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More than $2.5 million available for community groups combatting local crimes

Another round of the $10 million Community Safety Fund is now open, supporting organisations working to create safer communities

Organisations in the community sector are now able to apply for another round of the $10 million Community Safety Fund to make Australian communities safer.

Attorney General Mark Speakman and Minister for Police, Troy Grant, announced that the fund is providing up to $250,000 to innovative projects that are designed to prevent crime and help the community feel safer for its people.

“We know local people understand local crime problems and are in the best position to address the issues they’re dealing with day-to-day,” Grant said.

“As we have seen from the wide range of applications we’ve received so far, the best crime prevention strategies are often the ones that come from the grassroots level.”

This is the fourth round of the Community Safety Fund and comes after 25 successfully funded projects over the last three years, including education programs to reduce domestic violence and a basketball initiative for youth in Grafton and Blacktown.

“In the most recent round, we invested in solar street lighting for two Indigenous communities in the Walgett Shire to improve safety for residents,” Speakman said.

“From Blacktown to Byron Bay to Bathurst, we have supported some brilliant projects that are helping to drive down crime and improve safety.”

To apply for the funds, the community should demonstrate a project that addresses local crime hot spots, addresses anti-social behaviour, promotes safer and inclusive use of public spaces and promotes collaborative approaches to community safety.

The Minister for Police said the NSW Liberals and National Government established the Community Safety Fund, available up until August 10, to support local crime prevention projects, particularly in disadvantaged, regional and remote areas.

“It’s safe to say regional NSW has received its fair share of more than $7.3 million worth of grants delivered so far, and the final round won’t be any different.”

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