The Alberta Government has announced $5.2 million in available grant funding for crime prevention.

Applications are now open for one-time grants ranging from $25,000 to $150,000 a year.

A wide range of programs and initiatives are eligible, including public education and awareness activities, youth gang prevention and exit programs, and crime prevention/community safety programs.

Justice Minister Tyler Shandro made the announcement on Wednesday (August 24) afternoon.

Director of Calgary Crime Stoppers, Mark Gerlitz, was among those present at the announcement, and was quoted in a release:

"Successful crime prevention requires a strong partnership between government, police and community. Often community organizations are funded solely through private donations and fundraising activities. We appreciate the support of the Government of Alberta, and in particular the minister of justice and solicitor general, through the Alberta Crime Prevention grant and other initiatives. These grants enable community organizations, such as Crime Stoppers, to develop and implement effective crime prevention and safety programs that benefit all Albertans."

The deadline to apply is September 30.

More information can be found on the provincial government's website.