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Power to the people to make communities safer

Applications open for Community Safety Fund grants

Publication date: Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Applications are now open for funding of up to $250,000 for local crime-fighting projects that tackle crime hot spots, address anti-social behaviour, promote safe use of public space and encourage people to work together to reduce crime.

Councils, community groups and non-government organisations are all encouraged to apply for the final round of grants under the NSW Community Safety Fund.

Funding projects at the local level recognises that locals are best placed to understand the issues faced within their communities. It also empowers local communities with ownership of the projects that will address crime and anti-social behaviour within their community.

This will be the final round of funding under the $10 million NSW Community Safety Fund. Over the last three years 52 projects have been successfully funded, with more than $7.3 million already invested in local infrastructure and service delivery initiatives for improving community safety. 

Previous rounds of funding have seen many innovative ideas designed to meet the needs of the local community, many of which have been in regional and country NSW. Projects already funded include:

  • A night culture and street beat program delivered by Miyay Birray in Moree, which provides cultural and creative workshops and youth diversionary activities on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.  The program provides access to cultural programs aimed at building confidence, skills and self-identity, as well as a return bus service home.  
  • A program with Midnight Basketball Australia which provides youth engagement and referrals, a meal and basketball tournament in Grafton, Griffith and Blacktown.
  • Regional Youth Services' 'You CARE' project which will provide a mobile youth outreach service at identified local hotspots on the Central Coast.  The mobile service provides games, food, movies and computers for teenagers at five locations that are characterised by high youth disengagement, unemployment and criminal behaviour.  
  • The Y Drive program in the Eurobodalla Shire which seeks to break the cycles of disadvantage by assisting Indigenous, homeless and other young people on the far south coast with supervised driving experience needed to sit the P-Plates driving licence test.

Applications are now open and will close at 5pm on Friday, 10 August 2018. For more information on the grants and how to apply go to www.crimeprevention.nsw.gov.au.