Safer Communities Fund

Up to $1M is available from Safer Communities Fund to protect organisations that may be facing security risks associated with racial or religious intolerance.

Safer Communities Fund

Safer Communities Fund

The Safer Communities Fund provides grants to community organisations and local governments for local crime prevention and security infrastructure activities and to protect community organisations that may be facing security risks associated with racial and /or reglious intolerance.



The Safer Communities Fund’s intended outcomes are to:

  • contribute to the enhancement of community safety, improve security and reduce street crime and violence through local security infrastructure
  • contribute to greater community resilience and wellbeing by addressing crime, anti-social behaviour and other security risks
  • help to reduce fear of crime and increase feelings of safety in the Australian community and contribute to greater community resilience
  • contribute to the safety of communities that may be at risk of racial and/or religious intolerance.



Up to $30 million is available for Safer Communities Fund Round 3 which is split across two types of grant opportunities:

  • approximately $18 million is available for Infrastructure Grants
  • approximately $12 million is available for Early Intervention Grants.

The grant amount will be up to 100 per cent of eligible project costs.

  • There is no minimum grant amount.
  • The maximum grant amount is $1,000,000.


Eligible Projects

To be eligible for the Safer Communities Fund, your project must:

  • address crime and anti-social behaviour in public or community spaces for the benefit of the wider community or community organisations
  • include eligible activities and eligible expenditure
  • have at least $1,000 in eligible expenditure.

Eligible activities must directly relate to the project and can comprise the following local crime prevention and security infrastructure activities:

  • installation of fixed or mobile CCTV cameras
  • installation of security lighting
  • installation of bollards
  • crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) including the removal of environmental characteristics, such as a lack of lighting or poor natural surveillance, that can facilitate street crime and violence.

CPTED seeks to reduce the opportunities for crime through the design and management of the built and landscaped environment. Strategies include modifying the built environment to create safer places that are less crime-prone or can make people feel safer. For example, incorporating design features in public spaces that encourage large numbers of users and provide greater natural surveillance, or incorporating additional lighting in public spaces so that they do not create places for potential offenders to hide.

You can only spend grant funds on eligible expenditure you have incurred on an agreed project as defined in your grant agreement.

Eligible expenditure items can include:

  • the cost of purchase and installation of:
    • fixed or mobile CCTV cameras
    • security lighting
    • bollards
  • costs associated with crime prevention through environmental design
  • the cost of an independent audit of project expenditure (where we request one) up to a maximum of 1 per cent of total eligible project expenditure.

The Programme Delegate makes the final decision on what is eligible expenditure and may give additional guidance on eligible expenditure if required.

To be eligible, expenditure must:

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

You must not start your project until your grant agreement is executed.

You must incur the project expenditure between the project start and end date as specified in your grant agreement 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 entity incorporated in Australia
  • an incorporated not for profit organisation
  • a local government agency or body
  • an Australian state or territory government entity

If your organisation is an unincorporated entity or does not have an ABN you can either:

  • become an incorporated entity and obtain an ABN; or
  • partner with an entity that is eligible as outlined above, to undertake the project,

In order to be eligible you must provide:

  • evidence that you have authority to undertake the project at the nominated site. You must provide this evidence in the application form or prior to entering into a grant agreement.
  • a detailed project budget and evidence to support the project costs in the application form. You must attach a minimum of one current quote for individual items up to $50,000 and a minimum of two quotes for items exceeding $50,000 showing equipment and installation costs. Quotes must be obtained and dated within 2 months of application lodgement. Alternatively, you must attach a justification of costs as outlined in your tender documentation.



Applications close 25 September 2018.


More Information

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