Youth Crime Prevention Grants

Up to $200,000 is available under the Youth Crime Prevention Grants to help Young Victorians  who have come in contact with, or are at risk of involvement with, the justice system.

Youth Crime Prevention Grants

Youth Crime Prevention Grants

The Youth Crime Prevention Grants program is aimed at addressing offending behaviour and recidivism by young people aged between 10-24 years who have had contact with, or have a demonstrated risk of being involved with, the criminal justice system.

Overall, the number of young people committing crimes has been decreasing in Victoria over the last five years; however a small number of young offenders are responsible for an increasingly high number of recorded offences.



The Youth Crime Prevention Grants program is part of the Victorian Government’s response to youth offending, particularly recidivist offending, tackling the issue through the proven strategy of strengthening the ability of communities to intervene early and divert young people from criminal behaviour.

The Victorian Government is investing $10 million over two years to help local communities tackle youth crime through three streams of funding to support appropriately tailored community-led interventions to address youth offending:

  • A direct investment of $6.5 million across eight priority communities which have higher crime rates and higher proportions of recidivist youth offenders.  These communities are the municipalities of Ballarat, Casey, Frankston, Geelong, Greater Dandenong, Hume, Latrobe and Wyndham.
  • Funding of $2 million for a competitive Youth Crime Prevention Grants stream. This will be open to applications from all Victorian communities other than those eight municipalities receiving direct investment.  The following communities have been identified as experiencing significant socio-economic disadvantage and higher levels of crime: Bendigo, Brimbank, Cardinia, Darebin, East Gippsland, Horsham, Melton, Mildura, Shepparton and Wodonga. These communities will be given priority consideration, however applications from other communities that can demonstrate a clear need will also be considered.
  • Dedicated funding of $1.5 million for Koori Youth Crime Prevention Grants. This funding acknowledges that Koori young people have disproportionately high rates of disadvantage and are significantly over-represented in the criminal justice system.



Projects funded through the Youth Crime Prevention Grants are expected to achieve a reduction in offending behaviour and recidivism among project participants by:

  • decreasing known crime related risk factors and increasing protective factors
  • achieving sustained improvement in engagement in school, training and/or employment
  • increasing connectedness with the community

The projects are also expected to develop or consolidate strong, effective partnerships among community organisations and government agencies involved in the initiatives.



One-off grants of up to $200,000 to community partnerships to develop and implement evidenced-based youth crime prevention strategies in areas of high crime and disadvantage.


Eligible Projects

The program will provide one-off funding for the development and implementation of crime prevention partnership projects in areas with evidence of high rates of crime and disadvantage. To enhance the sustainability of projects over the funding period, grants are generally expected to have a minimum value of $100,000 to a maximum of $200,000.  While a mandatory minimum co-contribution is not set for the program, proposals are expected to include other financial and in-kind support. This reflects the program’s emphasis on partnership approaches.

Projects must be completed within two years of funding and be able to deliver crime prevention benefits which last beyond the life of the project. Funded projects may include, but are not limited to:

  • new initiatives that can clearly demonstrate effective crime prevention outcomes with the targeted participant group.
  • outreach services that work with young people who have had contact with, or are at clear risk of involvement with, the criminal justice system.
  • projects that increase the levels of engagement of young people in education, training or employment.
  • initiatives that increase the levels of engagement young people have with their local community, by building resilience, cultural connections and skills.
  • strategies that build individual, family and community resilience to reduce risk and increase the protective factors that can influence the potential of offending.
  • projects that leverage existing investment by complementing other government funded services or projects in the local area.


Eligible Applicants

Applications that demonstrate a strong multi-agency approach will be prioritised for funding. One consortia partner will however be required to submit the application and act as the ‘lead agency’, with this partner administering the project funding agreement. The following organisations are eligible to act as lead agency:

  • Not-for-profit organisations (including community service organisations and community groups) that are a legal entity (for example an incorporated association, company limited by guarantee or Indigenous corporation)
  • Victorian councils, in partnership with at least two community organisations.

Non-compliance with previous department or other Victorian Government funding agreements may affect an applicant’s ability to access funding through this grants program.  This may include organisations with outstanding financial reports for previously funded grants, or who have had previous issues managing projects within agreed timeframes.



Applications close 3 March 2017.


More Information

  • Source
  • Grants Guidelines
  • Grants FAQs


Media Release

The Andrews Labor Government has announced $7.6 million in grants to help local communities tackle youth crime and repeat offending by intervening early and diverting young people from crime.

As a part of the Government’s record investment, the Youth Crime Prevention Grants help local communities tackle the underlying causes of youth crime and repeat offending for young people aged between 10 and 24.

A total of $5.6 million has been provided to eight priority communities with higher crime rates and higher proportions of recidivist young offenders, including Ballarat, Casey, Frankston, Geelong, Greater Dandenong, Hume, Latrobe and Wyndham.

These community-led projects include coaching and mentoring, employment and education opportunities for young people, and are run in partnership with councils, service providers, not-for-profit groups and police.

A further $2 million in grants has been awarded to 10 projects in other communities following a competitive application process run earlier this year.

The Labor Government has also funded 42 additional police Youth Resource Officers to work in local communities and divert young people from a life of crime.

The additional staff are part of the Government’s record $2 billion Community Safety Statement, which includes thousands more police, new powers, equipment and additional measures to hold young offenders to account.

An additional $1.5 million has also been provided to projects that empower and re-engage Koori young people through a range of early intervention, prevention and diversion programs, including camps, sporting activities, workshops and education.

A full list of the youth crime prevention projects can be found at

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