The Australian Government is awarding up to $41.9 million to successful grant applicants under round four of the Safer Communities Fund, to protect children facing risks associated with racial and religious intolerance.
This commitment includes an additional $23.1 million announced by the Prime Minister immediately following the attack in Christchurch in March.
Assistant Minister for Customs, Community Safety and Multicultural Affairs, Jason Wood said the Safer Communities Fund is delivering on the Government’s priority of keeping Australians safe.
“The Government is committed to protecting children and all Australians from all forms of harassment or violence stemming from racial or religious intolerance. No one should have to fear for their safety,” Assistant Minister Wood said.
“We have already seen 340 projects funded under the first three rounds of the Safer Communities Fund to allow councils and community organisations to address crime and anti-social behaviours.”
Successful applicants under round four of the Safer Communities Fund includes schools, pre-schools, community organisations and places of religious worship who will use the grants to upgrade their security infrastructure or undertake activity-based projects to protect children.
“I am also pleased to announce that a further $55 million will be available for round five of the Safer Communities Fund,” Assistant Minister Wood said.
“This includes a Federal Election commitment of an additional $20 million to help meet current funding demands, and $4 million for local councils and community organisations in the Northern Territory to assist in addressing crime and anti-social behaviour.”
“The opening date for round five applications will be announced soon.”
Further information about round five, including how to apply, will be available at: www.business.gov.au