Up to $250,000 PSIF funding is available for local councils to support projects on community safety and confidence in public places.

Public Safety Infrastructure Fund (PSIF)

 

Public Safety Infrastructure Fund (PSIF)

The Public Safety Infrastructure Fund (PSIF) grants are available to support Victorian councils to undertake the development and improvement of public safety and security infrastructure.

 

Objectives

The objectives of the Public Safety Infrastructure Fund (PSIF) grants are to:

  • Support councils to improve local public safety and security infrastructure in local communities
  • Increase community safety and confidence in public places
  • Encourage local communities to apply innovative crime and community safety solutions to areas
  • Build the knowledge base about best practice public safety infrastructure solutions, and capture and share lessons learned
  • Promote the development and delivery of integrated crime prevention initiatives as part of a strategic approach to local community safety
  • Promote widespread engagement in community crime prevention initiatives across Victoria.

 

Funding

Up to $250,000 (GST excl) for any one council. Minimum application: $10,000.

 

Eligible Projects

Grant applications for the Public Safety Infrastructure Fund (PSIF) are open only to Victorian Local Government Authorities. Councils may submit more than one application, however the maximum combined total a council may apply for through this round of funding is $250,000 (excluding GST).

While multiple project locations may be included in one application, the assessment criteria must be addressed for each location and the budget relating to each site must be made clear. Where there are different project types across sites, such as lighting at one site and Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) at another, separate applications should be submitted for each site.

Examples of eligible crime prevention projects include, but are not limited to:

  • streetscape and amenity improvements in public spaces designed to minimise the risk of crime and support safe behaviour. For example removing entrapment points, enhancing natural surveillance and encouraging increased and mixed-use of public spaces
  • vandal resistant lighting systems, or other physical security or safety measures, such as perimeter fencing, bollards, and security grade door and window treatments for community facilities
  • any physical element of a public place CCTV system including signage. To be eligible for funding, the proposed CCTV system must be focused on a public place. For the purposes of these grants, this is defined as “any place to which the public has access as of right or by invitation, whether express or implied and where no charge is made for admission to the place”. A public place does not include a private place. Note, grant funds are provided for the physical infrastructure only and will not be given for system design, monitoring, ongoing licensing or maintenance.

 

Eligible Applicants

Grant applications for the Public Safety Infrastructure Fund (PSIF) are only open to Victorian councils.

 

Timing

Applications close 2 September 2016.

 

More Information

 

Media Release

Local communities across Victoria are sharing in $3 million in grants to enhance public spaces and reduce crime, as the Andrews Labor Government works to build a safer state.

Minister for Police Lisa Neville today announced the latest round of the Public Safety Infrastructure Fund (PSIF) grants – providing up to $250,000 in funding for 17 local crime prevention projects. Successful projects include:

  • Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) systems to keep watch over public spaces
  • streetscape and amenity improvements
  • lighting systems and other security measures to prevent crime.

The projects will boost community safety in public places – including shopping and entertainment precincts, parks and gardens – by increasing visibility and helping to reduce opportunistic crime.

The grants form part of the Labor Government’s $19.4 million investment in community crime prevention.

The Government is working with communities across Victoria to address the root causes of crime and increase public safety by funding local projects to tackle graffiti, build safer public spaces, and support disadvantaged or high-risk communities.

The landmark Community Safety Statement sets out a plan to keep communities safe by funding thousands of additional frontline police, new technology and capabilities, as well as Youth Crime Prevention grants to reduce harm in our communities.

The full list of PSIF projects is available at www.crimeprevention.vic.gov.au