Applications are now open for round five of the Safer Communities Fund, with communities across Australia set to share in up to $55.1 million in grants to improve public safety and security.
Assistant Minister for Customs, Community Safety and Multicultural Affairs, Jason Wood said this boost in funding for local councils and community organisations will help keep Australian’s safe.
“The Government has delivered on its promise of an extra $20 million to help meet current funding demands, and a further $4 million to address crime and anti-social behaviour hot spots in the Northern Territory,” Assistant Minister Wood said.
“This funding is in addition to the $41.9 million announced on 24 October 19 for 127 activities to protect children in the community facing risks associated with racial and religious intolerance under round four of the Safer Communities Fund.
“The Safer Communities Fund provides funding to community organisations, schools, pre-schools, and local councils to help implement and boost crime prevention and security initiatives such as CCTV and lighting. Grants of up to $1 million are available.
“The aim of the program is to increase feelings of safety in the Australian community and to reduce crime, violence and anti-social behaviour. We all have the right to feel safe.
“This fifth round brings the total funding allocated under the Safer Communities Fund to more than $180.1 million,” Assistant Minister Wood said.
Member for Mallee, Anne Webster said “I encourage communities across Mallee to look at their public safety needs and, where eligible, to apply.”
“It’s important that people within our communities feel safe in order to enjoy their communities to the fullest. This includes children around schools and members of the community as they practice their religion” Dr Webster said.
For further information about round five, including how to apply and eligibility criteria, visit www.business.gov.au.