Up to $1M is available from SCF Infrastructure Grants to reduce crime, violence, anti-social behaviour and/or other security risks driven by racial and/or religious intolerance by funding crime prevention initiatives.

 

Background

The Safer Communities Fund Round 5 Infrastructure Grants provide 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 Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (the department/we) is responsible for administering this grant opportunity on behalf of the Department of Home Affairs.

 

Objectives

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.

 

Funding

The Australian Government has announced a total of $180.1 million over six years for the program. For this grant opportunity, 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.

 

Eligible Projects

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 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.

 

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 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.

 

Timing

Applications close 10 December 2019.

 

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