Up to $1.5M is available from Safer Communities Fund to protect children in the community who are at risk of attack, harassment or violence stemming from racial or religious intolerance.

 

Safer Communities Fund

The Safer Communities Fund provides schools and pre-schools, community organisations and local councils with grants for security infrastructure and engagement activities to protect children in the community who are at risk of attack, harassment or violence stemming from racial or religious intolerance. Places of religious worship can apply if they meet the eligibility criteria, however all applicants must link their application to protecting children as one of the demographics being protected (even if adults are also part of the demographic).

 

Objectives

The Safer Communities Fund runs over four years from 2017-18 to 2020-21.

The broader Safer Communities Fund supports 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)
  • protecting schools and pre-schools, 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.

 

Funding

The Australian Government has announced a total of $101.2 million over four years for the program. For round 4, approximately $27 million is available over three years from 2018-19 to 2020-21.

The grant amount will be up to 100 per cent of eligible project costs (grant percentage)

  • The minimum grant amount is $50,000
  • The maximum grant amount per location or school campus is $500,000
  • The maximum grant amount per organisation is $1,500,000.

You can only submit one application for funding and if you wish to apply for funding at multiple locations/campuses, your single application must encompass the activities that will take place at each location/campus.

For schools and pre-schools only: If you are the legal entity applying on behalf of a school or preschool you can submit one application for each school or pre-school you are applying on behalf of. In this case, the maximum $1.5 million grant amount applies to the individual school or pre-school and not the legal entity who is making the application on their behalf.

 

Eligible Projects

To be eligible your project must:

  • protect children in your community who are at risk of attack, harassment or violence stemming from racial or religious intolerance
  • have at least $50,000 in eligible expenditure.

Eligible activities can include the following infrastructure and engagement activities:

  • Infrastructure activities, such as installing:
    • fixed or mobile CCTV cameras
    • security lighting
    • fencing
    • bollards
    • 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.
  • Engagement activities:
    • social cohesion projects that reduce the chance of children being attacked or harassed due to racial or religious intolerance
    • community and youth engagement forums targeted at people at risk of offending to reduce security risks stemming from racial or religious intolerance
    • training for staff at organisations who work with children with the aim of reducing racial or religious intolerance
    • other preventative activities that can demonstrate a reduction in the chance of children being attacked or harassed due to racial or religious intolerance.

If you are applying for funding at multiple locations/campuses, you should provide detail of the activities that will occur at each location in the application form.

To be eligible, expenditure must:

  • be a direct cost of the project
  • be incurred by you for required project audit activities.

You must incur the project expenditure between the project start and end date for it to be eligible unless stated otherwise.

 

Eligible Applicants

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 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.

If you are a school, you will need to determine your legal status before applying for a grant. Only schools who are legal entities can apply for a grant themselves. If your school is not a legal entity you will need to have your legal entity such as a state education department, catholic diocese or education authority, apply for a grant on your behalf.

If you are a public school, please check your legal status with your education authority.

Additional eligibility requirements may apply.

 

Timing

Applications close 4 April 2019.

 

Media Release

Australia’s religious schools and places of worship are being offered an extra $55 million in community grants to boost their security after the Christchurch mosque massacre.

Australia’s religious schools and places of worship are being offered an extra $55 million in community grants to boost their security after the Christchurch mosque massacre.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says religious freedom starts with the right to worship and meet in safety.

“This must be the first freedom we secure, to practice their faith in safety, other (freedoms) should follow,” Mr Morrison told Jewish leaders in Melbourne today.

“Religious freedom is not just an inalienable right as free citizens. It is important to the very cohesion of our society. It is for many Australians impossible to separate their faith from their culture.”

Religious groups will be offered grants worth between $50,000 and $1.5 million to spend on security measures such as CCTV cameras, lighting, fencing, bollards, alarms and loudspeaker systems.

The money will be made available through an “acceleration and extension” of a community fund that has provided $70 million to schools, preschools, community groups and local councils since 2016.

A schools security program has also provided about $6 million a year to schools at risk of attack, harassment or violence stemming from racial or religious intolerance.

Mr Morrison said faith-based organisations would be given priority access to the public funding.

“I so wish we didn’t need this on places of worship in Australia, whether they be at temples or schools or mosques or churches,” he said.

“It grieves me that this is necessary, but sadly it is.

“If further resources are required I promise you, I guarantee you, it will be delivered.”

Mr Morrison said while social media companies did cooperate with requests to shut the terror livestream down, they were unable to due to limitations.

“There needs to be the capability to shut these horrific things down,” he said.

He said solutions could not be rushed into and more than a knee-jerk reaction was needed to stop such repeat events.

Mr Morrison said it was not just social media that concerned it about the spread of hate — with online gaming also a concern.

“We cant ignore the possible impact of this also on how that can affect the twisted minds of those who engage in this sort of violence,” he said.

He said it was not an “accusation”, rather an “observation” that there were many things needed to help protect Australians.

 

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