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Safer Communities Fund

Overview

This program aims to reduce crime, violence, anti-social behaviour and/or other security risks driven by racial and/or religious intolerance by funding crime prevention initiatives.

The broader aim of the Fund is to support the Australian Government’s commitment to deliver safer communities by:
- Boosting the efforts of schools and pre-schools, community organisations and local councils to address crime and anti-social behaviour by funding crime prevention initiatives that benefit the wider community or community organisations (such as fixed and mobile CCTV and lighting, as well as early intervention services).
- Protecting schools, and pre-schools, places of religious worship, community organisations and local councils that may be facing security risks associated with racial and/or religious intolerance.
- Protecting children who are at risk of attack, harassment or violence stemming from racial or religious intolerance.

There are three streams of funding available for Round 5:
- Infrastructure grants
- Northern Territory Infrastructure grants
- Early intervention grants (will be available by early 2020)

Grants of between $10,000 and $1 million are available. The maximum grant amount per organisation is $1 million. The grant will be up to 100% of eligible project costs.

The maximum grant period is 36 months. Projects must be completed by 30 June 2023.

A total funding pool of $180.1 million is available over six years from 2017-18 to 2022-23. For Round 5, approximately $50 million is available over four years from 2019-20 to 2022-23, allocated as follows:
- $31 million is available for Infrastructure Grants.
- $4 million to implement a 2019 election commitment in relation to infrastructure funding in the Northern Territory.
- $15 million is available for Early Intervention Grants.

Who Can Apply?

Eligible applicants must:
- Have an Australian Business Number (ABN).
- Be one of the following entities:
a) An incorporated not for profit organisation.
b) An Australian local government agency or body as defined in appendix A of the Guidelines.
c) An Australian State/Territory Government education agency or body.
d) A registered school or pre-school that is a legal entity (with its own unique ABN) and that can enter into a grant agreement in its own right.
c) A legal entity applying on behalf of a registered school or pre-school.
- For NT Infrastructure Grants stream:
a) Be located in the Northern Territory.
b) Be one of the following entities: An incorporated not for profit organisation or an Australian local government agency or body as defined in appendix A of the Guidelines.

Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete eligibility requirements.

Eligible Activities

Eligible activities include:
- Infrastructure activities, such as installing:
a) Fixed or mobile CCTV cameras
b) Security lighting
c) Fencing and gates
d) Bollards
e) External blast walls and windows
f) Security and alarm systems
g) Public address systems
h ) Intercoms and swipe access
- Employing or hiring security guards, licensed by the relevant state or territory agency, for schools or preschools (for Infrastructure Grants stream only).
- Crime prevention through environmental design (for NT stream only).

To be eligible projects must have at least $10,000 in eligible expenditure.

Please refer to the Guidelines for the list of eligible expenditure.

Main Assessment Criteria

The main assessment criteria include:
1. Infrastructure grants stream
- The extent that the project will protect schools and pre-schools, places of religious worship, community organisations and local councils that may be facing security risks associated with racial and/or religious intolerance. (50 points)
- The impact of grant funding on the project. (30 points)
- The applicant's capacity, capability and resources to deliver the project. (20 points)

2. Northern Territory Infrastructure Grants stream
- The extent that the project will contribute to improved community safety. (50 points)
- The impact of grant funding on the project. (30 points)
- The applicant's capacity, capability and resources to deliver the project. (20 points)

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

Restrictions

The following are ineligible for funding:
- An individual.
- A partnership.
- An unincorporated association.
- Any organisation not included in section 4.1 of the grant opportunity guidelines.
- A trust (however, an incorporated trustee may apply on behalf of a trust provided it meets the eligibility criteria in section 4.1 of the grant opportunity guidelines).

Additional ineligible applicants for Infrastructure Grants stream:
- An organisation such as a school or religious organisation that is not a legal entity and unable to enter into a funding agreement with the Commonwealth
-A school, preschool, community organisation or religious organisation previously defunded by State or Territory or Australian Government agencies for performance and/or integrity reasons
- A school or preschool that has gone into administration or receivership.

Documentation Uploaded
Fact Sheet - How to Apply 2019-10-30 Download
Sample Grant Agreement Form 2019-10-30 Download
Guidelines - Northern Territory Stream 2019-10-30 Download
Fact Sheet - Legal Entities 2019-10-30 Download
Exchange of Letters Grant Agreement 2019-10-30 Download
Guidelines 2019-10-30 Download
Letter Template - Authority to Undertake the Project at the Nominated Site 2019-10-30 Download

Use these documents as a guide only - always get the latest direct from the Administrator

Category
Community
Dates
Status Open
Opening Date 29 Oct 2019
Closing Date 10 Dec 2019
Closing Information
This program is available biannually. Applications for Round 5 must be submitted by 5pm on 10 December 2019.

Value
Funding Type Grant
Min.Funding $10,000
Max.Funding $1M
Total Funding Pool $180.1M
Co-contribution No
Competitive Yes
Eligible Activities
Activities
Training / Employment
Infrastructure / Equipment
Environment and Sustainability
Sector/SubSector
CommunityServices : Other
Infrastructure : General
Gender Any
Age Any
Who Can Apply?
Location
National
Northern Territory
Region
Any