What is the Safer Communities Fund Infrastructure Grants?
The Safer Communities Fund – Round 5 – Infrastructure Grants provides schools and pre-schools, places of religious worship, community organisations and local councils with grants for crime prevention initiatives aimed at reducing crime, violence, anti-social behaviour and/or other security risks driven by racial and/or religious intolerance.
The Safer Communities Fund will run over six years from 2017-18 to 2022-23.
The broader aim of the Safer Communities Fund is to support the Australian Government’s commitment to deliver safer communities by:
- boosting the efforts of schools and pre-schools, community organisations and local councils to address crime and anti-social behaviour by funding crime prevention initiatives that benefit the wider community or community organisations (such as fixed and mobile CCTV and lighting, as well as early intervention services)
- protecting schools, and pre-schools, places of religious worship, community organisations and local councils that may be facing security risks associated with racial and/or religious intolerance
- protecting children who are at risk of attack, harassment or violence stemming from racial or religious intolerance.
The objective of the Safer Communities Fund Infrastructure Grants is to reduce crime, violence, anti-social behaviour and/or other security risks driven by racial and/or religious intolerance by funding crime prevention initiatives.
The Australian Government has announced a total of $180.1 million over six years for the program. For the Safer Communities Fund Infrastructure Grants, approximately $31 million is available over four years from 2019-20 to 2022-23.
The grant amount will be up to 100 per cent of eligible project costs (grant percentage).
- The minimum grant amount is $10,000.
- The maximum grant amount per location or school campus is $500,000.
- The maximum grant amount per organisation is $1,000,000.
The maximum project period is 36 months. You must complete your project by 30 June 2023.
To be eligible your project must:
- be aimed at protecting schools and pre-schools, places of religious worship, community organisations and local councils that may be facing security risks associated with racial and/or religious intolerance.
- have at least $10,000 in eligible expenditure.
Eligible activities can include the following activities:
- Infrastructure activities, such as installing:
- fixed or mobile CCTV cameras
- security lighting
- fencing and gates
- external blast walls and windows
- security and alarm systems
- public address systems
- intercoms and swipe access.
- Employing or hiring security guards, licensed by the relevant state or territory agency, for schools or preschools.
To be eligible you must have an Australian business number (ABN) and be one of the following entities:
- an incorporated not for profit organisation
- an Australian local government agency or body as defined in appendix A of the grant opportunity guidelines
- an Australian State/Territory Government education agency or body
- a registered school or pre-school that is a legal entity (with its own unique ABN) and that can enter into a grant agreement in its own right
- a legal entity applying on behalf of a registered school or pre-school.
Applications close 10 December 2019.