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NSW Community Safety Fund


This program aims to provide funding for community safety initiatives which will reduce crime and stamp out anti-social behavior.

Grants of up to $250,000 are available for initiatives with a crime prevention focus including those that:
- Address local crime hot spots.
- Address anti-social behaviour in communities.
- Promote safe and inclusive use of public space.
- Promote collaborative approaches to community safety and crime reduction, prevention and detection initiatives.

Organisations are limited to one application per organisation, however this may incorporate single or multiple projects and/or sites.

A total funding pool of $10 million is available over the next four years, starting 2015-16.

Who Can Apply?

Eligible applicants include:
- Community groups
- Non-government organisations
- Not-for-profit organisations
- Chambers of commerce
- NSW councils
- Businesses seeking funding for projects that demonstrate community benefit

Community groups are encouraged to partner with local councils for proposals involving community owned facilities or public land.

Please refer to the Guidelines for complete information on eligibility requirements.

Eligible Activities

Eligible activities include infrastructure and service delivery projects which address anti-social behaviour in communities through collaborative approaches to community safety and crime reduction, prevention and detection initiatives. Examples of projects are:
1. Infrastructure
- Improvements to community facilities/centres by implementing developmental crime prevention services and activities.
- Improvements to pedestrian routes, signage and lighting to improve access and sightlines.
- Activating public spaces, such as sports fields, parks, cultural venues, and recreation and community facilities through installation of new infrastructure to promote safe and inclusive use of public space.
- CCTV projects.

2. Service delivery
- Community development and social cohesion programs.
- Diversion programs for youth at risk of coming into contact with the criminal justice system (e.g. referral or identification of young people exhibiting risk factors to a related service or mentoring program).
- Treatment and counselling services with a crime prevention focus, such as drug and alcohol treatment and counselling.
- Treatment programs for youth and adult offenders.
- Diversionary programs for offenders at risk of recidivism.

Please refer to the Guidelines for complete information on eligible projects.

Main Assessment Criteria

The main assessment criteria include:
- Demonstrated crime or community safety issue.
- Relevance and effectiveness of application in addressing identified crime and safety issue.
- Value for money and extent of public benefit derived from proposal.
- Project management methodology, capacity to deliver and likelihood of success.
- Performance monitoring of program.
- Compliance with the Guidelines and Grant Application Checklist documents.

Consideration will also be given to ensure funding is allocated with the appropriate mix of:
- Infrastructure and service delivery projects.
- Geographic spread of projects to avoid over-servicing particular areas.
- Areas with a high rate of crime or high volume of crime.

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Application Checklist 2018-01-28 Download
Media Release 2018-01-28 Download
Guidelines 2018-07-13 Download
Application Checklist 2018-07-13 Download
Media Release 2018-07-13 Download

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Status Open
Opening Date 2018-07-09
Closing Date 2018-08-10
Closing Information
This program is available annually. Applications must be submitted by 5pm on 10 August 2018.

Funding Type Grant
Max.Funding $250,000
Total Funding Pool $10M
Co-contribution Yes
Competitive Yes
Eligible Activities
Infrastructure / Equipment
CommunityServices : Drugs or Alcohol
Infrastructure : Facilities
Other : Safety
Gender Any
Age Any
Who Can Apply?
New South Wales
Building, Construction and Engineering
General - Non-Industry Specific
Applicable to Churches Yes
Eligible Organisation Type(s)
Difficulty Rating
Tier State
NSW Department of Justice
Program Administrator
NSW Department of Justice
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