Funding to improve road safety at a local level

08.08 | 28 April 2020 |

Charities, local authorities and community groups are among six organisations to benefit from a share of £120k to help improve road safety at a local level.

The funding, announced on 27 April, has been provided by the Road Safety Trust through its Small Grant Funding Programme.

The six projects cover a range of issues including the safety of rural roads, research into skid resistance, updating resources for motorcycle riders and evaluating approaches to road safety for young people. 

Each will receive between £10k and £30k through the programme.

The successful organisations/projects are:

  • The Shiny Side Up Partnership – updating resources for motorcycle riders
  • eDriving Solutions Ltd – trial and evaluation of a young driver impulse control intervention
  • Wilsden Parish Council – ‘innovative’ measures to improve the safety of rural roads
  • AA Charitable Trust – evaluating approaches to road safety for young people
  • Kent Fire and Rescue Service – pre-driver theatre & workshop education research
  • Derby City Council – research into skid resistance

Sally Lines, chief executive of Road Safety Trust said:  “We are pleased to be able to announce the awards from our first Small Grants Programme.  

“It is inevitable that some of our grantees will not be able to begin their projects immediately because of Covid-19, but the awards were made before quarantine and we will be providing support and advice to help them through.  

“We know that all six organisations will help us achieve our vision of zero deaths and serious injuries on UK roads.

“This is the first time we have run the Small Grants Programme and the standard of applications was really high, with nearly 50 applications with a total value over £1 million.   

“In 2019 we identified a need for funding for smaller, local projects with a practical focus. 

“We have funded projects that provide measurable interventions that reflect local priorities and show a proposed link to reducing casualties either directly or through clear interim measures.” 

Footnote: we have asked the Road Safety Trust for more details about the organisations/projects that have been awarded funding and will either add this information to this report, or publish a follow on story, in due course.



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