The City will not contract to perform any of the work.
  • Applicants are responsible for obtaining all necessary governmental permits and authorizations.
  • Staff will be permitted to inspect the project to ensure conformance with the grant contract.
  • The City does not reimburse for any work performed prior to application approval and contract signing.
  • The City will authorize reimbursement payment after, among other things, completion of the project. Proof of payment is required for reimbursement. Funds are paid based on actual costs incurred up to the maximum amount of the grant awarded.
  • Approved projects should be completed within 90 days or funds may not be guaranteed
Additional Program Information:

  • Projects may be phased, but sites are limited to the maximum award set forth above.
  • Work is expected to be done by professionals and to be completed within 90 days of approval.
  • No expenses will be reimbursed for work done prior to the grant being awarded and the grant contract signed.
  • Staff will be permitted to inspect the project to ensure conformance with the grant contract.
Additional program requirements or restrictions may apply