Up to $10,000 is available from the Community Safety Fund (CSF) Grants to support local crime prevention solutions in Victoria.
Community Safety Fund (CSF) Grants
The Community Safety Fund (CSF) grants provide funding for community organisations and Victorian councils to support effective crime prevention initiatives within local communities.
A common assumption about crime prevention is that it is the responsibility of government alone. While the role of government is very important, research supports locally based approaches to crime prevention
The grants aim to encourage communities to design solutions to local crime and community safety issues.
The objectives of the Community Safety Fund grants are to:
- help prevent crime in communities
- assist people to feel safer and become more engaged in their communities
- increase knowledge in local communities about how to identify and best address local crime problems
- encourage the development of local partnerships to address local crime prevention issues
- promote widespread engagement in community crime prevention initiatives across Victoria.
The Community Safety Fund grants will provide funding of up to $10,000 for projects responding to a crime prevention issue within a local Victorian community.
Projects must be completed by 30 September 2017. Projects should have a clear start and end date and deliver crime prevention benefits, which last beyond the project time-frames.
The Community Safety Fund is available under two streams.
Stream 1 – Improving Safety and Security
This funding stream will support projects that deter offending related to community facilities and public spaces. Eligible projects include:
- security equipment and infrastructure such as locks, vandal proof security lighting, security screens, alarms (without video surveillance), fencing and gates
- activities engaging the community in small scale improvements and upgrades to public spaces such as streetscapes, parks and reserves to improve community use of these areas.
Quotes must be provided to support all security equipment funding requests.
Stream 2 – Targeted Crime Prevention Education and Awareness Initiatives
This funding stream will support education and awareness initiatives targeting the following crimes:
- Theft of and from motor vehicles
- Theft of personal property in public places
- Residential burglary
- Retail burglary
Applicants for this funding stream must co-operate with an external evaluator commissioned by the department. Applicants must also commit to collecting data throughout the project, including base-line information, to support project evaluation.
An organisation can apply for a grant, if it is one of the following:
- a not-for-profit organisation that is a legal entity (for example an incorporated association, incorporated cooperative or Indigenous corporation)
- a Victorian council.
Applications close 27 June 2018.