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Communities Encouraged to be Active in Preventing and Reducing Crime

by NationTalk on September 17, 2009364 Views

September 17, 2009

Second round of funding now available through Safe Communities Innovation Fund

Edmonton… Alberta communities who want to develop crime reduction and prevention pilot projects at the grassroots level are invited to apply for funding in the second year of the Safe Communities Innovation Fund (SCIF).“The fund empowers communities to play active roles in preventing and reducing crime,” said Alison Redford, Minister of Justice and Attorney General and Chair of the Safe Communities initiative. “The crime issues in Medicine Hat may be far different than those in Fort McMurray. This is an opportunity for communities to develop projects that address their local crime priorities.”

Projects totaling $50,000 or less can now apply through a new streamlined application process. Funding criteria, application forms, and a list of the first-year SCIF projects are available at www.safecommunities.gov.ab.ca/scif.The deadline for applications is November 6, 2009.

A new feature on the website called ‘Your Turn’ is an opportunity for Alberta communities to share best practices and ideas for SCIF projects, or network with other communities and partners.

“We know that it’s the communities that are in the best position to start these conversations,” added Redford. “The SCIF projects that are already up and running are targeted, innovative and get right to the heart of crime prevention. Now we’re encouraging other communities to get onboard.”

Community projects ranging from positive ticketing for children in Brooks, to supports for immigrant youth in Calgary, to gang intervention and diversion in Edmonton have already been approved under the SCIF. In total, 30 initiatives were approved for funding in 2008-09. The $60-million Safe Communities Innovation Fund supports community-based and community-police partnerships to deliver their crime prevention pilot projects. Any municipality, Aboriginal community or non-government organization together with their partners can apply. In addition, the fund supports the development of Municipal, Regional or Aboriginal Community Crime Reduction and Prevention plans.

The fund was announced in November 2008 and builds on the work of the Safe Communities initiative to address crime on an immediate basis, as well as over the long-term. The SafeCom partner ministries are Justice and Attorney General, Solicitor General and Public Security, Health and Wellness, Education, Children and Youth Services, Municipal Affairs, Aboriginal Relations, Housing and Urban Affairs, and Culture and Community Spirit.

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Media inquiries may be directed to:

Kim Misik
Alberta Justice Communications
780-644-8472
kim.misik@gov.ab.ca

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