SECURING FAITH BASED PLACES GRANT PROGRAM
Australia is a diverse country that welcomes people of all faiths, and Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien is encouraging local groups to apply for funding to ensure people can practise their beliefs free from violence and discrimination.
The Securing Faith-Based Places grants program provides $40 million over 4 years to improve security at religious schools and pre-schools, places of worship, and faith-based community centres.
Eligible organisations can apply for grants between $25,000 and $500,000 for security infrastructure upgrades, including fencing, lighting, security cameras, traffic barriers, alarm systems, access controls, and engagement of security guards.
“This grant program supports eligible organisations to enhance security infrastructure and/or engage security guards to address the risk of crime and violence motivated by religious and racial intolerance,” Mr O’Brien said.
“The former Coalition Government provided more than $55 million in grant funding to boost security for faith based organisations after the appalling Christchurch Mosque attack.”
“Religious freedom starts with the right to meet and worship in safety, and this funding helps to protect places of worship and make them safer.”
“This program is funded under section 298 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, allowing the proceeds of crime to be reinvested into activities that enhance the safety of the Australian community,” Mr O’Brien said.
Applications for funding open 31 July 2023 and can be submitted until 5pm AEST on 11 September 2023.