Safer Communities Fund

At a glance


The Safer Communities Fund will provide $40 million over 4 years from 2016-17 to 2019-20. Round one will deliver on election commitments made throughout the 2016 federal election campaign and provide grants for crime prevention and security infrastructure to boost efforts to address crime and anti-social behaviour.


Under round one of the Safer Communities Fund the Australian Government will provide grants to organisations identified in the 2016 election campaign to deliver safer communities by boosting their efforts to address crime and anti-social behaviour. Funding will be provided for crime prevention and security infrastructure initiatives such as fixed and mobile CCTV and lighting.

It will be a non-competitive round open to 71 identified applicants at Appendix B of the Safer Communities Fund - Delivery of the Government’s Election Commitments (Round 1) Program Guidelines. If you are not identified in the appendix then you cannot apply for this round of the program.

Further opportunities for funding will be delivered through open competitive funding arrangements commencing in the 2017-18 financial year.

We will publish further details about any future funding opportunities on when available.

Who can apply?

You are eligible to apply if your organisation is listed in Appendix B of the Program Guidelines.

You must also meet the following requirements:

  1. have an ABN
  2. be one of the following
    • an Australian Public Company
    • an incorporated entity
    • a local government entity
    • a state government entity
  3. have authority to make the installation at the nominated site.

If your organisation is listed at Appendix B and is an unincorporated entity or does not have an ABN you can either

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

What are the merit criteria?

Merit criterion 1 How will your project contribute to improved community safety?  (4 points)

  1. provide a project description including detail about the equipment being installed
  2. provide a statement as to how the project will meet the program objectives

Merit criterion 2 The value for money offered by your project (4 points)

  1. provide a budget for the project including equipment and installation costs
  2. provide a quote to show the costs of equipment and installation

Merit criterion 3 Your capacity, capability and resources to carry out the project (4 points)

  1. describe your plan for carrying out the project
  2. describe how the security equipment will be maintained
  3. if applicable, describe who will have access to the CCTV footage.

How do I apply?

To apply for a grant you need to complete the online application at the I’m ready to apply tab.

If you are unable to complete the online application form, call us on 13 28 46. We will provide you with an application form to fill out.

How will you assess my application?

Applications that meet the eligibility criteria will proceed to a merit assessment. AusIndustry will prepare a report that examines the claims you have made against the merit criteria. The Minister for Justice will make the final decision.

How will I know if I am successful?

If you are successful, you will receive a written offer. If you are unsuccessful, we will notify you in writing and give you an opportunity to discuss the outcome with us.

How will we pay you?

We will not exceed the maximum grant amount under any circumstances. If you incur extra eligible expenditure, you must meet it yourself.

For grants up to $50,000, we will make a single payment within 30 days of sending you the approval letter.

For grants over $50,000, we make an initial payment on execution of the grant agreement covering up to 6 months of eligible expenditure. We will make subsequent payments progressively based on your progress reports and your eligible expenditure. We will set aside 10 per cent of the total grant funding for the final payment. We will pay this when you submit a satisfactory final report. We may need to adjust your progress payments to ensure that a minimum 10 per cent of grant funding is retained for final payment.

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