Member for Morwell, Russell Northe wishes to advise that applications are now open for grants through the Victorian Government’s Building Safer Communities Program.
There are three categories of grants available which cover a wide range of sectors and projects, with each focused on delivering grassroots and community focused projects to prevent crime.
“First, the Creating Safer Places category offers grants of $25,000 to $300,000 for councils to fund urban design projects that apply an inclusive environmental design approach to deter crime, increase safety and activate public places”, Mr Northe commenced.
“Second, the Crime Prevention Innovation Fund awards grants of $25,000 to $300,000 for councils and not-for-profit organisations to deliver and evaluate innovative community safety and crime prevention initiatives. This can include projects that engage diverse communities or specific groups, or which establish or strengthen partnerships across community, business, sport and other sectors to address causes of crime”, Mr Northe said.
“Third, the Empowering Communities program will also support community-designed and delivered projects that take an evidence-informed, innovative approach to address issues impacting on crime and perceptions of safety in specific communities. Under this stream, identified communities will be provided with the opportunity to express interest and develop proposals for tailored crime prevention projects and initiatives.” Mr Northe concluded.
Applications for the Creating Safer Places and Crime Prevention Innovation Fund grants close at 4pm on 15 March 2021.
For more information about the grants visit: https://www.crimeprevention.vic.gov.au/buildingsafercommunities