Round 3 applications now closed

Applications for Round 3 of the 2023–24 (Quarter 1, 2024) Community-based Crime Action grants (formerly known as Community-based Crime Action Committees) are now closed. See our key dates for more opportunities to submit a Community-based Crime Action grants.

There is $5 million in funds available to support initiatives that keep Queensland communities safe.

Grants of $5,000 to $75,000 will be available for short-term, culturally responsive, community-based projects that respond to the causes of youth crime, based on identified local needs and service system gaps.

Complementing existing local responses and knowledge, the Community-based Crime Action grants will support practical solutions to:

  • reduce youth crime and re-offending
  • enhance community safety
  • improve early intervention and prevention services for at-risk youth
  • help young people involved in the youth justice system to
    • build positive relationships and participation in their community
    • improve their health outcomes
    • engage with education and training to increase life and work skills.

Solutions should be designed using evidence and community knowledge and delivered to meet the needs of the young people, their families, and the broader community. For example, community sporting groups, social activities, formal education, culture-based rehabilitation or improvements to local facilities.

What we are looking for

An idea community proposal will include:

  • a targeted engagement of individuals and groups aged 8 to 17 years old
  • a new idea or concept that has not already been tried or is building on a project or initiative that is already working in your community. It should have measurable impact against the Working Together Changing the Story: Youth Justice Strategy 2019–23
  • a response to local youth crime matters in your community including how you engaged with community, who you met with, their concerns and how the idea/project will address these concerns. Find tips on engaging with your community below
  • a demonstration of culturally safe and local partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities
  • a demonstration of how your idea/project addresses the causes of youth crime and delivers positive outcomes for young people who are, or at risk of, committing crime
  • a performance and outcomes measure that reflects the needs and aspirations of young people in the community.

Engaging with your community

Tips of partnering with your local community:

  • raise awareness among your community and stakeholders about the grants and your plans to be involved
  • talk to your community and stakeholders about their youth justice concerns
  • identify your community's aspirations for young people
  • identify new partnerships and key organisations in your local area who can help deliver positive outcomes for young people
  • involve and work with your community and stakeholders, including young people, on an innovative proposal that addresses the community-agreed issues and meets the needs of young people.

Key dates

There are 4 opportunities to submit a Community-based Crime Action grant application:

  • Quarter 1, 2024 – Applications open 8 January 2024 and close on 2 February 2024.
  • Quarter 2, 2024 – Applications open 1 April 2024 and close on 29 April 2024.
  • Quarter 3, 2024 – Applications open 1 July 2024 and close on 29 July 2024.
  • Quarter 4, 2024 – Applications open 1 October 2024 and close on 29 October 2024.

To ensure fairness, applications and supporting documentation will not be accepted after the closing date.

Projects must commence in 2024.

Applications process

  1. Read the Community-based Crime Action program information and grant guidelines (PDF, 456KB) carefully to determine your eligibility and whether your application meets the relevant program funding guidelines.
  2. Consult with your community and engage local stakeholders to develop your proposal. You will need to include the following information:
    1. who you met with and how you engaged with your community to understand what they feel needs to happen to respond to youth crime issues
    2. what the localised concerns are from your community engagement
    3. how your idea/project will address the concerns identified by the community
    4. who will be involved in the delivery of your response (provide evidence of their commitment, if possible)
    5. demonstration of culturally safe and localised partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.
  3. Complete and submit your application online through SmartyGrants.

Apply now

You will receive an acknowledgement email from SmartyGrants once you submit your application. If you don't receive an acknowledgement email, your application has not been submitted. Check your application for errors and resubmit. If your application still doesn't submit, contact SmartyGrants Technical Support—contact details are in the program information and grant guidelines (PDF, 456KB).

The SmartyGrants system will automatically shut off at midnight on the closing dates of each quarter and will not allow applications to be submitted.


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Last updated 8 February 2024

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