Safer Communities Fund Round 6 open now

Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O’Brien is encouraging local organisations and councils to apply for a share of $30 million in funding for community safety initiatives.

Round Six of the Morrison Government’s Safer Communities Fund has two streams, with $20 million for early intervention projects and up to $10 million for security infrastructure.

The early intervention grant opportunity opens 28 May 2021 (closing 22 July 2021) and the security infrastructure grant opportunity opens on 15 June 2021 (closing 5 August 2021).

“Every person deserves to feel safe in their community, and this funding will help ensure people in Wide Bay can feel safe as they go about their daily lives, whether it’s through the use of CCTV cameras, lighting or other crime-prevention infrastructure,” Mr O’Brien said.

“The early intervention stream will provide support for at-risk or vulnerable young people, to help them build positive relationships and skills so they are less likely to become involved in crime.

“I would encourage all councils and community organisations in Wide Bay to consider infrastructure or community projects that can be supported through this funding, to help make our communities safer, happier places to live.”

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 following these initiatives,” Assistant Minister Wood said.

“The early intervention funding stream will help assist young people at high risk from engaging in criminal or anti-social behaviour build resilience, cultural connections and job readiness skills.

“The infrastructure funding will not only improve security and protect communities through projects such as CCTV, fencing and bollards, it will also keep local people employed, boosting local economies.”

The Safer Communities Fund is a long-standing program that has invested more than $215 million since 2016 and provided over 600 grants directly to communities across Australia, including $987,000  for 54 cameras throughout Cherbourg; $15,865 for security cameras at Vinnies in Gympie; and $396,698 for CCTV cameras in Murgon.

Grant opportunity guidelines for the early intervention and infrastructure funding streams will be available on the opening dates at www.business.gov.au. Guidelines will include information about how to apply, eligibility and assessment criteria.