Community Funding Programs
The program currently administers three funding programs, namely:
- the Community Funding Program (CFP);
- the Victims of Violent Crimes Grants Program (VOVCGP); and
- the Victims Awareness Project (VAP).
Corrective Services is also trialling a new initiative in the Liverpool/Fairfield area called the Parolee Support Initiative.
Corrective Services administers the Community Funding Program (CFP) on a triennial basis to support non-government agencies that assist offenders, ex-inmates and their families.
The CFP is a key strategy in delivering Corrective Services' Throughcare Strategy. Funded agencies assist inmates maximise post-release opportunities by providing a network of support services throughout their incarceration, extending that care to their transition back into the community, and supporting offenders' families and children throughout this process.
The Community Funding Programs - Framework for the provision of community support services to offenders, ex-offenders and their families was developed as a tool for future service planning under the CFP. It guides funding allocations by identifying strategies to promote an integrated approach to service delivery, according to three project streams:
- Inmate Support;
- Transitional Support;
- Family and Children of Offenders Support; and
In 1998, the Honourable Bob Carr MP, former Premier of NSW, announced that funds from prison labour programs would be set aside for organisations which support victims of crime.
Accordingly, a percentage from Corrective Service Industries (CSI) annual generated income is allocated to the Victims of Violent Crimes Grants Program and the Victims Awareness Project (VAP).
The main aim of the VOVCGP is to provide opportunities for offenders to make reparation to the community by providing small grants of up to $15,000 to community agencies working with victims of violent crime. An annual expression of interest process is used to identify eligible organisation and appropriate projects for funding under the VOVCGP.
Also resourced from a percentage of Corrective Service Industries annual income, Enough is Enough Anti-Violence Movement Inc., the only agency under the Victims Awareness Project, is funded to offer its "R" Program throughout NSW correctional centres.
The "R" Program explores the themes of responsibility, rehabilitation, relationships and reintegration with offenders. It encourages inmates to accept responsibility for their crimes by highlighting the damage caused during the execution of a crime to the offender and those affected by the crime, including the victim, the victim's family and friends and the offender's friends and family.
Should you have any queries about any of the above programs or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact the Coordinator, Community Funding Programs on (02) 8346 1004.
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