New small grants programme offering up to £30,000 UK organisations to fund activities that will reduce the risk of death and injury for all road users.

Application deadline: Friday 20 December 2019 (Small Grants programme only – the next application window for the Major Themes programme will be between February and May 2020).

The Road Safety Trust has announced that it has introduced a new Small Grants programme offering grants of between £10,000 and £30,000 over two years. This will augment its Major Themes grants programme, which provides grants up to £200,000 over three years. Both grant streams cover project costs rather than core funding.

The overarching aims of the Road Safety Trust are:

o To reduce death and injury on the UK roads through providing independent funding for research, and
o The development of innovative approaches.

Public and professional UK organisations, including registered charities and universities may apply to the following funding streams:

1. Small programme grants offering grant of between £10,000 and £30,000 over two years. This funding stream aims to improve road safety at a local level. 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. For the small grants programme, the Trust is looking for measurable interventions that link to local priorities and show a proposed link to reducing casualties either directly or through clear interim measures.

2. Major themed grants of up to £200,000 over 3 years.
This funding stream focuses on a theme each year. In 2019 the Trust invited applications under the specific theme of 'Innovative Traffic Calming and Provision for Vulnerable Road Users'. Projects should be focused on engineering, infrastructure and technological measures, while recognising the contribution of education and enforcement to these measures.The Trust is keen to support projects through to practical implementation but some early-stage research may be funded where this is judged to address a clear gap in knowledge and where an eventual practical application of that research has been positively outlined.

Please note that match funding is a requirement for both funding streams, as applicants will be expected to confirm that funding has been sought and secured from other sources.

Activities for both grant streams must support the Trust's programme objectives, which are:

o Generate new knowledge about what works.
o Translate ideas into new measures.
o Influence Road Safety Policy and Practice, and
o Support partnership working or collaboration.

During the year ending 31 March 2018 the Trust allocated grants totalling £1,109,362 (2017: £984,783). A list of applicants successfully securing a grant during the year can be found on pages 5 and 6 of the Trust’s annual accounts.

Successful projects will be expected to demonstrate that they:

o Have clear objectives and outcomes and the potential for road safety benefit for the public in the UK.
o Support the objectives of the grant programme.
o Have clear methods.
o Demonstrate knowledge of relevant practice and literature.
o Demonstrate knowledge of relevant regulations and guidance.
o Have clear structure and management.
o Have an experienced project team, including good cohesion and composition.
o Are innovative.
o Include partnership working and collaboration.
o Have plans for evaluation of road-safety benefits and achievement of the project’s objectives.
o Have plans for impact.
o Plan for dissemination, engagement and knowledge exchange.
o Include financial aspects and budget, 
o Have future plans – eg for sustainability, scaling up or rolling out.

Examples of eligible activities include (but are not limited to):

o Evidence reviews.
o Trials.
o Roll-outs.
o Evaluations, 
o Support for the profession through guidance or other resources.

Funding is not available for:

o Applications with a clear profit motive.
o Applications where the benefit to UK road users is not clear.
o Applications focused on funding for services or activities previously funded in whole or in part by the applicant organisation(s) or a statutory body.
o Applications from individuals (unless they are part of a wider research team).
o Core funding requests.
o 100% of a project's total cost.
o Party political activity, or
o Activity which is likely to be in breach of laws relating to equality or opportunity.

The application deadline for the small grants programme is Friday 20 December 2019.

To apply, applicants are required to create an account on the Trust’s website and complete an Eligibility Test. If eligible, an application may be made via the online application portal.

Contact details for the Trust are:

The Road Safety Trust
C/o Critchleys LLP
Beaver House
23-38 Hythe Bridge Road

(The Trust does not advertise a phone number.)

(Source: GRIN)

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