Community grants to ramp up crime prevention in Bentleigh

Bentleigh will have access to community grants to boost security and tackle local crime issues, as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s commitment to crime prevention.

Member for Bentleigh, Nick Staikos MP, today encouraged councils and community groups to apply for the latest round of Community Safety Fund (CSF) grants.

The initiative provides up to $10,000 in funding for councils and not-for-profit community groups to deliver projects to help prevent crime, improve safety and strengthen community engagement.

Examples of projects funded include:

  • New security equipment and infrastructure (locks, vandal-proof security lighting, security screens, alarms, fencing and gates)
  • Small-scale improvements and upgrades to public spaces including streetscapes, parks and reserves to encourage more foot traffic
  • Education and awareness initiatives to help prevent motor vehicle theft and personal property theft, and prevent residential burglaries and retail burglaries

Applications are now open. Councils and community groups have until 4pm on Friday 1 July 2016 to apply.

As part of the 2016/17 Victorian Budget, the Andrews Labor Government invested $19.4 million in community crime prevention.

For further information about the grants, including guidelines for applicants, please visit:


Quotes attributable to Member for Bentleigh, Nick Staikos

“The people of Bentleigh understand the local crime issues in their area, and I encourage council and local community groups to apply for the latest round of grants.”

“The Community Safety Fund allows councils and community groups deliver small projects that will make a big difference in the long run.”

“By delivering local initiatives that help prevent crime we are continuing to build a safer Bentleigh community.”

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