The Liberal National Government has boosted funding for grants from the Safer Communities Fund in the wake of the recent terrorist attack in Christchurch. The Liberal National Government will provide $55 million in Round 4 for grants ranging from $50,000 to $1.5 million.
Gold Coast MP Karen Andrews said local religious and community organisations and schools can apply for funding to increase security at their premises from this week. “These grants can be used for safety enhancements such as CCTV cameras, lighting, fencing, bollards, alarms and other security systems,” said Minister Andrews.
“Priority will be given to religious schools and places of religious worship or assembly, but grants will also be provided to schools, community organisations and local councils for security measures to protect children who are at risk of harassment or attack stemming from racial or religious intolerance.”
Minister Andrews said the Liberal National Government is committed to keeping every Australian safe. “No one should have to fear for their safety and everyone has the right to religious freedom.”
Minister Andrews said Round 4 of the Safer Communities Fund was now open and information could be found at: https://www.business.gov.au/assistance/safer-communities-fund-round-4
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. For further information: https://www.business.gov.au/assistance/safer-communities-fund-round-4