Applications for grants under the Creating Safer Places and Crime Prevention Innovation Fund are now open and close at 4pm on Friday 11 February 2022.
Victorian councils, not for profit community organisations and other specialist organisations are invited to apply for grants of between $25,000 to $300,000 for projects which help promote community safety and prevent crime in communities across Victoria.
The Creating Safer Places grants support urban design projects that apply an inclusive environmental design approach to deter crime, increase safety and activate public places.
The Crime Prevention Innovation Fund support projects that deliver and evaluate innovative community safety and crime prevention initiatives, with a focus on addressing the underlying causes of crime.
The Creating Safer Places and Crime Prevention Innovation Fund grants are part of the Victorian Government’s Building Safer Communities Program which includes a series of community forums and grants for Victorian Councils, community organisations and other stakeholders.
Other grants streams include Empowering Communities which offer targeted grants of up to $700,000 to priority communities to support community-led crime prevention initiatives and the Youth Engagement Grants which offer grants of up to $50,000 to small multicultural and Aboriginal clubs and organisations to support young people make positive life choices and reach their potential.
The Building Safer Communities Program is a cornerstone of the government’s Crime Prevention Strategy, which sets out a long-term approach to addressing the root causes of crime and building safer communities across Victoria.
The government has invested more than $85 million in Crime Prevention since 2015, including recent investment through the 2021-22 State Budget of almost $20 million over four years, and has supported over 860 projects to increase safety and community confidence in public places across Victoria.
More information including program guidelines and resources to support project applications can be found on the Building Safer Communities Program webpage.