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Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Mini-Grant PILOT PROGRAM

Mini-grants for FY20 are no longer being accepted. Please check back on July 1st for information regarding the FY21 Mini-Grant

What is the Mini-Grant?

The City of San Rafael is seeking mini-grant proposals from eligible local businesses to provide a multi-disciplinary approach to reduce illegal dumping through environmental design.  Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) strategies aim to reduce victimization, deter offender decisions that precede criminal acts, and build a sense of community among inhabitants so they can gain territorial control of area and reduce opportunities for crime and fear of crime. 

The City of San Rafael spends nearly a quarter of a million dollars annually addressing the problems of public dumping.  Nearly 20% of Public Works’ time is spent collecting and disposing of waste that is dumped on city streets and sidewalks creating a public nuisance, and a safety hazard for the community.  This crime is often difficult to detect as it occurs at all hours of the day throughout the City.  A disproportionate amount of waste is being disposed of in the east part of San Rafael.   The City of San Rafael is looking to partner with the community through education, reporting and prevention to reduce the amount of waste illegally dumped on public and private property.  One proven way to minimize dumping is through environmental design. Environmental design, or physical security improvements, can include but is not limited to increasing night time light or installing video surveillance cameras. 

These mini-grant awards will be made to local businesses in East San Rafael whose proposals innovatively address one or more of the following programs goals: 

  1. Viable, long term solutions to address illegal dumping on public and private property.
  2. Overall crime reduction for the property.

This mini-grant program is funded by the City’s Department of Public Works; the pilot program run until designated funds have been used.  The City of San Rafael Police Department will administer the mini-grant pilot program.

If selected, the City of San Rafael agrees to reimburse each grantee up to a maximum of $1,000 (one thousand dollars) for equipment/materials deemed appropriate for crime prevention through environmental design. 

Mini-Grant Eligibility Requirements and Funding Availability

Business license holders within the geographic area of East San Rafael, which encompasses the area from Grand Avenue Bridge at Francisco Boulevard East, Highway 101, Highway 580 and all of the businesses to the San Rafael Creek and San Rafael Bay 

A total of $10,000 is available for the mini-grant program. The number of grant awards available will be determined based on the amount of each award. Applicants may request up to $1,000. Funding may not be used for salaries or other personnel or labor costs. 

Mini-Grant Application and Implementation Process

Only electronically submitted applications will be considered.

Grant applications should be no longer than three (3) pages.  Applicants will receive an email acknowledgement of their application submission within one (1) business days.  Applications are accepted on a ‘rolling’ basis, which means that applications will be evaluated and grant award decisions will be made on a “first-come, first-served basis” during the application submission window. Therefore, it is advantageous to apply as early as possible. 

Applicants will be notified of their status within 30-days of submission.

Grant recipients will be required to notify Sergeant Todd Berringer that the work has been completed and is available to be inspected.  Sergeant Todd Berringer can be reached at or (415) 485-3195. 

Applicants may be limited to one (1) grant application per program year.

Selection Criteria

Proposals will be scored based on the following criteria: 

  1. Likely effectiveness – the extent to which the project is likely to achieve the mini-grant program’s goal of  reducing illegal dumping on public and/or private property (50 points); 
  2. Specificity – the extent to which the project accurately reflects the work to be done (25 points); 
  3. Coverage – the extent to which the proposed Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design strategy (ie. fencing, surveillance cameras, lighting, etc.) will impact other businesses and/or public spaces (25 points)  

Proposals that do not clearly specify the location of the business or the CPTED strategies will not be considered. 

Proposals will be reviewed and selected by representatives from Sustainability, Department of Public Works and the Police Department.  These representatives will be the mini-grant review committee.  The selected proposals will be recommended to Sergeant Todd Berringer, who will make the final award decision.


Please contact Sergeant Todd Berringer at or (415) 485-3195 with questions regarding the mini-grant program.

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