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Local crime prevention grants now open

By Cobram Courier

Victorian councils and not-for-profit groups can apply for two streams of local crime prevention grants through the Victorian Government’s Community Safety Fund.

Crime Prevention Minister Ben Carroll announced Thursday applications for the grants of up to $25 000 were open.

Mr Carroll said the fund had provided almost $3 million of grants to support 460 crime prevention projects across the state since 2015.

‘‘These grants will give community organisations the resources they need to improve public safety and increase community pride and engagement,’’ he said.

‘‘I encourage all local councils and not-for-profit community groups to consider applying for a grant under the Community Safety Fund and join us in helping to build a safer Victoria.’’

Stream one grants, up to $10 000, are aimed at preventing crime relating to community facilities and public spaces, which includes the installation of security equipment, as well as small-scale improvements streetscapes, parks and reserves.

Stream two projects, up to $25 000, are aimed at education and awareness initiatives focusing on home safety, theft from businesses, personal property theft in public places and theft of and from motor vehicles.

Applicants can also apply for stream two grants for projects which help to boost understanding of the justice system, as part of an expanded awareness and education grant focus this year.

Applications close at 4 pm on Friday, October 18. For information, visit www.crimeprevention.vic.gov.au/safetygrants