2022 Community Safety Innovation Fund: open for applications until 8th June 2022

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Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee, T.D., has announced the launch of the Community Safety Innovation Fund (CSIF) funding call.

The open call for Community Safety Innovation Funding will run until 8 June 2022. €2 million has been made available to support the development of community safety through innovative, local community based initiatives:


The Community Safety Innovation Fund will:

  • Allow proceeds of crime to be directed into community projects to support community safety.
  • Ensure that the most appropriate proposals to improve community safety will access the funding they need.
  • Encourage the development of innovative ways in which to improve community safety from those people who best understand local community safety needs.
  • Allow best practice on community safety and youth justice to be shared with other partnerships and communities nationally as new proposals are developed.
  • Reflect and highlight the success of An Garda Síochána and the Criminal Assets Bureau in seizing the proceeds from criminal activity.


This could include activities intended to

  • tackle crime or reduce the fear of crime; improve community safety and feelings of safety
  • support the creation of safe and resilient communities;
  • reduce reoffending;
  • divert vulnerable individuals away from engagement in criminal behaviour.


There is also potential from Year 2 onwards to hold a competition for ‘Best Community Safety Project’ in a manner similar to the Tidy Towns competition (e.g. Best Community Safety Project at county, provincial or national level). The format of any such competition will be determined following an evaluation of Year 1 of the fund.


Size of Grants

Grants will be in the range of €20,000 – €150,000.


Call for applications

Applications will be invited from community safety initiatives as well as groups co-funded with local authorities, NGOs and community organisations working on issues relevant to community safety and youth justice. Applications may be submitted by individual organisations, or by a consortium involving two or more organisations where the lead partner is a community organisation, not-for-profit, social enterprise or similar with a remit relevant to community safety and/or youth justice. Applications with innovative approaches to be especially considered.




Please email JEByrne@justice.ie  or call 1800 221 227 with any queries.


Completed Application Forms must be returned online by 5pm on 8 June 2022 to

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