Grant applications now open for Safer Communities Fund programme

Are there any local areas that could use some extra lighting or maybe a CCTV camera?

Grant applications for round two of the Safer Communities Fund programme have opened.

The federal Safer Communities Fund provides grants of up to $1 million for security infrastructure initiatives that address crime and anti-social behaviour, help reduce the fear of crime, increase feelings of safety, and contribute to the safety of communities that may be at risk of racial and/or religious intolerance.

Local councils and community organisations are invited to apply through this open competitive round for funding for security enhancement projects, such as CCTV, bollards and lighting.

Mr Hartsuyker said investment in security infrastructure at local crime hotspots would reduce fear of crime and contribute to greater community safety and resilience across Cowper.

“Here in Cowper, we have already seen the benefits through Safer Communities Round 1 funding,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“Kempsey Shire Council received $300,000 in Round 1 to expand their CCTV network and combat anti-social behaviour in Kempsey, Crescent Head and South West Rocks, and this has really helped to tackle crime locally.”

“I encourage potential applicants to contact my office to discuss their projects’ eligibility, and to receive all submission details.”

Minister Keenan said local Members play a key role in working with their community to boost community safety and identifying where there is a need for increased security infrastructure.

“We will continue to put funds towards projects that make our streets, communities, and our nation safer,” Mr Keenan said.

Further information on the Safer Communities Fund is available on the Australian Government’s Safer Communities Fund website  or by calling 13 28 46.

Applications close November 14, 2017.