Vision Zero in Road Safety Grant Program

Description

The British Columbia Vision Zero in Road Safety for Vulnerable Road Users Program (Vision Zero in Road Safety Program) supports local governments, Indigenous community governments and non-government organizations to advance evidence-informed road safety improvements resulting in reduced vulnerable road user injuries and reductions in the severity of these injuries.

This program aims to generate immediate and long-term injury reduction benefits for vulnerable road users in underserved communities, Indigenous communities, and small and remote communities. It also helps to advance the implementation of innovative, technology-driven, proven and low-cost road safety crash countermeasures.

Important Dates

  • Vision Zero in Road Safety Program Grant Applications Open l November 1, 2021
  • Application Closing Date l December 17, 2021 @ 3:00 pm PST (extended from December 10, 2021 @ 3:00 pm PST)
  • Successful Applicants Notified & Awarded l Early 2022
  • Mid-Point Evaluation Due l September 2022
  • Final Evaluation Due l April 2023

Award Amount: $5,000 to $20,000

Award Term: April 1, 2022 – March 31, 2023 (12 months)

For questions related to the application process and how to maximize the value of your proposed project idea, please contact the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit (bcinjury@bcchr.ca) who will connect you with a local health authority grant lead.

Funding provided by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

Who Can Apply?

Eligible applicants include:

  • Local governments
  • Indigenous governments
  • Non-government organizations (NGOs), e.g. School Districts, Parent Advisory Councils, Road Safety Advocacy Groups

Apply Now!

Applications should be submitted by email to bcinjury@bcchr.ca by December 17, 2021 at 3:00 pm

Application requirements:

    • File format should be PDF
    • Project description should not exceed 5 pages, with one inch margins
    • Font should be either Calibri or Arial
    • Font size should be 11pt or 12pt

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who should I contact if I have questions about the Program? If you have questions about the grant program, please contact the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit (BCIRPU) (bcinjury@bcchr.ca). For questions related to how to maximize the value of your specific project proposal idea, the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit will connect you with a local health authority grant lead.

 

2. How do I know if my project is eligible for funding? Projects eligible for funding in Stream #1 include innovative, low-cost road improvements (temporary or permanent) that increase the safety of vulnerable road users. Examples include traffic signal timing changes, raised crosswalks, solar-powered speed feedback signs, rectangular rapid flashing beacons, innovative pavement markings, and curb extensions or bollards.

Indigenous communities are eligible for Stream #2 of grant funding, which includes the same project types as those listed for Stream #1. Additional eligible projects for Stream #2 include initiatives such as road safety planning, community consultations, or stakeholder engagement, as well as initiatives aimed to address specific issues such as driver training, impaired driving, or a bike-share program to increase active transportation. For questions related to the application process and how to maximize the value of your proposed project idea, please contact the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit (bcinjury@bcchr.ca) and they will connect you with a local health authority grant lead. Discussing your proposal idea with your local grant lead will assist you in determining whether or not your grant application is eligible for the Vision Zero in Road Safety Grant Program, and can help you define and refine key elements of your application.

 

3. How can we write an impactful grant application that satisfies the requirements of the Vision Zero in Road Safety Grant Program? We are looking for well-thought-out, concise applications that outline how the specific project activities will reduce traffic-related injuries in your community. Where possible, we encourage you to use local data to support your project proposal and to highlight how success will be measured. An impactful application will outline partnerships and stakeholders, align with Vision Zero principles, and provide a clear breakdown of the proposed budget using the template provided.

 

4. Can one organization apply for multiple projects? Yes, applicants may submit more than one application for a Vision Zero in Road Safety grant for different projects.

 

5. What is the success rate of applications for this Program? This is the first year of the provincial Vision Zero in Road Safety grant program; however, based on past Vision Zero programs in Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health, we anticipate a competitive grant stream.

 

6. Our project budget is more than $20,000. Can we apply for more than the anticipated grant range? The maximum grant amount awarded is $20,000. For all projects, we encourage applicants to consider partnership models that involve additional financial contributions from at least one other partner organization (e.g. ICBC Community Grant Programs, local and indigenous governments)

 

7. When will I be notified about the outcome of my grant application? All grant applicants will be notified regarding the outcome of their application in early 2022.

 

8. We are having some technical difficulties in filling out the application form and/or have some additional questions. Can you help?  If you are having technical difficulties with the application or have further questions, please contact the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit (BCIRPU) (bcinjury@bcchr.ca).

 

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