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As of 3 June 2020, the Safer Communities Fund Round 5 Infrastructure grants program is progressing and decisions on the outcomes of applications are imminent.

All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application.

Safer Communities Fund – Round 5 – Infrastructure Grants

Safer Communities Fund – Round 5 – Infrastructure Grants provides schools and pre-schools, places of religious worship, community organisations and local councils with grants of up to $1 million for crime prevention initiatives aimed at reducing crime, violence, anti-social behaviour and/or other security risks driven by racial and/or religious intolerance.
Closed
This grant is currently closed to applications

What do you get?

Grants from $10,000 to $1 million.

Who is this for?

An incorporated not for profit organisation or an Australian local government agency. Or body as defined in appendix A of the grant opportunity guidelines or an Australian State/Territory Government education agency or body. Or a registered school or pre-school that is a legal entity (with its own unique ABN) and that can enter into a grant agreement in its own right. Or a legal entity applying on behalf of a registered school or pre-school.

Overview

The Safer Communities Fund – Round 5 – Infrastructure grants provide schools and pre-schools, places of religious worship, community organisations and local councils with grants of up to $1 million for crime prevention initiatives aimed at reducing crime, violence, anti-social behaviour and/or other security risks driven by racial and/or religious intolerance. Project activities can include:

  • Infrastructure activities, such as installing:
    • fixed or mobile CCTV camera
    • security lighting
    • fencing and gates
    • bollards
    • external blast walls and windows
    • security and alarm systems
    • public address systems
    • intercoms and swipe access
  • Employing or hiring security guards, licensed by the relevant state or territory agency, for schools or preschools.

The minimum grant amount is $10,000.

The maximum grant amount per location or school campus is $500,000.

The maximum grant amount per organisation is $1 million.

The grant will be up to 100% of eligible project costs.

The maximum grant period is 36 months.

Projects must be completed by 31 March 2024.

Eligibility

What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible you must have an Australian business number (ABN) and be one of the following entities:

  • an incorporated not for profit organisation
  • an Australian local government agency or body as defined in appendix A of the grant opportunity guidelines
  • an Australian State/Territory Government education agency or body
  • a registered school or pre-school that is a legal entity (with its own unique ABN) and that can enter into a grant agreement in its own right
  • a legal entity applying on behalf of a registered school or pre-school

You are not eligible to apply if you are:

  • an individual
  • a partnership
  • an unincorporated association
  • any organisation not included in section 4.1 of the grant opportunity guidelines
  • a trust (however, an incorporated trustee may apply on behalf of a trust provided it meets the eligibility criteria in section 4.1 of the grant opportunity guidelines)
  • an organisation such as a school or religious organisation that is not a legal entity and unable to enter into a funding agreement with the Commonwealth
  • a school, preschool, community organisation or religious organisation previously defunded by State or Territory or Australian Government agencies for performance and/or integrity reasons
  • a school or preschool that has gone into administration or receivership.

To be competitive your application must score at least 50% against each assessment criterion.

  • Assessment criterion 1: The extent that your project will protect schools and pre-schools, places of religious worship, community organisations and local councils that may be facing security risks associated with racial and/or religious intolerance (50 points).
  • Assessment criterion 2: The impact of grant funding on your project (30 points).
  • Assessment criterion 3: Your capacity, capability and resources to deliver the project (20 points).

Applying

How do you apply?

The Safer Communities Fund – Round 5 – Infrastructure Grants are closed to applications.

We assess your application against the eligibility criteria and then against the assessment criteria. Only eligible applications will proceed to the assessment stage.

The amount of detail and supporting evidence you provide in your application should be relative to the project size, complexity and grant amount requested. You should provide evidence to support your answers. The sample application form displays character limits.

A Minister in the Home Affairs portfolio will make the final decision.

If your application is successful, you will receive a written offer. If you are unsuccessful, we will notify you in writing and give you the chance to discuss the outcome with us.

Successful applicants must enter into a grant agreement with the Commonwealth. The grant agreement will specify the reporting requirements, payment schedule and milestones necessary to receive payments.

Payments will be made by direct credit into a nominated bank account.

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Key documents

Grant opportunity guidelines

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Fact sheet – How to apply guide

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Sample grant agreement – simple

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Exchange of letters grant agreement

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Letter template – Authority to undertake the project at the nominated site

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Legal entities fact sheet for Infrastructure grants

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