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Funding available for community-led safety projects

The province will invest up to $3.7 million in local projects over the next two years
Ann Hoggarth MPP
Ann Hoggarth file photo



MPP Ann Hoggarth helping promote community safety

Province funding programs to build safer communities

MPP Ann Hoggarth is encouraging local organizations to apply for the Safer and Vital Communities Grant and the Proceeds of Crime – Front Line Policing Grant to help fund community-led safety and corrections projects in Barrie and across Ontario.

Through these grants, the province will invest up to $3.7 million in local projects over the next two years.

They will fund programs to promote opportunities for community partnerships, crime prevention programs, alternatives to incarceration and initiatives to help residents succeed.

The theme for this year’s grants is “Creating a Safer Ontario through Community Collaboration” - which builds on the province’s focus on creating safer communities through evidence-based programs and improving partnerships between police, communities, corrections, mental health agencies and other organizations.

The province is seeking applications for collaborative and innovative projects that address local community safety priorities, as well as projects that increase diversion opportunities, reduce the likelihood of re-offending, and facilitate better reintegration outcomes.

Projects previously funded by these programs include Internet safety initiatives for youth, programs to combat elder abuse, and counselling and other supports for immigrant and refugee youth.

Supporting safe, healthy communities is part of the government’s plan to create a fair and inclusive society.


“Of the many things to be proud of in Barrie, one of the most important in terms of building the community is how different organizations can come together to make the city even better. This is certainly true in terms of crime prevention, and I’m encouraging all organizations that help make the city safer to apply for these grants.” - Ann Hoggarth, MPP for Barrie

“Our government is focused on building safer, stronger communities in every corner of Ontario – and these grants are a key part of that. This year, the theme of the grants emphasizes collaboration among community organizations and law enforcement partners to address local community safety and corrections priorities, which creates safer communities for all. Crime prevention, community well-being and corrections are all inter-connected. That is why it is so important to foster collaborative, evidence- based responses to these complex challenges. It is amazing to see what can be accomplished when police and the community work side-by-side to prevent crime, promote rehabilitation and build safer communities.” - Yasir Naqvi, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services

Quick facts

    •    Applications for the Safer and Vital Communities Grant can be made until May 4, 2016, and are open to community-based, not-for-profit incorporated organizations, community-based, not-for-profit organizations sponsored by incorporated organizations, and First Nations Chiefs and Band Councils.
    •    Applications for the Proceeds of Crime – Front Line Policing Grant are open until April 29, 2016, and all Municipal and First Nations police services and OPP contract locations and non-contract locations
    •    Successful applicants for the Safer and Vital Communities grants are expected to be announced in July, while Proceeds of Crime grants are expected to be announced in June 2016.
    •    Since 2004 the Safer and Vital Communities Grant has allocated $8.6 million in funding for 343 community projects across the province.
    •    Since 2010 the Proceeds of Crime – Front Line Policing Grant has allocated $14 million to support 160 projects.