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Crime prevention grant winners

The Crime Prevention and Community Safety Grants program is no longer available. Details of past successful grant recipients and their programs can be found below. 

2018 General stream

The Salvation Army, Marion

This project will fund the installation of CCTV cameras at the Salvation Army Office located in Marion, which has experienced an increase in destructive behaviour at the site, including theft of the contents of donation bins and an air-conditioning unit.

Increased surveillance of the area will offer extra security for the charity’s employees and volunteers, whilst discouraging antisocial behaviour. 

Amount received: $6,000

2017 General stream

A.R.T. Services Inc

Industry Driven Aboriginal Justice Workplace Mentor Project

The project engages an Aboriginal Youth Transition Officer. The Aboriginal Youth Transition Officer will engage young Aboriginal offenders and/or at risk youth. The targeted group requires full time support to transition from current lifestyle to the workforce and society more generally. To retain sustained employment, the group require full time support in the workforce ensuring workplace compliance.

Amount received: $98,000

Mission Australia

Youth Offending Prevention Program

The Youth Offending Prevention Program provides flexible, strengths-based early intervention case management for young people aged between 10-15 years (and their families) living in Whyalla, Port Augusta and surrounding regions who have received a formal caution from police and are at-risk of coming into contact with the youth justice system. The program aims to reduce the risk of further offending by promoting and building the protective factors in the young people’s lives (connection and collaboration with community, engagement in activities, attending school and positive mentors).

Amount received: $100,000

Northern Area Community & Youth Services

S.T.A.R.R. Supporting Teenagers at risk of offending

STARR is an intensive support program for young people and their families in the Playford/Salisbury and Gawler regions of Adelaide who have been identified as at risk of juvenile offending. The program aims to address psychosocial issues that contribute to the possibility of offending behaviour, and the outcomes include the decreased likelihood of involvement in the criminal justice system for the identified young people and decreased local incidence of crime within the associated regions.

Amount received: $90,450

One Culture Football Ltd.

One Culture Football 5’s Project

The project is a community engagement strategy using football to enhance the lives of young people from CALD and new arrival backgrounds from three different regions of Adelaide. The project will allow young people to build community ties, forge friendships, connections and create their own networks. The project will also host several one off community development style tournaments through different locations in Adelaide each school holidays giving the program an opportunity to engage young people from areas of low income and high crime.

Amount received: $80,000

Catalyst Foundation

Toward A Safe Place: Raising awareness of Domestic Violence in LGBTIQ communities

The project will create awareness and understanding of domestic violence and its impacts within LGBTIQ communities; working closely with LGBTIQ communities to develop culturally appropriate and targeted resources to educate at risk individuals and the wider community on LGBTIQ specific domestic violence, responses and avenues for reporting.  

The foundation will collaborate with community groups, organisations and crisis support workers to inform an understanding of cultural differences and increase awareness of culturally appropriate domestic violence strategies through the delivery of culturally appropriate training in partnership with Bfriend.

Amount received: $90,000

Davenport Community Council Inc.

Growing strong

The project will deliver a mentoring program in conjunction with elders for Aboriginal youth living in the Port Augusta region.

The project will assist Aboriginal youth who are at risk of incarceration, or already engaged with the justice system make better decisions and life choices.

Amount received: $100,000


InComPro Inc.

Youth Empowerment Project

The project aims to increase protective factors through increasing engagement in healthy lifestyle activities (sport, recreation, arts, culture) and in education/training and reduce the risk factors through case coordination.

The focus will be on a group of young people known to SA Police as Operation Mandrake.  Evidence suggests that reducing risk factors and increasing protective factors will affect offending behaviour.  

Amount received: $96,800

Plaza Youth Centre Inc.

Whyalla Aboriginal Community Early Intervention Project

The project will establish an Aboriginal parents group which will meet regularly to address community issues with a focus on young Aboriginal people misusing drugs, not attending school and becoming involved with anti-social behaviour and/or criminal activity.  

Camps and recreational activities will be held during the school holidays and occasional weekends including representation at the annual SA Aboriginal Sporting Festival.

Amount received: $20,000

HYPA - Helping Young People Achieve

‘Let’s Talk’ - Healthy Relationships Workshops and Community Information Sessions

This early intervention program will increase young people’s knowledge of domestic violence and healthy relationships, and assist community leaders and families to talk with young people about learnings to reduce violence in their community.  

The program will comprise of workshops raising awareness of domestic violence, healthy relationships, and explore gender inequality/roles, with young people and key community role models in the Limestone Coast region.  

Amount received: $99,308

St John's Youth Services

The Nunga Café and Youth Hub Project

The project will assist young people currently experiencing homelessness and exclusion from opportunities that may be at risk of becoming victims of crime or offending. 

A supportive community space and access to accredited training and real work experience will be provided by co-locating a café, service hub and arts centre.

Amount received: $90,000

YWCA Adelaide Inc.

Equipping Regional Communities to Prevent Violence Against Women

The project will expand on YWCA Adelaide’s award winning work in violence prevention, by expanding Bystander Intervention into regional communities including the South East, Iron Triangle and Eyre Peninsula.

Bystander Intervention workshops educate men and women about positive intervention strategies to foster safe workplaces and communities.

Amount received: $99,907


2017 Graffiti stream

Keep South Australia Beautiful Inc. (KESAB)

Stamp out Graffiti - Information Pack for School

The KESAB successfully rolled out the ‘Stamp out Graffiti’ information resource in two councils in 2016-2017 with excellent uptake and success and is seeking to roll it out into 10 Adelaide Metropolitan councils.  

The resource is targeting years 7, 8 and 9 students.  It is a free teaching resource to help enlist students in the fight against graffiti.  By participating in the program, the school is contributing to the future prevention of graffiti on our streets.  The pack includes everything the teacher needs to run a classroom workshop(s) with their students.

Amount received: $50,000

Employment Options Inc.

Youth Urban Art Project

This project aims to reduce graffiti vandalism in the Port Adelaide Enfield area and the Outer Harbour rail corridor.  It will provide a one-day per week program for 20-30 disengaged young people aged 15-24.  

Young people will participate in activities which will develop their skills in art production, and then will be engaged in the planning, design and production of up to three Urban Art murals in high graffiti vandalism areas.

Amount received: $49,529

Alexandrina Council

Goolwa Skate Park Graffiti Prevention through Street Art Project

This project involves engaging a suitable artist to work with the local community and focus groups to develop and install vibrant street art.  Art will be installed at the existing skate park as a primary deterrent for graffiti.  

The council will work with these community groups to raise awareness of the graffiti prevention project and educate them in the prevention strategies and outcomes.

Amount received: $40,000

2016 General stream

Victim Support Service

Safely Together program: supporting children and mothers after domestic and family abuse

This project will augment existing services, promoting a 'one-stop-shop' response with collaborative, wrap-around services for children and their families who have experienced domestic violence and are at risk of future contact with the criminal justice system: 

  • service 1: counselling and therapeutic services for children who have witnessed or experienced domestic violence
  • service 2: creating ‘My Safe Place’ for children to address fear of crime in their homes and develop a sense of security and agency from which they can begin to recover from the trauma of domestic violence.

Amount received: $97,690

Football Federation SA (FFSA)

African mentoring program in Kilburn and Blair Athol

The program will deliver a football program 3 times per week over 40 weeks at Kilburn Community Centre. The target group is young people aged 16-30 engaged in alcohol use and antisocial behaviour in Kilburn and Blair Athol. A range of other services will be engaged in the project.

Partners are FFSA, Port Adelaide Enfield Council, Australian Refugee Association and the Kilburn Community Centre. The project will promote physical health, life skills development, community connections and meaningful opportunities. Participants will also be removed from the circumstances that contribute to their involvement in antisocial behaviour and criminal activity.

Amount received: $76,083

City of Salisbury

A Better Future

This project will champion a 'whole of community' approach that focuses on preventing domestic violence. The project will provide both preventative and targeted early intervention based educational workshops for primary school students within the Salisbury LGA focusing on respectful relationships and gender equality.

The project will include two community awareness events where local support services will engage with the local community and provide vulnerable at risk groups with information, support and pathways to assistance.

Amount received: $99,980

Ceduna Youth Hub - Ceduna Aboriginal Corporation

Ceduna Youth Hub Youth Mentoring program

To contribute to reducing and preventing youth offending, the Ceduna Aboriginal Corporation through the Ceduna Youth Hub will pilot an after-hours youth engagement mentoring program on Thursday and Friday evenings and Saturday afternoon or evening. 

The hub is a welcoming, safe space, with proven capacity to offer opportunities for youth engagement and community connected mentoring and support.

Amount received: $100,000

HYPA - Helping Young People Achieve

Indi - Healthy Relationships program

Gender inequality, power imbalances and controlling behaviours can lead to violence in relationships. In partnership with other local community service providers, HYPA will pilot a group program, Indi, to address these attitudes and behaviours and respond to the unique experiences of family and partner violence for young people living in and around Mt Gambier.

Through the development of interpersonal skills and positive pro-social connections, Indi aims to build young peoples’ capacity to reflect on their experiences, develop respectful relationships and make positive lifestyle choices. Indi supports reductions in family and relationship violence and offending, resulting in a safer community.

Amount received: $80,675

Umoona Tjutagku Health Service Aboriginal Corporation

The Fresh Project: reducing offending and reoffending among young Aboriginal people

This project will engage young Aboriginal people at risk of offending in diversion activities including athletics, bush skills and bike adventures. The project aims to increase the connectedness of Aboriginal youth (aged 12-19) in Coober Pedy and Oodnadatta through healthy activities that connect them with peers, culture and community, improve relationships with police and other agencies, and increase understanding of the effect of crime on offenders’ families and communities.

Project partners include the Coober Pedy Area School, Coober Pedy Youth Shed, SAPOL, Correctional Services, Family Support Services, and local council.

Amount received: $65,000

2016 Graffiti stream

Keep South Australia Beautiful Inc (KESAB)

Graffiti Education for Youth

The Graffiti Education program is a presentation that incorporates a balance of facilitated learning, including Q&A and brainstorming techniques to provide the audience with a clear understanding of key communication points.

The program also incorporates acting scenes and role play which bring both the anti-graffiti and 'life skills' messages to life in an entertaining and creative way youth can relate to. The presentation will focus on positive decision-making and setting the benchmarks for future behaviour.

Amount received: $36,500

Keep South Australia Beautiful Inc (KESAB)

Stamp out Graffiti

KESAB environmental solutions has successfully been delivering graffiti education programs in schools for the past 5 years. To support the education, KESAB is looking at providing a resource titled 'Stamp Out Graffiti' that has been developed by Warner Youth Education.

The resource is targeting years 7, 8 and 9 students. It will be a free teaching resource to help enlist students in the fight against graffiti. Schools that take up the resource will also be offered the 'Respect it Don't Wreck it' program - an interactive presentation, undertaken by a trained and experienced presenter, running for 1 hour.

Amount received: $38,000

Rural City of Murray Bridge

Custom Built Trailer Purchase - ‘Graffiti No Tolerance program’

The Graffiti No Tolerance program is a strategy to enable the timeliest effective removal of graffiti within the Rural City of Murray Bridge and will include a custom trailer fully equipped with a high pressure hot water cleaner with turbo nozzle including its own water source. 

Council will provide the towing vehicle and has an established 6 strong volunteer graffiti team.

Amount received: $28,460

2015 General stream

Baptist Care (SA) Inc.

Piti Menarki (Young Men Getting Whiskers)

This project addresses the needs of Aboriginal youth in Murray Bridge experiencing, or at risk of, contact with the juvenile justice system.

It is driven by Aboriginal voices and underpinned by strong community partnerships. Piti Menarki aims to minimise offending behaviours by building cultural identity and community connections and relationships.

Amount received: $48,304

City of Playford

Pride @ the Rise

In response to overwhelming demand driven by community safety concerns, this project will work with Elizabeth Downs residents, shop tenants and owners to activate the community surrounds of the Elizabeth Rise Shopping Centre. Evidence shows activating spaces in partnership with community reduces crime, antisocial behaviour and increases safety.

The project includes the design and installation of mosaic furniture, murals, artwork, community gardens, landscaping and children's play spaces and will closely link to the new Elizabeth Rise Community Centre, Community Policing team & adjacent Primary School.

Amount received: $49,350

Helping Young People Achieve

Reflections - Youth Offenders Restorative Justice Mural project

Reflections - Youth Offenders Restorative Justice Mural project will work with the Youth Court Family Conference team to offer a diversion project for young offenders to participate in the creation of a therapeutic group mural art project.

The project's specific aims are to change behaviour, provide reflection on offending, build empathy, social skills, team building and give restitution by way of the sale of the mural at an annual fundraising event, with the proceeds donated to the Victims Support Service.

Amount received: $48,000

Migrant Resource Centre of SA

Community Safety Project for New Australians

CommSafe is a community engagement initiative between new migrant communities and agencies involved in crime prevention and the promotion of community safety. The project will establish "safety hubs" made up of key community people including trained volunteers to engage with SAPOL, the courts, domestic violence Services, community legal centres, Yarrow Place, victim support services and other relevant services.

The project will involve presentations, dialogue, site visits, community forums and mentoring opportunities for interested community participants to gain a better understanding of agencies that deal with crime prevention and community safety.

Amount received: $42,000

Northern Area Community & Youth Services

Making a Difference

The "Making a Difference" program is designed to address youth at risk of offending and promote education and community responses to issues of crime prevention. Young offenders aged 10-13 years will be given the opportunity to partake in a social media project that will discuss community and individual responses to crime prevention.

Varying topics of crime prevention will be explored over a school term with young people in group work. The young people will then disseminate this information to their peers via appropriate social media. The group work will culminate in a school presentation to peers and families.

Amount received: $27,531

Second Chances SA

Port Lincoln Community Post-Release Reintegration project

The project will help transition prisoners in Port Lincoln prison who wish to reintegrate into the local Port Lincoln community crime free. Advocacy and liaison will be provided to facilitate the transition of prisoners into approved accommodation and employment opportunities.

Prisoners transitioning into the community will be introduced to positive lifestyle networks and people who will accept and encourage them in their personal goals to be drug free, crime free, tax paying citizens contributing to society.

Amount received: $45,500

Re-engage Youth Services

Restoring Relationships, Reducing Risk Factors and Reconnecting Young People back into their community

Preventing and responding to crime is most effective when negative behaviour is sanctioned by those with a close personal connection rather than a remote government authority. This project draws on the power of close relationships and community to prevent crime and address harm resulting from crime.

It will take referrals for young people who are identified as being at risk of or involved in criminal activity and engage them in a facilitated process of dialogue with those affected by their behaviour. This process will reconnect them to their community and put into place a process to repair the harm.

Amount received: $32,435

Rotary Club of Mount Gambier West Inc.

Limestone Coast “ICE” project

This project is designed to raise awareness and inform members of the community about the nature of the drug "ICE" methamphetamine, its addictive properties and subsequent degenerative effects on the community and its users.

The project endeavours to change community attitudes on use, reporting and recovery from the drug "ICE".

Amount received: $15,000

Save the Children Australia

Keeping Kids Connected

A strength-based pilot program which will deliver mentoring, stability and positive support to Aboriginal young people aged 9-12 identified as having behavioural problems, school absenteeism or who are in contact with the criminal justice system. The activity will provide prevention strategies to support participants so that they may prevent or reduce their contact with the criminal justice system.

A youth worker will provide individual face-to-face weekly sessions with the young person focussing on soft entry points and relationship building activities, including recreational activities and excursions around the local area.

Amount received: $50,000

Youth Organisation United Through Health

BEHAVE Project

To employ a project officer to coordinate the B.E.H.A.V.E project and run Whyalla's new school holiday activities inter-agency meetings.

Members of the inter-agency meetings will include professionals, volunteers or parents who work with or provide care for young people at risk of becoming involved with the juvenile justice system, in particular, repeat offenders and Aboriginal youth. Members will be required to run joint activities and early intervention workshops while working with mutual clients.

Amount received: $12,168

2015 Graffiti stream



An early intervention anti-graffiti project supported by local government will be promoted in regional South Australian schools designed to create awareness of graffiti issues and specifically target students in years 5-8.

The schools will be able to access online materials to educate teachers, parents and students on the individual, social and economic costs and consequences of graffiti vandalism, in order to prevent potential offending and reduce impact on the community.

Amount received: $43,600

Uniting Care Wesley Port Adelaide

Spring Clean the Terrace

This project combines a graffiti removal strategy with a youth engagement strategy. The program comprises a partnership between Wesley Social Enterprise Inc, an Australian Disability Enterprise, and Western Youth Space, a training and support organisation based in Port Adelaide and working with youth at risk.

Wesley Social Enterprise will provide a rapid response removal of graffiti and set up a database of graffiti tags, while Western Youth Services will deliver diversionary programs and employment and skills training with a view to transforming the antisocial elements of graffiti into employment and socially acceptable channels.

Amount received: $15,000

City of Tea Tree Gully

HIVE Mural

The project will work with young people 12-25 years of age to run a series of workshops to design a community art piece. Young people will be engaged to work collaboratively on developing the community art piece drawing on different art mediums, skills and talents in a productive and positive manner, rather than through negative forms such as graffiti.

Underlying the project will be a driver that art can be used as positive self-expression and as a tool to gain meaningful creative work.

Amount received: $25,093

Corporation of the town of Walkerville

Western Adelaide Graffiti Removal and Youth Engagement program

The project will enable local businesses to independently manage graffiti while enhancing the amenity of the township's premier retail precinct. 

Council will develop a graffiti management toolkit which details:

  • what graffiti is
  • removal
  • protective materials
  • how to obtain free removal products and paints
  • crime prevention through environmental design principles
  • useful contact numbers
  • information on the Graffiti Control Act
  • penalty display posters and stickers. 

To launch the project, council will eradicate all graffiti along the retail precinct by the launch of the project  ie "spring cleaning" the Terrace.

Amount received: $50,000

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