What is the Community and Small Business CCTV Fund?
The Community and Small Business CCTV Fund is a grant opportunity to help small businesses in eligible local government areas with the installation of CCTV systems at their premises.
The NSW government has announced a $5 million CCTV Fund available to eligible small business and community organisations. The fund is supporting purchase and installation of CCTV across ten Local Government Areas in Western and South Western Sydney.
The NSW Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) in partnership with the NSW Police Force (NSWPF) deliver this program. CCTV systems installed under the Fund are required to be registered with the NSWPF. When a crime occurs, this register allows the Police to access relevant data to support identification of offenders and their subsequent prosecution.
Administered by the NSW Department of Communities and Justice (the Department), the Fund will provide funding for CCTV systems, including those that aim to:
- Support community organisations and small businesses implement CCTV security measures at their premises
- Provide a deterrent for potential offenders
- Provide the NSW Police Force with access to CCTV data to support community safety
The Fund will provide $5,000,000 over the duration of the program, providing up to 1,000 eligible organisations with up to $5,000 for the purchase and installation of CCTV systems at their premises. Organisations are limited to one application per suburb within the eligible region detailed below.
Following the approval of an application the Fund will arrange the provision and installation of CCTV systems up to a value of $5,000. Payments are made by the Department directly to qualified installers, after an approved installation.
The Fund does NOT provide rebates, cheques or other reimbursements to applicants.
Small businesses and community organisations that meet the eligibility criteria can apply for the CCTV Fund.
To be eligible, the applicant must be:
- A small business with turnover of less than $2 million or less than 20 employees, or an incorporated not-for-profit community organisation; AND
- Operating from premises within one of the Local Government Areas (LGAs) listed below.
If your small business and community organisation falls outside these LGAs, you are ineligible. Expansion into other LGAs will occur following a program review.
The following are eligible activities under the Fund:
- Installation of new CCTV systems to premises at either small business or community organisation premises.
- Upgrades or replacement of existing CCTV systems that currently do not comply with the Fund technical requirements set out in item 7 below.
The technical requirements cover considerations such as:
- camera locations and lighting (cameras should be located with a view that is not affected by bright lights or physical obstructions, and there should be at least one eye level height camera to increase the chances of identifying offenders);
- preference for installation of digital CCTV systems
- display resolution of captured footage (minimum 800 x 600 pixels, 1024 x 768 pixels recommended);
- frame rate (at least 25 frames per second);
- compression quality (MPEG-4 H264 encoded CCTV system with a minimum of 52 kilobits per second (Kbps) bandwidth transmission);
- data storage (recordings to be stored for at least 31 days); and
- on-going system maintenance.
Applications close 30 June 2022.