The Road Safety Trust

Small grants programme 2019 - now open for applications

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Treating each project as a journey to making a tangible difference on the roads

This grants programme supports our strategic priority - Pilots which test.

The main aim of the Small Grants Programme is to improve road safety at a local level. The programme has been designed after reviewing our first four years of funding and listening to the views of stakeholders. This told us that there was a need for funding for smaller, local projects with a practical focus.

We are looking for measurable interventions that link to local priorities and show a proposed link to reducing casualties either directly or through clear interim measures. Eligible projects are pilots/trials, expanding successful trials across a new area, and/or the evaluation of interventions. Projects should have the potential for being brought to scale - with the ultimate goal of reducing deaths and injuries both locally and across the UK.


What’s available

The maximum project length under this grant programme is 24 months. The minimum amount that can be applied for is £10,000 and the maximum is £30,000 over two years in total. All projects should have other sources of funding, either cash or in-kind.

The total amount currently available under this funding round is £120,000 and we expect requests for funding to exceed the amount available. In making decisions, we will take a strategic approach so that a range of different types of project are funded that have the potential to improve road safety outcomes. All projects are expected to produce a report and describe how it will be shared and promoted.

Who can apply

Local Authorities, Police Forces, Fire and Rescue Services or UK-based registered charities, not-for-profit social enterprises or community interest companies can apply.

Supported objectives

We are committed to funding projects which support the objectives of the grant programme which are to:

  • Generate new knowledge about what works

  • Translate ideas into new measures

  • Influence Road Safety Policy and Practice

  • Support partnership working or collaboration


Applications will be assessed against how well they meet the following criteria:

  • The project is for a pilot, trial or evaluation of a practical road safety intervention

  • Has a clear objective/purpose and a clear expression of who it is aimed at and how it will improve road safety for public benefit

  • Supports local priorities for casualty reduction

  • Supports the objectives of our grant programme

  • Has a clear method, plan and timeline

  • Demonstrates knowledge of relevant practice (eg. has it been trialled elsewhere and what were the results?)

  • Demonstrates knowledge of relevant regulations and guidance as appropriate

  • Outlines sound management of the project and experience of the project team and partners

  • Encompasses partnership working and collaboration

  • Details financial aspects and budget including additional sources of funding

  • Covers ethical and privacy issues

Applications can be made between 17 September and 20 December 2019. Before applying, we suggest you download the full information pack and key facts documents below. You should hear the outcome of your application in March 2020.

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