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£120k new funding for road safety projects announced

Charities, local authorities and community groups are today being urged to apply for a new grant fund aimed at improving road safety.

Road Safety Trust, a charity dedicated to making the UK’s roads the safest in the world, today launched its Small Grants Funding Programme to help improve road safety at a local level. The total value of the fund is £120k with each project to be awarded between £10k and £30k. Projects should have a practical purpose with the aim of trialling or testing ways to improve road safety.

In 2017 there were 1,793 reported fatalities on UK roads*. The Road Safety Trust is the largest road safety grant giver in the UK and funds vital research and practical interventions committed to reducing the number of people killed or injured on UK roads. Since it was established in 2014, the Road Safety Trust has awarded grants worth £2.7m to 35 different projects.

Sally Lines, Chief Executive of Road Safety Trust said: “We are working towards a vision of zero deaths and serious injuries on UK roads. We want to make the roads safer for all users. By adding the option to apply for small grants in addition to our more extensive funding options, we hope to open up opportunities to greater numbers of organisations working in road safety.

“The programme was designed after reviewing our first four years of funding and listening to the views of stakeholders. We identified a need for funding for smaller, local projects with a practical focus. We are looking for measurable interventions that reflect local priorities and show a proposed link to reducing casualties either directly or through clear interim measures.”

Projects applying for the Small Grants Programme funding should have a practical purpose with the aim of trialling or testing ways to improve road safety. Eligible projects include pilots/trials, expanding successful trials across a new area, and/or the evaluation of interventions. Projects should have the potential to be brought to scale – with the ultimate goal of reducing deaths and injuries both locally and across the UK.

Each application should have a lead organisation which must be a UK local public sector organisation or a UK-based registered charity, not-for-profit social enterprise or community interest company.  An element of partnership working is expected in all projects.

The Small Grants Programme will be open for applications until 20th December. For more information and to apply for funding, please visit: https://roadsafetytrust.org.uk/.