Almost $4.4 million in grants funding has been awarded to 16 innovative projects across metropolitan and regional Victorian communities under the first round of the new Building Safer Communities Program.

Six councils, two universities and eight community organisations have received funding to deliver innovative projects to address the causes of crime and improve community safety.

Examples of projects funded under the program are:

  • Swinburne University of Technology will work with Pasifika young people to co-design best practice model and tools to support a positive path in life, including education programs.
  • The First People of the Millewa-Mallee in Mildura will lead an Aboriginal mentoring program for young people who have been in contact with the justice system.
  • Paramount Chief Kuol Adol Incorporated in West Melbourne will deliver a South Sudanese community mentoring program for young people at risk.
  • Monash University will co-design community safety strategies and toolkits for women and people from migrant backgrounds in Monash, Wyndham and Melton.
  • Melbourne City Council will deliver Project Night Justice to improve safety for women and gender diverse people in the city at night.
  • Youth Activating Youth will implement the ‘Drop the Knife, Save a Life’ project to steer young people away from offending and help them stay safe and on the right path.

The Building Safer Communities Program includes grants and community forums focussed on empowering local communities to identify and deliver crime prevention solutions that work for them.

There are two categories of competitive grants which cover a wide range of sectors and projects, with each focused on delivering grassroots and community-led projects to prevent crime.

Streams 1 and 2 are competitive grants of between $25,000 - $300,000 which provide Victorian councils, not-for-profit organisations and other stakeholders with the opportunity to apply for funding to undertake crime prevention activities.

Stream 3 delivers targeted grants to priority communities which support the development of community-led crime prevention initiatives.

Applications for the next round of competitive grants will open on Monday 15 November 2021 and close at 4pm on Friday 11 February 2022.

The Building Safer Communities Program is a key initiative under Victoria’s new Crime Prevention Strategy, which sets out a clear approach to empower Victorian communities to tackle the causes of crime. 

The focus of the strategy is government working in partnership with communities to deliver local solutions to crime that works for them. It recognises that communities hold the knowledge, skills and experience to design and deliver effective solutions to local issues.   

Find out more about the projects funded under the Building Safer Communities Program on our website.