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Community Safety Fund (CSF) Grants


This program seeks to support effective crime prevention initiatives within local communities. It aims to encourage communities to design solutions to local crime and community safety issues.

The objectives of the program are to:
- Help prevent crime in communities.
- Assist people to feel safer in their communities.
- Increase knowledge in local communities about how to identify and best address local crime problems.
- Encourage the development of local partnerships to address local crime prevention issues.
- Promote widespread engagement in community crime prevention initiatives across Victoria.

There are two funding streams available:
- Improving safety and security
- Targeted crime prevention education and awareness initiatives

Grants of up to $10,000 are available.

Who Can Apply?

Eligible applicants include:
- Not-for-profit organisations that is a legal entity (for example an incorporated association, incorporated cooperative or Indigenous corporation).
- Victorian councils.

The following organisation types are ineligible to apply for a grant but may be engaged as partners in any project:
- State or Federal government departments and agencies, including Victoria Police
- Registered schools, preschools, TAFE institutes and universities
- For-profit businesses
- Unincorporated organisations

Eligible Activities

Eligible projects include:
1. Stream 1
- Support projects that deter offending related to community facilities and public spaces:
a) Security equipment and infrastructure such as locks, vandal proof security lighting, security screens, alarms (without video surveillance), fencing and gates.
b) Small-scale, physical improvements and upgrades to public spaces such as streetscapes, parks and reserves. This may include the purchase of lighting, street furniture or other equipment to improve community perceptions of safety and use of these areas.

2. Stream 2
- Support education and awareness initiatives targeting the following crimes:
a) Theft of and from motor vehicles
b) Theft of personal property in public places
c) Residential burglary
d) Retail burglary

Eligible projects must:
- Be completed by 27 September 2019.
- Have a clear start and end date and deliver crime prevention benefits, which last beyond the project time-frames.

Main Assessment Criteria

The main assessment criteria include:
- Need for the project, supported by local information.
- A clear explanation for the proposed activities (what the project involves and will deliver).
- Clear reasons for why the proposed activities have been chosen to address the identified crime issue.
- Clear crime prevention benefits, which last beyond the project time-frames.
- A way of reviewing the project to show whether or not it is successful.
- A planned approach showing that all activities can be realistically completed by 27 September 2019.
- Value for money.
- Consultation and engagement with people/groups with an interest in what the project will achieve.
- Ability of the organisation, or confirmed partners, to deliver the project (targeted Crime Prevention education and awareness initiatives only).

Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete information of the assessment criteria.


The following are ineligible for funding:
- Projects focused on road, water, fire, workplace or child safety (for example, fencing for a child care centre).
- CCTV and small security camera projects (including alarm systems that include video surveillance).
- Security infrastructure for registered schools, preschools, TAFE institutes and Universities.
- Panic alarms.
- Security equipment and infrastructure items unsupported by a quote.
- Activities that are the primary focus or responsibility of other government programs.
- Activities with a primary focus on graffiti prevention or removal.
- Reimbursement of costs for projects that have already started.
- Building structures (including sheds).
- Security equipment for buildings under construction or part of a larger building project or redevelopment.
- Education and awareness activities not targeting the nominated crime types.

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Status Opening
Opening Date 26 Aug 2018
Closing Information
This program is available annually. The next funding round is expected to open on 26 August 2019.

Funding Type Grant
Max.Funding $10,000
Co-contribution Yes
Competitive Yes
Eligible Activities
CommunityServices : Other
Other : Safety
Gender Any
Age Any
Who Can Apply?
Eligible Organisation Type(s)
Difficulty Rating
Tier State
Department of Justice and Regulation
Program Administrator
Community Crime Prevention Unit (CCPU)
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