Applications are now open for grants under the Building Safer Communities Program to support innovative approaches to address the causes of offending, crime and community safety.

Under the Building Safer Communities Program Victorian councils, not-for-profit organisations and other stakeholders will have the opportunity to apply for grant funding under two competitive grant streams:

  • Stream 1 - Creating Safer Places – competitive grants of between $25,000 and $300,000 for councils to undertake urban design projects that apply an inclusive environmental design approach to deter crime, increase safety and activate public places.
  • Stream 2 - 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.

Applicants should aim to use evidence, engage and consult with community members, and foster partnerships to develop proposals for effective initiatives.

The new grants are part of the Community Crime Prevention Program and replace the previous grants programs, which included the Public Safety Infrastructure Fund, Graffiti Prevention Grants and Community Safety Fund. 

Detailed information on the funding available and the eligibility criteria for both funding streams is outlined below.

Information session

An online information session to support the competitive streams of the Building Safer Communities Program was held on Tuesday 9 February 2021.

Topics covered at the session included:

  • overview of the Building Safer Communities grants
  • how to design an effective crime prevention project
  • how to write a quality application
  • urban design for crime prevention
  • question and answer session.

Find the presentation slides from the information session on our website.

 

 

Stream 1 – Creating Safer Places

Creating Safer Places supports urban design projects that apply an inclusive environmental design approach to deter crime, increase safety and activate public places. 

Funding available:

$25,000 to $300,000 per project over two years.

Who can apply?

Victorian councils.

What can be funded?

Applicants will be encouraged to incorporate a combination of the following elements in their project to reflect the needs of the community:

  • inclusive urban design principles to enhance the safety and amenity of public spaces for a diversity of community members, including graffiti prevention measures       
  • place-making initiatives that increase community ownership and use of a location             
  • consultation with a diverse range of community members in the design and implementation of the project, noting reasonable consultation costs can be covered by the grant 
  • education or awareness initiatives that address reasons for poor perceptions of safety in an area, such as graffiti.

In their applications, councils will be required to clearly identify the need for and benefit of the urban design initiative, using evidence such as community surveys and other relevant data.

Useful resources

A number of resources are available to assist with the development of the Building Safer Communities applications. Program resources can be found here. (External link)

 

Stream 2 – Crime Prevention Innovation Fund

Funding available

$25,000 to $300,000 per project over two years.

Who can apply

Victorian councils and not-for-profit organisations that are a legal entity are eligible to apply. Research bodies and commercial entities (such as consultancies, universities or social enterprises) can also apply but must partner with a council or community organisation on their application.

What can be funded?

Funding is available for a range of innovative projects that address the above objectives.

This includes but is not limited to:

  • demonstration projects to test and evaluate new approaches to preventing crime that consider how benefits may be sustained beyond the funding period
  • the development of practical tools and resources to improve the understanding and/or management of crime and community safety related issues
  • initiatives that work with and engage diverse communities or groups (such as cultural or religious groups, women, young people or members of the LGBTQI community) to identify, test and document practical strategies that build resilience and improve safety and perceptions of safety
  • initiatives that establish or strengthen partnerships across community, business, sport, government services and other sectors to address the causes of offending and crime and build community cohesion and safety.

Useful resources

A number of resources are available to assist with the development of the Building Safer Communities applications. Program resources can be found here (External link)

 

Stream 3 – Empowering Communities

Funding available

Up to $700,000 per project over two years.

What can be funded?

The stream has an emphasis on collaboration, partnerships and leveraging contributions across government and community agencies. All projects must include an evaluation. Grant funding may be used to resource a research organisation to support evaluation activities and capability building as part of the project.

Grant objectives

Empowering Communities funding aims to support community designed and delivered initiatives that take an evidence-informed, innovative approach to address local issues impacting on crime and perceptions of safety. This initiative also aims to: 

  • build the capability of the community to understand crime related issues and design and implement effective crime prevention approaches
  •  strengthen relationships between community stakeholders to work in partnership to deliver crime prevention activity, and leverage community capacity to deliver sustainable outcomes beyond the funding period
  • engage and mobilise the community to address issues of local concern
  • build the evidence base for successful community development initiatives that address crime and safety issues.

To apply

Grant applications for the competitive grant Streams 1-2 are now open and will close at 4pm on 15 March 2021.

APPLY NOW (External link)

Applications must be submitted online via the Crime Prevention website.

The first round of negotiated Stream 3 grant initiatives will be announced early in 2021.

Assistance

For general enquiries about these grants, email communitycrimeprevention@justice.vic.gov.au (External link) or phone 1300 221 249.

For technical issues when applying online, email service@smartygrants.com.au (External link) or phone (03) 9320 6888.