Applications now open for national road safety grants

Applications are now open for grants of up to $1.5 million under the first two focus areas of the Australian Government’s new National Road Safety Action Grants Program.

The grant program, announced in the 2023-24 Budget, will provide funding to non-infrastructure road safety projects and programs.

The current road toll is at 3.2 per cent higher than this time last year.

Grants of between $20,000 and $1.5 million are available for Community Education and Awareness, which includes workplace road safety, as well as the Vulnerable Road Users focus areas.

Grant funding is available for projects up to 2025-26 and anyone seeking funding for, or completing, road safety activities over the next three years can now apply.

The Community Education and Awareness stream will fund campaigns, programs or other education and awareness initiatives to support young or disadvantaged drivers to get their licence and have a safer start on our roads, reduce risky behaviours such as drink driving, improve workplace road safety, increase compliance with road rules, and ensure safer interactions between heavy and other vehicles.

The Vulnerable Road Users stream will support projects that improve road safety for pedestrians, people with a disability, young children, older Australians, motorcyclists, and cyclists. This can include developing technology and research that support these vulnerable road users to safely access our roads, as well as initiatives encourage other road users to better share the roads with them.

The Government has committed $43.6 million for the program, which will deliver grants across five key focus areas critical, aimed at reducing deaths and serious injuries on Australia’s roads.

“These grants target priority areas that will help implement the National Road Safety Action Plan 2023-25, a plan agreed by all states and territories to reduce road trauma and deaths nationwide,” said Federal Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Carol Brown.

“Collectively, we have a long way to deliver significant reductions in road trauma by 2030. Road safety is everyone’s responsibility, and together through programs like this, we can work to make a real difference on our roads – so I encourage road safety and other organisations to apply.”

The program is open to a range of organisations including not-for-profit and research, as well as local, state and territory governments. Applications for these first two focus areas close at 11.59pm on August 25, 2023.

The next two focus areas, First Nations Road Safety and Technology and Innovation, are expected to open for applications later this year – with the final focus area of Research and Data due to open early 2024.

For more information, including the grant guidelines to check your eligibility and apply, click here.

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