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18.09.19

Councils urged to apply for £120k local road improvement fund

Local authorities across the UK are being urged to apply for a new grant fund, delivered by the Road Safety Trust, aimed towards improving safety on local roads.

The Small Grants Funding Programme has an estimated £120,000 budget, with councils eligible to receive a share of between £10,000 and £30,000 to support projects aimed at testing new ways to innovate and improve on road safety.

Eligible projects include pilots, expanding successful trials across a new area, and/or the evaluation of interventions. They should also have the potential to be brought to scale.

The Road Safety Trust developed the local-level funding programme after a review of its first four years of funding. It found that there had been a greater need for funding towards smaller, local projects with practical focuses.

READ MORE: Councils invited to bid for share of £490m road investment fund

READ MORE: A £15bn ‘roads revolution’

Chief executive of the Road Safety Trust, Sally Lines, 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.”

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