The Safer Communities Fund provides schools and pre-schools, community organisations and local councils with grants of between $50,000 and $1.5 million for security infrastructure and engagement activities to protect children in the community who are at risk of attack, harassment or violence stemming from racial or religious intolerance.

Project activities can include:

  • fixed or mobile CCTV cameras
  • security lighting
  • fencing
  • bollards
  • 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 and preschools.

Engagement activities such as:

  • social cohesion projects that reduce the chance of children being attacked or harassed due to racial or religious intolerance
  • community and youth engagement forums targeted at people at risk of offending to reduce security risks stemming from racial or religious intolerance
  • training for staff at organisations who work with children with the aim of reducing racial or religious intolerance
  • other preventative activities that can demonstrate a reduction in the chance of children being attacked or harassed due to racial or religious intolerance.To be eligible you must:

Projects must be completed by 31 March 2021.

  • 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 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.If you are a public school, please check your legal status with your education authority.

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Additional eligibility requirements may apply.

If you are a school, you will need to determine your legal status before applying for a grant. Only schools who are legal entities can apply for a grant themselves. If your school is not a legal entity you will need to have your legal entity such as a state education department, catholic diocese or education authority, apply for a grant on your behalf.




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