The Youth Crime Prevention Grants program provides funding for community-led initiatives that address offending behaviour and recidivism by young people aged 10-24 years who have had contact with, or are at risk of involvement with, the criminal justice system.

Funding available

One-off grants of up to $200,000 to community partnerships to develop and implement evidenced-based youth crime prevention strategies in areas of high crime and disadvantage.

Related funding

The Victorian Government is investing $10 million over two years to help local communities tackle youth crime through three streams of funding to support appropriately tailored community-led interventions to address youth offending.

In addition to this $2 million competitive stream:

  • $6.5 million is being directly invested in community-led interventions to address youth offending in eight priority communities: Ballarat, Casey, Frankston, Geelong, Greater Dandenong, Hume, Latrobe and Wyndham.This funding will be directly allocated; it will not be subject to a competitive application process.
  • Funding of $1.5 million is also being directly allocated to Koori crime prevention activities. This funding will be coordinated through the Department of Justice and Regulation’s nine Regional Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committees.

    Eligible communities

    The following communities have been identified as experiencing significant socio-economic disadvantage and higher levels of crime: Bendigo, Brimbank, Cardinia, Darebin, East Gippsland, Horsham, Melton, Mildura, Shepparton and Wodonga.

    These communities will be given priority consideration, however applications from other communities that can demonstrate a clear need will also be considered.

    Applications for initiatives in Ballarat, Casey, Frankston, Greater Dandenong, Geelong, Hume, Latrobe and Wyndham are not eligible for consideration under this competitive grants program. The government is investing directly in youth crime prevention initiatives in these areas.

    Who can apply?

    Incorporated not-for-profit community organisations and Victorian councils.

    Application closing date

    Applications closed at 4.00pm on Friday 3 March 2017. Late applications will not be accepted.

      Essential information

      Read the Grant Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions

      Useful resources

      These additional resources are recommended to assist with the development of projects:


      If after reading the guidelines you have further questions about these grants, phone 1300 221 249 or email: (External link)

      For technical issues when applying, e-mail: (External link) or phone (03) 9320 6888

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