Safer Communities Fund Round 5 - Infrastructure Grants

Applications are now open for round five of the Safer Communities Fund, with communities across Australia set to share in up to $55.1 million in grants to improve public safety and security.

Assistant Minister for Customs, Community Safety and Multicultural Affairs, Jason Wood said this boost in funding for local councils and community organisations will help keep Australian’s safe.

“The Government has delivered on its promise of an extra $20 million to help meet current funding demands, and a further $4 million to address crime and anti-social behaviour hot spots in the Northern Territory,” Assistant Minister Wood said.

“This funding is in addition to the $41.9 million announced on 24 October 19 for 127 activities to protect children in the community facing risks associated with racial and religious intolerance under round four of the Safer Communities Fund.

“The Safer Communities Fund provides funding to community organisations, schools, pre-schools, and local councils to help implement and boost crime prevention and security initiatives such as CCTV and lighting. Grants of up to $1 million are available.

“The aim of the program is to increase feelings of safety in the Australian community and to reduce crime, violence and anti-social behaviour. We all have the right to feel safe.

“This fifth round brings the total funding allocated under the Safer Communities Fund to more than $180.1 million,” Assistant Minister Wood said.

For further information about round five, including how to apply and eligibility criteria, visit

Deadline to apply:

Applications open: 29 October 2019 9:00 am AEDT

Applications close: 10 December 2019 5:00 pm AEDT

Who can apply:

At a minimum, 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.

Other eligibility requirements may apply.

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