18 September 2018

Round three of the Safer Communities Fund applications closing soon

  • The program delivers on the Coalition’s ongoing commitment to keep Australians safe and secure
  • The Coalition Government has committed up to $30 million under round three of the program

Federal Member for Corangamite, Sarah Henderson, has called on local councils and community organisations to apply for a share of up to $1 million in funding through the Safer Communities Fund.

The Safer Communities Fund is an Australian Government commitment to keep Australians safe and secure by enhancing the efforts of local councils and community organisations to address crime and antisocial behaviour.

Due to the program’s success, the Morrison Government announced in May an additional $30 million in funding from assets confiscated by the Commonwealth as proceeds of crime.

Local councils and community organisations are invited to apply through the Safer Communities Fund third round of funding for security enhancement projects, including for initiatives such as CCTV, bollards, lighting and crime prevention through environmental design initiatives.

Ms Henderson said the two funding streams provide a robust example of the Government’s commitment to the safety and security of local communities.

“By empowering local organisations and councils to improve their security infrastructure, addressing crime and anti-social behaviour, the initiative increases perceptions of safety and cohesion, fostering viable and vibrant communities into the future,” Ms Henderson said.

“In the last round, funding of $120,000 was provided to the City of Greater Geelong to install CCTV camera networks in Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove, to keep the community safe from local crime and anti-social behaviour.”

Applications for the infrastructure stream close on 25 September 2018. Information on how to apply for funding is available on the Australian Government’s Safer Communities Fund – Infrastructure Stream website at business.gov.au/safer-communities-fund, or by calling 13 28 46.

Applications under the early intervention stream will close on 25 September 2018.  Information on how to apply for funding is available on the Australian Government’s Safer Communities Fund – Early Intervention Stream website at business.gov.au/safer-communities-fund-early-intervention or by calling 13 28 46.

18 September 2018