The Federal Liberal Government has boosted funding for grants from the Safer Communities Fund (SCF) following the terrible terrorist attack in New Zealand by providing $55 million for local religious and community organisations and schools to increase security at their premises.
Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, has encouraged local organisations and schools in Pearce to apply for funding under Round 4 of the SCF.
“Our Government will provide $55 million for grants ranging from $50,000 to $1.5 million,” Mr Porter said.
“These grants can be used for safety enhancements such as CCTV cameras, lighting, fencing, bollards, alarms and other security systems.
“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.”
Mr Porter said the Federal Liberal Government is committed to keeping Australians safe.
“No one should have to fear for their safety and everyone has the right to religious freedom,” Mr Porter said.
This latest funding announcement brings the total amount available under the SCF to $119.9 million between 2016-17 and 2020-21. To date around 340 grants have been made.
Round 4 of the SCF is now open and further information can be found at: www.business.gov.au/assistance/safer-communities-fund-round-4.