Road safety community grant applications now open

The Road Safety Fund community grants program is open for applications from 7 April to 12 May 2021.

Funding is available for a range of road safety activities including programs, rehabilitation services, education and public awareness campaigns, research, audits and feasibility studies into road design and construction.

“The 2020 grants program saw over $250,000 put back into the community to support practical and research-based projects that continue to improve road safety in the ACT,” said Minister for Transport and City Services Chris Steel.

“These community grants are another way that the ACT Government is working towards our Vision Zero target to reduce road deaths and serious injuries to zero, so that the Canberra community can avoid the terrible heartbreak and costs that come with them.

“The 2021 grants will also support Canberra’s economic recovery with a broad range of individuals, small and large organisations being eligible for funding,” Minister Steel said.

Road safety grant rounds are run annually for small to medium sized projects up to $50,000. Larger projects up to $100,000 may be considered subject to available funding.

“The strategic road safety priority areas for this funding round are distraction, impaired driving (drink and drug driving), vulnerable road users, speed management, and sustainable and innovative transport. The program will prioritise projects that address these important areas to boost safety for all road users,” Minister Steel said.

The ACT Road Safety Advisory Board will consider applications with reference to the Safe System Approach and the core ‘pillars’:

  • Safe Roads
  • Safe Speeds
  • Safe Vehicles
  • Safe People

Previous Road Safety Fund community grants have been used to support education about minimum passing laws, the identification of black spots on ACT roads, pilot programs helping disadvantaged young people to learn to drive, providing first aid training for potential first responders, and rolling out a behaviour change program aimed at reducing aggression in younger drivers.

“We’ve all got a role to play in achieving Vision Zero and this grants program will mean members of our community can continue to find innovative new ways to improve safety for everyone on Canberra’s roads,” said Minister Steel.

Grant recipients are expected to be announced later in the year. To apply, visit www.act.gov.au/road-safety

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