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Local councils and community organisations across Gippsland can apply now for up to $1 million to tackle crime and anti-social behavior in their area.

The money is available through the Federal Government’s Safer Communities Fund as part of its commitment to keep Australians safe and secure.

Due to the program’s success, the Federal Government announced in May an additional $30 million in funding from assets confiscated by the Commonwealth as proceeds of crime.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is encouraging councils and community groups to consider apply for funding under round three of the grant program.

“Councils and community organisations can apply now for funding for security enhancement projects, such as the installation of CCTV cameras, bollards, lighting and security systems, in public or community spaces under the infrastructure funding stream,” Mr Chester said.

“This third funding round also includes an early intervention stream for community organisations to deliver crime prevention or activity-based youth engagement projects.

“This funding stream enables eligible peak organisations to apply for up to $2 million to run local crime prevention activities that address anti-social behaviour and racial or religious intolerance by at-risk marginalised youth.

“The Safer Communities Fund enables local organisations and councils to improve their security infrastructure, address crime and anti-social behaviour, and increase perceptions of safety and cohesion. This will foster viable and vibrant communities into the future.”

Applications for both funding streams close on September 25, 2018.

For information about the infrastructure stream, visit business.gov.au/safer-communities-fund

For information about the early intervention stream, visit business.gov.au/safer-communities-fund-early-intervention

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