Safer Communities Fund Round 4

At a glance

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Provides schools and pre-schools, community organisations and local councils with grants of up to $1.5 million for security infrastructure and engagement activities to protect children in the community who are at risk of attack, harassment or violence stemming from racial or religious intolerance. Places of religious worship can apply if they meet the eligibility criteria, however all applicants must link their application to protecting children as one of the demographics being protected (even if adults are also part of the demographic).

Who can apply:

At a minimum, 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
  • an Australian State/Territory Government 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.

Other eligibility requirements apply.

Deadline to apply:

Funding is awarded to successful applicants in the order received until funding is exhausted. If funding is available at the conclusion of Opportunity 1, a further opportunity may open.

Estimated dates for Opportunity 2, if funds are available:

  • applications open: 5 June 2019 9:00 am AEST
  • applications close: 26 June 2019 5:00 pm AEST

Contact information:

13 28 46

business.gov.au/contact

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Overview

The Safer Communities Fund Round 4 provides schools and pre-schools, community organisations and local councils with grants of between $50,000 and $1.5 million for security infrastructure and engagement activities to protect children in the community who are at risk of attack, harassment or violence stemming from racial or religious intolerance.

Project activities can include:

  • 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 and preschools.
  • Engagement activities such as:
    • social cohesion projects that reduce the chance of children being attacked or harassed due to racial or religious intolerance
    • community and youth engagement forums targeted at people at risk of offending to reduce security risks stemming from racial or religious intolerance
    • training for staff at organisations who work with children with the aim of reducing racial or religious intolerance
    • other preventative activities that can demonstrate a reduction in the chance of children being attacked or harassed due to racial or religious intolerance.

Projects must be completed by 31 March 2021.

Eligibility criteria

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 grant opportunity guidelines
    • an Australian State/Territory Government 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.

If you are a school, you will need to determine your legal status before applying for a grant. Only schools who are legal entities can apply for a grant themselves. If your school is not a legal entity you will need to have your legal entity such as a state education department, catholic diocese or education authority, apply for a grant on your behalf.

If you are a public school, please check your legal status with your education authority.

Additional eligibility requirements may apply.

Merit criteria

If your application is eligible, we will then assess it against the merit criteria. Only eligible applications will proceed to the merit assessment stage. Applications that score at least 50% against each merit criterion will be recommended for funding.

Applications will be assessed and recommended in the order they are received, until funding is exhausted.

Merit criterion 1: The extent that your project will protect children who are at risk of attack, harassment or violence stemming from racial or religious intolerance (50 points)

Merit criterion 2: The impact of grant funding on your project (30 points)

Merit criterion 3: Your capacity, capability and resources to deliver the project (20 points)

How to apply

You should read the grant opportunity guidelines and sample grant agreement before you apply. Grant guidelines provide detailed information on the grant opportunity, including granting activity objectives; all eligibility and merit criteria; the assessment processes; reporting and acquittal requirements; and a description of review mechanisms.

Applications will be assessed and recommended in the order they are received until 4 April 2019, or until funding is exhausted.

To apply, you must submit your application through the online portal. You will need to set up an account when you first log into the portal. The portal allows you to apply for and manage a grant or service in a secure online environment.

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How we assess applications

We assess applications progressively in the order they are received until the available funding is exhausted.

We first review your application against the eligibility criteria. If eligible, we will then assess it against the merit criteria. Only eligible applications will proceed to the merit assessment stage. Applications that score at least 50% against each merit criterion will be recommended for funding.

We consider your application on its merits, based on:

  • how well it meets the merit criteria
  • whether it provides value with relevant money.

The amount of detail and supporting evidence you provide in your application should be relative to the project size, complexity and grant amount requested.

The Minister for Home Affairs 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.

If you are unsuccessful, we will notify you in writing and give you the chance to discuss the outcome with us.

Successful applicants must enter into a grant agreement with the Commonwealth. The grant agreement will specify the reporting requirements, payment schedule and milestones necessary to receive payments.

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

Key documents

  • Grant opportunity guidelines
  • Sample application form
  • Sample grant agreement - simple
  • Letter template - authority to undertake the project at the nominated site

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