$5 million available to fund community safety and anti-drug measures

Media release
FIVE million dollars in grant funding is now available for not-for-profit community groups and local governments as part of the State Government’s Criminal Property Confiscation Grants program.
Community Safety
  • The Criminal Property Confiscation Grants program is now open
  • The amount of money on offer is double what was awarded in the last round
  • The grants program is funded by cash and property seized from criminals
  • Applications must meet a strict set of criteria to benefit the community

FIVE million dollars in grant funding is now available for not-for-profit community groups and local governments as part of the State Government’s Criminal Property Confiscation Grants program.

Administered by the Department of Justice, the program allows local governments and non-profit community groups to apply for up to $200,000, seized under the State’s tough proceeds of crime laws, to fund projects which prevent or reduce drug-related crime and drug abuse, support crime victims or aid law enforcement.

In the previous grants round, 13 projects shared funding of $2.13 million.

Groups to benefit from that previous funding round include:

  • Swan Districts Football Club, which received $200,000 to run an engagement program for young Aboriginal teens, promoting education, health and wellbeing and working to reduce crime
  • The Association for Services to Torture and Trauma Survivors, which received $199,000 to help reduce family and domestic violence in at risk communities
  • Tenancy Western Australia, in partnership with the Women’s Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services (WA), to give legal help and education about the State Government’s Family Violence Bill when it becomes law

Attorney General John Quigley today launched the 15th round of the grants program.

Further information about the Criminal Property Confiscation Grants program, including the guidelines and an application form, is available on the Department of Justice website www.justice.wa.gov.au/grants The closing date for applications is 12.00 pm, Wednesday 1 April.

Five information sessions designed to help with the application process will be held later this month. Applicants interested in attending a session must register in advance with the Grants Administrator.

For details of these sessions, as well as general information about applying for a grant,  applicants are encouraged to contact the Department’s Grants Administrator on (08) 9264 1206, or toll free on 1800 994 400.

Comments attributed to Attorney General John Quigley:

It is very satisfying that money and property which has been seized as the result of criminal activity can be returned to the community through these grants.

I commend the WA Police Force and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for the work they do which allows these grants to be made.

I would strongly encourage organisations and local councils who feel they have a worthy application which will benefit the community to contact the Department for advice.

Media contact: Minister’s Office

Page reviewed 13 February 2020
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