Justice Minister Andrew Little says the scope of the Proceeds of Crime Fund has been broadened to include initiatives that have a wellbeing focus and address crime-related harm.
He says the Fund will also retain its focus on fighting organised criminal groups dealing in methamphetamine and other drugs.
“The Fund provides an opportunity for agencies to test new and innovative ideas. By broadening the scope of the Fund, agencies can trial pioneering solutions to complex issues connected to crime-related harm and build an evidence-based case of what works” Mr Little says.
“Other changes include that at least one third of the funds for allocation must be prioritised for fighting organised criminal groups dealing in methamphetamine and other drugs, expanding the group of agencies who can apply for funding and allowing for multi-year funding for initiatives.
“A funding round is underway and I expect to be able to announce which initiatives will be funded in due course."
Mr Little says next steps include promoting the Fund to community organisations and NGOs who can partner with a Government agency to make a funding bid. He says the next funding round will open by October 2019.