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Road safety fund reopens to tackle Covid-19 challenge

Words: Huw Morris
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A fund to help UK local authorities, charities and community groups respond to changing road use and emerging road safety issues because of the Covid-19 pandemic will open for applications shortly.

The Road Safety Trust, a charity dedicated to making the UK’s roads the safest in the world, is opening its £300,000 Small Grants Plus Programme for applications next month. Each project will be awarded between £20,000 and £50,000.

The programme, which was suspended in March owing to the pandemic, has been modified to encourage applications that respond to changing road use and emerging road safety issues as a result of Covid-19. Eligible projects are pilots or trials, an expansion of successful trials across a new area, and the evaluation of road safety interventions.

The trust is the largest independent 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 trust has awarded grants worth £3.7 million to 49 different projects.

“We are focusing this round of funding on the changing road use and emerging safety issues as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic,” said chief executive Sally Lines. “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.”

Each application should have a UK lead organisation that must be local public sector, charity, not-for-profit social enterprise or a community interest company. Universities can also apply, but they must have a partner from one of these organisations as a lead. 

The trust said an element of partnership working is expected in all projects.

See full details on the Road Safety Trust website.

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