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Application deadline is Midnight (EST) September 30, 2021

Road to Zero  Community Traffic Safety Grants

Road to Zero Coalition:

Launched in 2016 as a partnership between the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Safety Council, the Road to Zero Coalition has the goal of ending fatalities on our nation’s roads by 2050. Tens of thousands of people die on U.S. roads each year, with historic increases and growing number of deaths for vulnerable users. To address this devastating trend, the Road to Zero Coalition, made up of over 1,700 member organizations, brings together a cross-sector approach to implementing proven techniques, sharing important research and information, and advancing the conversation around transportation safety through its three pillar, multi-modal framework focused on:

· Doubling down on what works through proven, evidence-based strategies

· Advancing life-saving technology in vehicles and infrastructure

· Prioritizing safety by adopting a safe systems approach and creating a positive safety culture

Road to Zero Grant Program:

The focus of the Road to Zero Grant Program is on innovative approaches for implementing evidence-based countermeasures, supporting a Safe System Approach, and performing necessary research to address traffic fatalities and improve traffic safety

· Proposals should cite the evidence of effectiveness of the selected countermeasure and describe the innovative implementation approach.

  • Proposed projects should have measurable objectives and generalizable results. That is, projects should demonstrate innovative approaches that could be replicated in other locations.
  • Proposals from past Road to      Zero grantees are acceptable. They may be for new projects or for      additional innovations on the previous project (i.e. phase #2) but not a      continuation of the current project.


  • Applicants must be a Road to Zero Coalition Member 
  • Applicant must be a non-profit organization such as a 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) or 501(c)(6).
  • Government Entities (cities, states, counties, governors’ safety offices, etc.) also qualify.
  • Proposed programs must operate within the United States.


  • Organizations may apply for a one-year grant.
  • Supplanting is prohibited. "Supplanting" is defined as the "Use of Federal funds to support personnel or an activity that is already supported (paid for) by any other funds".
  • Proposals selected will be reimbursed for mutually agreed grant expenses.
  • Awarded grants are contingent upon the availability of funds.


  • Grant applications are due by midnight (eastern time) September  30, 2021.
  • Award Announcement will occur in November 2021.
  • Grants will be awarded beginning in January 2022.
  • Grant work will have expected completion date of on or before December 31, 2022.


  • Proposals selected will be required to submit quarterly reports and documentation showing objectives that have been met.
  • Documentation will show objectives that have been met, time spent and expenses incurred for grant activity.
  • Grantees will submit monthly  invoices for reimbursement using guidelines set out by Road to Zero and the National Safety Council.
  • Grantees will be expected to have quarterly meetings with Road to Zero staff.
  • Grantees will be expected to submit a final report detailing the project and lessons learned.
  • These grants are subject to the Federal funding requirements under CFDA #20.614.

Review Committee

  • All submissions will undergo a technical review by National Safety Council staff, and will then be forwarded to an external Review Selection Committee for consideration.
  • Committee members will include individuals such as business leaders, safety advocates, researchers, etc.
  • Individuals and/or organizations applying for grants will not be eligible to serve on the Review Selection Committee.

Award Information

  • $1 million dollars will be disbursed per year (subject to NHTSA funding disbursement), and the requested amounts must be between $50,000 and $200,000.

Grant applications are due by midnight (eastern time) September  30, 2021.

If you have questions email us at roadtozero@nsc.org

National Safety Council