Safer and Vital Communities Grant - Backgrounder
The Safer and Vital Communities Grant was launched in 2004 to help communities reduce crime and enhance community safety and well-being in their neighbourhoods.
It is open to community-based, not-for-profit organizations, and First Nations chiefs and band councils with the support of local police.
Over the next two years, the Safer and Vital Communities Grant is providing $1.7 million to support 24 projects throughout the province.
It focuses on community projects that create or enhance mental health services for at-risk individuals. This helps increase supports, safety and promote well-being for these individuals within their local communities.
For the first time, funding provided through this grant will be for two years. This change is the result of feedback from community partners. It provides increased stability and allows our community partners to develop enhanced programming, establish stronger community connections and deliver services to more at-risk individuals.
Previous year's grants supported projects to:
- Address substance abuse
- Create jobs for at-risk youth
- Prevent elder abuse
- Guard against Internet luring
- And combat racism and hate crimes
The grant has provided approximately $8.6 million in funding to 343 local community projects since 2004.
Supporting local projects and police services to prevent crime is part of the Ontario government's plan to invest in people, invest in our neighbourhoods and help keep our communities safe.