NSW Neighbourhood Watch are back in business after an insurance debacle saw the 120 groups, including seven in Maitland, cease operation.
Earlier this month, the Mercury reported the groups had been in limbo after a restructure of the Treasury Managed Fund saw the organisation left without public liability insurance since the start of the 2019/2020 financial year.
The newly formed State Board took on the challenge and met with Minister for Police and Minister for Emergency Services David Elliott - who decided to cover the group with a grant.
"Neighbourhood Watch is a community group that supports Police in crime prevention and engaging with the public," Mr Elliott said.
"Since this matter has come to the NSW Government's attention, we have taken proactive steps to clarify the matter at hand.
"Today, State President Bill Hackney was informed that I will be providing the organisation with a $9500 grant to cover their insurance."
Mr Hackney thanked the state government for ensuring Neighbourhood Watch continued to care for their communities.
"On behalf of all the Neighbourhood Watch groups across the state, we would like to thank Mr Elliott and his office for reaching out and offering their support as well as funding this one-off grant for the current financial year to cover our Public Liability," he said.
"It is wonderful in this, our 35th anniversary year, to see the State Government show its continued support for the vital work that our members do.
"We look forward to working with the Police Ministers Department, as well as the NSW Police Force members as we move forward into the next 35 years."