The Building Safer Communities Program was announced in November 2020. The program includes community forums, and grants to support innovative, evidence-based approaches to address crime and improve community safety.

Grants are offered through four streams which replace previous grants programs including the Public Safety Infrastructure Fund, Graffiti Prevention Grants and Community Safety Fund. 

For information about the new grants and how to apply, please see below.



Application dates

Creating Safer Places

Competitive grants of between $25,000 to $300,000 for councils to fund urban design and place activation initiatives to improve the safety and use of public places by a diverse range of community members.

Find out more about the Creating Safer Places grants

Applications for Round 2 of Creating Safer Places have now closed.





Crime Prevention Innovation Fund


Competitive grants of between $25,000 and $300,000 for councils, not for profit community organisations and other specialist organisations for partnership projects that deliver and evaluate innovative community safety and crime prevention initiatives.

Find out more about the Crime Prevention Innovation Fund grants


Applications for Round 2 of the Crime Prevention Innovation Fund have now closed.


Empowering Communities grants


The Empowering Communities approach includes targeted grants of up to $700,000 to priority communities to support the development of community-led crime prevention initiatives. Priority communities are identified based on an analysis of crime and social data to ensure investment is targeted to areas where it is needed most. These grants recognise that communities are well placed to deliver effective, innovative and sustainable crime prevention approaches when they have access to resources, expertise and practical tools, and are united by a common goal.

Find out more about the Empowering Communities grants.

Expressions of Interest for Round 1 and 2 have now closed.

Youth Engagement Grants


The Youth Engagement Grants are open to small multicultural and Aboriginal clubs and organisations to support young people make positive life choices and reach their potential. Up to $50,000 per project over two years can be funded.

Find out more about the Youth Engagement Grants.

Applications for the Youth Engagement Grants have now closed. Round 2 will open in late 2022 – specific dates will be confirmed closer to the time.

Funded projects

View projects funded under Creating Safer Places

View projects funded under Crime Prevention Innovation Fund

View projects funded under Empowering Communities


Building Safer Communities forums will be held in 11 communities across Victoria where there are opportunities to tackle social challenges and crime and improve community safety. 

The forums enable government and local agencies to hear directly from the community about the crime and safety issues that matter to them. Attendees include local councils, community organisations, community members, local police, youth services, schools and crime prevention experts. 

Four highly successful forums have already been held in Brimbank, Hume, Ballarat and Melton, and further forums will be delivered in 2022. 

Find out more about the Building Safer Communities forums.


For general enquiries about these grants, email (External link).