·         Community Safety Innovation Fund reinvests proceeds of crime, as seized by An Garda Síochána and the Criminal Assets Bureau, back into communities.

·         2023 Community Safety Innovation Fund has increased allocation of €3 million

·         Call for applications for innovative ways to improve community safety

The Community Safety Innovation has been increased to €3 million for 2023 and, along with the new Community Safety Partnerships and Community Safety Plans, is central to the Government’s commitment to building stronger, safer communities.

The Fund, established in April 2021 by Ministers Helen McEntee and Michael McGrath, uses money seized by An Garda Síochána and the Criminal Assets Bureau as the proceeds of crime to fund innovative new projects to support community safety.

Last year a total of €2 million was granted across 22 projects, with the fund increasing to €3 million in 2023.

The Minister for Justice said:

I am delighted to today open applications for the 2023 Community Safety Innovation Fund.

Last year saw 22 innovative new projects receive funding, including the Waterford Local Community Safety Partnership, and I am delighted to see the fund increase to €3 million this year.

The Fund highlights the successes of An Garda Síochána and the Criminal Assets Bureau and ensures these successes will be used to create stronger, safer communities.

The Fund is open to bodies involved in community safety and will support them in addressing local needs and opportunities for innovation not provided for in other funds managed by departments and agencies.

The call for applications for the Fund runs from 27 March until Friday 19 May 2023 and grants will range from €20,000 to €150,000.

Completed Application Forms are to be returned by 5pm on 19 May 2023 to CommunitySafetyInnovationFund@justice.ie.

For more information visit: https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/a5d23-2022-community-safety-innovation-fund-funding-call/.

These Partnerships act a forum to create dialogue and collaboration between community representatives and relevant State agencies such as An Garda Síochána and social services, with view to identifying issues and solutions to factors contributing to anti-social behaviour, crime and other quality of life issues in local areas.

Welcoming the news, Minister Rabbitte said:

Communities themselves have a crucial role to play. There is no one size fits all approach, because each community has different needs and challenges. The people living and working in communities are best placed to know what the key issues affecting an area are, and are best placed to identify solutions that can be delivered collaboratively to improve community unity and safety. 

This plan will ensure that communities across the  country can thrive and flourish, through collaborative actions to prevent and deter crime and harmful behaviours. It will also address many broader contributory factors such as improved access to education, tackling substance misuse, and confronting illegal drug dealing and intimidation.

I would like to commend the Partnership on the excellent work they have done in preparing this plan.

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