The Victorian Government’s Department of Premier and Cabinet conducted a presentation on Wednesday 1 August on the “Islamic Communities Security Infrastructure Fund” in preparation ahead of launching the new funding stream through its Multicultural Affairs and Social Cohesion Division.
This funding opportunity will be available to all places of worship, Islamic schools and centres as of Monday 6 August.
The grant program is for projects that upgrade or install security infrastructure in existing community facilities, schools or places of worship.
A total of three million dollars has been allocated for this funding round with each site able to apply for a maximum of seventy-five thousand dollars towards security infrastructure.
The purpose of the grant is to ensure that Victoria’s Islamic community feels safe and secure and can freely participate in their community and practice their culture and faith without fear.
Over a hundred people attended the presentation, held at the Treasury Theatre in the heart of Melbourne, representing various Islamic organisations, mosques and Islamic schools across Victoria.
An introductory presentation was made by David Burns, a Director in the Department of Premier and Cabinet of Victoria, speaking on behalf of the Premier who’s father is currently unwell.
A presentation was also made by the senior advisor for the Minister for Multicultural Affairs and recognised member of the Muslim community, Mohamed Elrafihi, who explained “We want government resources not to only go to peak bodies, but we want it to reach the grass root organisations like people here today.
We must empower each of you to make a positive difference in our society and a Labor government will always do that.
We will continue to work with the Muslim and other communities to better address drug rehabilitation,aged care facilities, family violence services, youth services, education and employment programs.”
Islamic organisations, mosques and Islamic education facilities that have in the past experienced vandalism or threats to security, or feel that this is a necessary preventative measure for the safe accessibility of their facilities, are strongly encouraged to apply for this security infrastructure funding.
Some examples of security infrastructure can include Security lighting Protective fences, gates or walls, Adoption of anti-graffiti coatings or graffiti-resistant materials, Initiatives to cover walls vulnerable to graffiti vandalism such as vertical gardens and landscaping, murals and public art. Fittings such as locks, screens, alarms, Bollards, Boundary measures or Internal/external CCTV cameras.
The application process was explained by assistant director Sarah Caines and it was stressed that support is available with the application process. Organisations are encouraged to use these resources in putting together their application.
Applications can officially start being lodged as of Monday August 6 and final applications must be in by 27 August 27 2018.
For more details please visit www.multicultural.vic.gov.au/grants