Two of the Victorian Coalition Government's popular crime prevention grant programs are again open for applications from across Victoria.
Crime Prevention Minister Andrew McIntosh today announced a second round of Community Safety Fund grants, and Graffiti Prevention and Removal grants.
"These grants allow communities to implement the crime prevention solutions which will work best for them," Mr McIntosh said.
"That's the basis for our whole Crime Prevention Program. The idea is for local communities to come up with local solutions, and we are here to help make it happen."
The Community Safety Fund grants provide funding of up to $10,000 each for local crime prevention initiatives. Both councils and community groups may apply.
The Graffiti Prevention and Removal grants provide funding of up to $25,000 to councils working in partnership with the community.
Mr McIntosh said the Coalition Government is taking strong action to help promote community safety and prevent crime in communities across Victoria.
"I'm very pleased to again be providing significant funding to communities to address local crime prevention issues and to help provide a safer, more confident and secure Victoria,"" Mr McIntosh said.
Last year the Coalition Government provided $1 million to fund 155 projects through the Community Safety Fund grants and $300,000 towards 18 graffiti projects through Graffiti Prevention and Removal grants.
The grants supported a range of community safety projects, including funding the installation of security lighting, locks, security screens, fencing, and the provision of graffiti removal trailers.
"Many of these grants were awarded to local sporting and social clubs, scout groups, community centres and neighbourhood houses," Mr McIntosh said.
"These facilities are at the heart of our local communities, and are often managed by local volunteers, so crime and anti-social behaviour has a significant impact.
"Local communities can play their part by identifying local crime problems, providing potential solutions and promoting local involvement in action.
"Alongside law enforcement and the criminal justice system, local crime prevention initiatives can reduce the risks of crimes occurring, increase community safety and improve community confidence in the safety of local areas.
"I encourage community groups and councils across this state to think innovatively about projects that will make a difference to the safety and security of your communities, no matter how big or small," Mr McIntosh said.
Program information, grant application guidelines and links to the application forms for both grants can be found at www.justice.vic.gov.au/communitycrimeprevention