The Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee, T.D., has announced the launch of the Community Safety Innovation Fund (CSIF) funding call.
The overall aim of this fund is to support the policy initiatives of the Department of Justice in the areas of Community Safety and Youth Justice.
The Community Safety Innovation Fund will:
- Allow proceeds of crime to be directed into community projects to support community safety.
- Ensure that the most appropriate proposals to improve community safety will access the funding they need.
- Encourage the development of innovative ways in which to improve community safety from those people who best understand local community safety needs.
- Allow best practice on community safety and youth justice to be shared with other partnerships and communities nationally as new proposals are developed.
- Reflect and highlight the success of An Garda Síochána and the Criminal Assets Bureau in seizing the proceeds from criminal activity.
This could include activities intended to:
- Tackle crime or reduce the fear of crime; improve community safety and feelings of safety.
- Support the creation of safe and resilient communities.
- Reduce reoffending.
- Divert vulnerable individuals away from engagement in criminal behavior.
Grants will be in the range of €20,000 – €150,000. Smaller or larger grants may be considered on merit on an exceptional basis.
- Applications will be invited from community safety initiatives as well as groups co-funded with local authorities, NGOs and community organisations working on issues relevant to community safety and youth justice.
- Applications may be submitted by individual organisations, or by a consortium involving two or more organisations where the lead partner is a community organisation, not-for-profit, social enterprise or similar with a remit relevant to community safety and/or youth justice.
- Applications with innovative approaches to be especially considered.
For more information, visit https://www.justice.ie/en/JELR/Pages/CSI-Fund-2022