The Victorian Government has announced the new $11 million Building Safer Communities Program.

The Building Safer Communities Program includes a series of community forums, and grants for Victorian Councils, community organisations and other stakeholders to develop proposals and apply for funding to support innovative, evidence-based approaches to address crime and improve community safety.

The new program includes two competitive grants streams, with the first round opening on 18 January 2021:

  • 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.
  • Crime Prevention Innovation Fund - competitive grants of between $25,000 to $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.

The program also includes a third negotiated stream, the Empowering Communities grants. Under this stream, identified communities will be provided with the opportunity to express interest and develop proposals for tailored crime prevention projects and initiatives.

Successful projects will have a strong focus on evidence, community consultation, and establishing local partnerships.

The program will be launched at the Brimbank Building Safer Communities Forum on 27 November, the first in a series of community forums to be held as part of the new program in areas of Victoria where there are opportunities to tackle social challenges and crime and improve community safety.

The Brimbank forum is being delivered online in partnership with Youth Junction – a local youth-focused community organisation – Brimbank City Council, and New York University. This builds on an international expert partnership established this year by the Department of Justice and Community Safety.

Attendees include young people, community agencies supporting young people, school leaders, key state government departments, Victoria Police, Crime Stoppers and Neighbourhood Watch Victoria.

A second community forum with a focus on the suburb of Craigieburn, in the City of Hume, will be held in December 2020.

The new Building Safer Communities Program will be delivered through the Community Crime Prevention Program and replaces the previous grants programs, which included the Public Safety Infrastructure Fund, Graffiti Prevention Grants and Community Safety Fund. 

Program guidelines and resources to support project applications will be available on our website prior to the grants program opening.

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Find out more about the new Building Safer Communities Program.