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COVID-19 Update

 Please note that due to current COVID-19 restrictions in place across Australia,  the closing date of this grant opportunity has been extended.

The extended application closing date is 19 August 2021 5:00pm. There will be no further extensions after this date. 

For further enquiries, or if current COVID-19 restrictions in your location are preventing you from submitting your application, please contact us or call 13 28 46 before the closing date.

Safer Communities Fund – Round 6 – Infrastructure Grants

This round of the Safer Communities Fund provides schools and pre-schools, places of religious worship, community organisations and local councils with grants for crime prevention initiatives.

Close date: 19 Aug 2021 05:00 PM AEST.
Application detail:
Please take into account time zone differences when submitting your application.

What do you get?

Grants from $10,000 to $500,000.

Who is this for?

Schools and pre-schools, places of religious worship, community organisations and local councils. 


This round of the Safer Communities Fund gives schools and pre-schools, places of religious worship, community organisations and local councils grants of up to $500,000 for crime prevention initiatives aimed at reducing crime, violence, anti-social behaviour and/or other security risks driven by racial and/or religious intolerance.

There is approximately $10 million available.

Project activities can include the installation of security infrastructure such as: 

  • fixed or mobile CCTV cameras
  • security lighting
  • fencing and gates
  • bollards
  • external blast walls and windows
  • security and alarm systems
  • public address systems
  • intercoms and swipe access
  • security doors.

For registered schools and preschools, project activities can also include employing or hiring security guards, licensed by the relevant state or territory agency. 

Grants available are between $10,000 and $500,000. The maximum grant amount per location or school campus is $250,000. 

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

Projects must be completed by 31 March 2024.


What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible you must:

  • have an Australian business number (ABN)
  • have not previously received a Safer Communities Fund Infrastructure or a Safer Communities Fund Northern Territory Infrastructure grant in earlier rounds, unless:
    • you are a school or pre-school applying for funding for security guards only, or
    • you are applying for infrastructure at a different project location/campus to your previous grant.

You must also be one of the following entities:

  • an incorporated not for profit organisation
  • an Australian local government agency or body as defined in section 14
  • 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.


How do you apply?

You should read the grant opportunity guidelines, sample grant agreement and frequently asked questions before you apply.

To apply, you must submit your application through the online portal. You’ll need to set up an account when you first log into the portal. The portal allows you to apply for and manage a grant or service in a secure online environment.

Apply now for Safer Communities Fund – Round 6 – Infrastructure grants

To apply, make sure you:

  • read the guidelines
  • read sample application form
  • read sample grant agreement
  • read the frequently asked questions

Need help?

  • Contact us for help with your application or to find out more.

  • Monday – Friday, 8am – 8pm across Australia

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