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The Safer Communities Fund is a Crown fund that provides communities at risk from hate crimes and terrorism with funding to upgrade and/or implement security arrangements.

The initial focus and priority for the Fund will be given to the two Christchurch mosques that were targeted during the terror attacks, as well as houses of worship for the wider Muslim community and the Jewish community.

Who can make an application to the Safer Communities Fund?

Organisations that represent at-risk communities.


Ngā Hua / Outcomes

Organisations that receive grants through the Safer Communities Fund are expected to show how the proposed security upgrade or project will:

  • help reduce the threat and impact of future hate crimes and terrorism against their community;
  • build the confidence of their community so that they can continue practising their faith, and/or continue congregating and maintaining their community networks in a safe and secure environment.

Ngā kaupapa matua / Priorities

Requests to the Safer Communities Fund will need to show that the proposed security upgrade or project is:

  • sufficient for the level of risk or threat that your community faces;
  • of an appropriate size and scale to meet the needs of your community;
  • able to be realised quickly;
  • fit-for-purpose; and
  • proposed by an organisation that can:
    • successfully develop and deliver the security arrangement and/or project; and
    • show how they will manage and maintain the security arrangement and/or project in the future.


How do I make an application to the Safer Communities Fund? 

The Safer Communities Fund is open from 8 November 2019 to 5pm 2 December 2019, and final decisions will be made by 11 December 2019.

The Department will work with potential applicants to help assess whether they are a priority and if they are, then we will help them with the application process. However, if your organisation wishes to make an application to the Safer Communities Fund, please contact a Community Advisor who will help you to understand whether you meet the outcomes and priorities and help you to make an application. They can tell you what you will need to apply (e.g., supporting documents) and also answer any questions you might have about the Fund.

You can contact a Community Advisor on 0800 824 824.