The grant scheme previously ran from 2010 to 2017 awarding more than £760,000 to 98 projects. The scheme is being relaunched 2020/21 and is now open for applications.
Who can apply for the scheme?
Individuals and groups from the voluntary and community sector can apply for grants of up to £10,000 to develop and run projects which are aimed at improving road safety or the take up of active travel in local communities. Individuals can only apply for funding if they are working in partnership with a community group, which must be involved in the application process.
To qualify, groups must be properly constituted, have a bank account and be able to complete the project by 5 March 2021.
What projects will be considered?
The scheme is designed to support achievement of the targets contained within the Northern Ireland Road Safety Strategy and the draft Programme for Government outcomes associated with increasing active travel, by funding community-based projects by not-for-profit community groups.
Increasing the number of people choosing to walk or cycle for short journeys and reducing the number of people killed or seriously injured on Northern Ireland roads are key priorities for the Department.
It should be note that the scheme will not fund projects or applicants that have previously received a DFI/DOE road safety grant, unless the scheme clearly relates to a different initiative. Projects which duplicate the work or the department or capital projects to change roads or pavements, install traffic calming measures such as speed bumps or traffic lights, installation of cycle lanes or to procure assets will not be considered.
Applying for the 2020/21 scheme
Application forms can be downloaded at the link below.
Applicants must complete and return the application form by post or hand-deliver it to the Department for Infrastructure (DFI) at:
DFI Safe & Accessible Travel Branch
10-18 Adelaide Street
Telephone: 028 9054 0150
The deadline for applications is 12pm on 9 October 2020.
Applications submitted via email will not be accepted.
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