The Crime Prevention Innovation Fund is part of the Building Safer Communities Program which includes grants and a series of community forums across Victoria.

Read about the crime prevention projects across Victoria funded under the Crime Prevention Innovation Fund grants.

Funded projects are listed by the Department of Justice and Community Safety regions (External link) that they are located within.

Funded projects

Round 1


Barwon South West

Organisation: Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative Limited

Project: Cultural Revival and Cultural Safety for our Young People on Wathaurong Country

Grant funding: $300,000

About the project:

The project aims to create a culturally embedded Healing Place on Wathaurong Country aimed at Aboriginal children and young people and to develop a regional Aboriginal Cultural Safety toolkit and associated resources for use across the justice service sector.



Organisation: The Centre for Continuing Education Inc

Project: Finding Strengths

Grant funding: $300,000

About the project:

This pilot program will provide an intensive case management, therapeutic and education approach to support education and employment pathways for young people.


Loddon Mallee

Organisation: First People of the Millewa-Mallee Aboriginal Corporation

Project: Aboriginal Youth Cultural Mentoring Program

Grant funding: $300,000

About the project:

The project will employ a Case Manager to work in partnership with Youth Justice to provide culturally appropriate support to Indigenous youth who have had contact with the justice system; arrange cultural mentoring, wellbeing support and behavioural change programs for young Aboriginal people to increase connection to country and prevent crime in the Mildura area.


North West Metropolitan

Organisation: Melbourne City Council

Project: Project Night Justice: Enhancing Women and Gender Diverse People’s Safe Access to the City Late At Night

Grant funding: $193,000

About the project:

The project aims to improve personal safety for women and gender diverse people visiting the Melbourne CBD at night through a suite of activities including holding a Night Safety Summit and developing a Night Safety Charter, implementing a sexual assault behaviour change and awareness raising campaign, and a Good Night Out Accreditation program.

Organisation: Banyule City Council

Project: Towards a Safe, Strong and Resilient Somali Community in Banyule

Grant funding: $299,600

About the project:

The project aims to better support the Somali-Australian community through a suite of activities including parenting support, life skill development activities for young people, employment related support, and cultural competence development activities for mainstream local services

Organisation: Paramount Chief Kuol Adol Incorporated

Project: South Sudanese community mentor program for young people at risk

Grant funding: $300,000

About the project:

This project will deliver a culturally specific mentoring program for young South Sudanese Australians, aged 13 to 15, living in Melbourne’s West, who have older siblings engaged in the youth justice system combined with community-led peer-support to mothers and families.

Organisation: North Richmond Community Health Ltd

Project: Deferred Prosecutions Pilot program

Grant funding: $292,120

About the project:

This project will implement an adult pre-charge diversion pilot program in the City of Yarra for individuals facing criminal charges to address factors that contribute to offending and reduce subsequent criminal activity.


North West Metropolitan and South East Metropolitan

Organisation: Youth Activating Youth Inc.

Project: Drop the Knife, Save a Life

Grant funding: $297,000

About the project:

This project aims to develop an educational campaign addressing knife crime, working with secondary schools and communities in Brimbank, Wyndham, Maribyrnong, Melton, Hume, Moreland, Moonee Valley, City of Melbourne, and Greater Dandenong to provide knowledge, support and increase public perception of community safety.

Organisation: Law and Advocacy Centre for Women Ltd

Project: Community Support Pathways for Women

Grant funding: $299,488

About the project:

The project combines involvement with community sporting clubs and activities with case management and peer support to build protective factors against contact with the justice system among women living in metropolitan Melbourne.

Organisation: Swinburne University of Technology

Project: Supporting Pasifika Islander youth towards positive life trajectories

Grant funding: $172,655

About the project:

The project will co-design and test a culturally accepted practice model and tools for supporting positive life trajectories among Pasifika young people including through engagement in education.

Organisation: Big Hart Inc.

Project: Something to Talk About

Grant funding: $240,000

About the project:

This project aims to use digital art workshops, mentoring and peer to peer messaging to prevent the use of coercive control among students in Years 5-8 at schools in Frankston North.

Organisation: Monash University

Project: Feeling safe in public places: Co-designing community safety strategies in Local Government Areas

Grant funding: $296,994

About the project:

This project will develop place-based strategies in Monash, Wyndham and Melton and a toolkit to enhance feelings of safety and prevent crime and victimisation in public spaces for women and people from migrant backgrounds.

Round 2

Applications for the next round of Crime Prevention Innovation Fund grants will open on Monday 15 November 2021 and close at 4pm on Friday 11 February 2022.