The federal government has boosted funding for grants from the Safer Communities Fund following recent events in New Zealand.
This latest funding announcement brings the total amount available under the Safer Communities Fund to $119.9 million between 2016-17 and 2020-21.
To date around 340 grants have been made, including for many projects across Cairns and Far North Queensland.
Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said religious, community organisations and schools across Far North Queensland can now apply for funding to increase security at their premises.
He said under round four of the program grants between $50,000 and $1.5 million will be made available.
“The federal government is 100 per cent committed to keeping Far North Queenslanders safe,” Mr Entsch said.
“These grants can be used for safety enhancements such as CCTV cameras, lighting, fencing, bollards, alarms and other security systems.
“Priority will be given to religious schools and places of religious worship or assembly.
“No one should have to fear for their safety and everyone has the right to religious freedom.
“Grants will also be provided to schools, community organisations and local councils for security measures to protect children who are at risk of harassment or attack stemming from racial or religious intolerance.”
Further information on how to apply can be found here: www.business.gov.au/assistance/safer-communities-fund-round-4