Communities in Staffordshire are being offered up to £5,000 to fund their own road safety initiatives.
The trial scheme, organised by Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership, is designed to help community groups in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent to improve safety on their roads.
Proposals could include speed watch groups and activities with schools such as walking buses, but projects must be community-led.
Cllr Daniel Jellyman, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, says that residents are the ‘eyes and ears’ in their community and ‘experts on the local issues’.
The first wave of funding will be open for applications between 1 August and 14 September, with funding available for a minimum of 40 schemes over the first two years.
County councillor Mark Deaville (pictured), Staffordshire County Council, said: “Staffordshire has some of the safest roads in the country which is something we are proud of and have worked hard to achieve.
“We are always looking at creative ways of making our roads safer and this will give local communities the chance to make a real positive difference in their neighbourhoods.
“We would really encourage groups to apply for a grant and the more creative ideas the better. Working together we can help make our roads even safer.”
Councillor Daniel Jellyman, added: “Road safety in Stoke-on-Trent is one of our top priorities and we are committed to making roads safer for all users and reducing congestion.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the applications for this funding come in and continuing our work with residents to make our towns and neighbourhoods great, vibrant and safe places to live and work.”