Media Release: Federal Government grants available for crime prevention

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Federal Government grants available for crime prevention

Applications will open at 9am today for grants of between $200,000 and $1.5 million for early intervention programs for youths who are at high risk of becoming involved with the criminal justice system.

Federal Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said he hoped Townsville organisations would make the most of the opportunity to help address the city’s crime problems.

“Townsville has been battling a crime epidemic for far too long, and the root causes of it have not been addressed,” Mr Thompson said.

“There are some fantastic organisations that do some great work in our community in this area, and this funding could be the help that they need to expand their offering and reach more young people.

“I want to encourage any organisation who thinks they might fit the bill to apply or contact my office for more details.”

Eligible activities include services to youths who are, or are at high risk of, becoming involved with the criminal justice system, and programs that increase the levels of engagement that youth at high risk have with their local communities, by building resilience, cultural connections and job readiness skills.

Mr Thompson said further grants for security infrastructure like CCTV, lighting and bollards would be available from 15 June 2021.

“As a city we’ve forked out millions of dollars on security upgrades as a result of our crime, but community groups often don’t have the funds to protect their people and property,” he said.

“These grants of between $10,000 and $500,000 will be a huge help to our local organisations.”

Applications for the Early Intervention grants close on 22 July 2021, and applications for the Infrastructure grants will open on 15 June 2021and close on 5 August 2021. Information on how to apply can be found at


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