Local councils and community organisations are invited to apply for grants from a pool of $35 million to improve safety at a localised level as round six of the Safer Communities Fund opens.

Senator for Victoria Sarah Henderson said applications for up to $20 million are now invited for early intervention projects until 22 July 2021 with a further $10 million pool available for security infrastructure applications between 15 June and 5 August 2021. The remaining $5 million is allocated to program costs.

“The Morrison Government’s Safer Communities Fund is a vital program which has invested more than $215 million since 2016 to local projects through 600 grants to improve safety across local communities,” Senator Henderson said.

“Early intervention funding aims to assist more young people at high risk from engaging in criminal or anti-social behaviour build resilience, cultural connections and job readiness skills.

“Safer infrastructure funding is targeted at overall security – protecting communities through projects such as CCTV, fencing and bollards.

“In addition to improving safety within the community and offering safer pathways, these local projects generate employment, boosting local economies.”

Assistant Minister for Customs, Community Safety and Multicultural Affairs, Jason Wood said this announcement is delivering on the Morrison Government’s commitment to deliver safer communities through crime prevention initiatives.

“Local communities can feel safer from violence, harassment and anti-social behaviour with these initiatives in place,” Assistant Minister Wood said.

“I’m pleased the early intervention funding stream will provide support for at risk young people to help them turn away from crime and build positive relationships and skills.”

Grant opportunity guidelines including information about how to apply, eligibility and assessment criteria are available at www.business.gov.au.