Media Release – Tuesday, 16th May, 2017.
Grants of up to $10,000 are now available to help Western Victoria tackle local crime as part of the State Government’s $19.4 million investment in the Community Crime Prevention Program.
Labor Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford, said applications were now open for the latest round of Community Safety Fund grants and encouraged council and community groups to apply.
The grants provide funding for councils and not-for-profit community groups to deliver projects that help prevent crime and support people to feel safer and more engaged in their communities.
Projects that may be funded under the Community Safety Fund grants include:
- New security equipment and infrastructure (locks, vandal-proof security lighting, security screens, alarms, fencing and gates)
- Small-scale, physical improvements and upgrades to public spaces such as streetscapes, parks and reserves to improve community use of these areas.
- Education and awareness initiatives to help prevent motor vehicle and personal property theft and residential and retail burglaries.
Ms Pulford said since July 2015, the government has provided more than $1.6 million in CSF grants to help support local crime prevention projects across Victoria.
“Communities across Western Victoria understand the local issues that matter and I encourage council and community groups in the area to apply for the latest round of grants,” Ms Pulford said.
“The Community Safety Fund grants allows councils and community groups to harness local knowledge and deliver small projects that will make a big difference in the long run,” she said.
“By delivering local initiatives that help stop crime before it happens, we are continuing to build a safer community in Western Victoria,” Ms Pulford said.
Applications for the latest round are now open and close at 4.00pm on Friday the 14th of July 2017.
For further information about the grants, including guidelines for applicants, please visit www.crimeprevention.vic.gov.au