Funding for community safety by the Federal government

Federal government is extending the Safer Communities Fund following the terrible terrorist attack in New Zealand.

Funding will be boosted for the upcoming round of grants from the fund for religious organisations to increase security at their premises.

Fifty five million dollars will now be available in round 4 and grants will be prioritised for religious schools, places of religious worship and religious assembly.

Grants ranging from $50,000 to $1.5 million will provide for safety enhancements such as CCTV cameras, lighting, fencing, bollards, alarms, security systems and public address systems.

Funding is available over three years for security infrastructure and projects and applications for funding can be lodged from tomorrow.

The government says it is committed to keeping every Australian safe. No one should have to fear for their safety.

This latest funding announcement brings the total amount available under the Safer Communities Fund to $119.9 million between 2016-17 and 2020-21. To date around 340 grants have been made.

Applications for round four can be submitted from tomorrow and will be assessed progressively in the order they are received until the funding is exhausted.

Potential applicants should start preparing applications now. Further details are available on the Australian Government’s Safer Communities Fund website at:

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