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‘Safe Places’ Emergency Accommodation capital grants now open - Circular 51.13

To Chief Executive Officer
Community Services Staff
Emergency and Risk Management Staff
Environmental Health Staff
Marketing and Public Relations Staff
Policy and Strategic Planning Staff
Date 17 December 2019
Contact Katherine Russell
Response Required Yes Respond By 14 February 2020
Summary The Commonwealth Government’s Department of Social Services has announced a $60M ‘Safe Places’ Emergency Accommodation capital grant program which is now open and will close 11pm on Friday 14 February 2020. It is designed to provide new or expanded emergency and crisis accommodation for women and children experiencing domestic and family violence.

The ‘Safe Places’ package is one measure under the $340 million Fourth Action Plan to the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022.

The grant program will run over two years (2020-21 to 2021-22) with capital grants of $100,000 to $10M (GST exclusive) available.  It recognises that domestic and family violence often disrupts housing security and is the leading cause of homelessness for women and children.  With emergency accommodation in short supply, women and children are often placed at increased risk of further violence.

This grant program seeks to address this issue by delivering new emergency and crisis accommodation for women and children experiencing domestic and family violence, as well as funding renovations/repurposing of buildings, where it creates new emergency accommodation.

Local government is eligible to apply for the grant program.  Councils may also wish to promote it to organisations in their area which provide housing services.  One of the conditions of the grants is that applicants which are not a domestic and family violence specialist, are required to

provide evidence of a formal partnership with a domestic and family violence specialist service, or specialist Indigenous service, or Culturally and Linguistically Diverse service, that is ongoing and sustainable and must demonstrate an understanding of domestic and family violence”.   

Councils interested in the ‘Safe Places’ grant program should visit Community Grants Hub or GrantConnect for further information. There is a Questions and Answers document there, as well as information about the support that is available from the State government.  

Questions about ‘Safe Places’ or the grants process that are not included on the Questions and Answers document can be emailed to: no later than 5.00pm AEDT on 7 February 2020.

If you have any queries about this Circular, please contact:

Katherine Russell, Senior Policy Officer, LGA

tel: 8224 2067

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