Safer Communities Fund

At a glance

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Provides local councils and community organisations grants of up to $1 million to boost efforts to address crime and anti-social behaviour and protect organisations that may be facing security risks associated with racial or religious intolerance.

Who can apply:

At a minimum, you must have an ABN and be:

  • an entity incorporated in Australia
  • an incorporated not for profit organisation
  • a local government agency or body
  • an Australian state or territory government entity.

Other eligibility criteria may apply.

Deadline to apply:

Contact information:

13 28 46

business.gov.au/contact

Overview

The Safer Communities Fund provides grants of up to $1 million 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. Project activities can include:

  • 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.

Grants of up to $1 million will be available to fund up to 100 per cent of eligible project costs.

Projects must be completed by 30 June 2020.

Eligibility criteria

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, (see part 8.2 - Joint Applications in the Programme Guidelines)

You are not eligible to apply if you are:

  • a government or non-government school or preschool that is registered as an educational establishment with a state or territory registration authority.

Merit criteria

To be competitive you must score at least 50% against each merit criterion

  • The extent that your project will contribute to improved community safety (50 points)
  • The impact of grant funding on your project (20 points)
  • Your capacity, capability and resources to deliver the project (30 points)

How to apply

To apply for a grant you need to complete the online application form.

For assistance with the application form contact us.

How we assess applications

Applications that meet eligibility 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 taking into account the merit assessment and the availability of grant funds.

If your application is successful

If your application is successful, you will receive a written offer. This offer does not mean you should start your project. Following receipt of a written offer, you must then enter into a grant agreement with the Commonwealth. You must not commence any work on your project before a grant agreement is executed. If you are unsuccessful, we will notify you in writing and give you the chance to discuss the outcome with us.

If your application is successful, you will enter into a grant agreement with the Commonwealth. The grant agreement will contain the schedule for payments.

For projects up to six months long with a grant of up to $50,000 we will pay the entire grant on execution of the grant agreement.

For projects longer than six months or with a grant of more than $50,000 we will make an initial payment on execution of the grant agreement. We will make subsequent payments based on your forecast expenditure.

Payments will be made by direct credit into a nominated bank account.

Key documents

  • Programme Guidelines
  • Factsheet
  • Sample application form
  • Sample Grant Agreement - approval letter (for grants up to $50,000)
  • Sample Grant Agreement - low risk (for grants over $50,000)

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