Grants for safer road users

///Grants for safer road users

Since 2012, the Road Safety Grants Programme has supported organisations advocating for the adoption and implementation of evidence-based policies to protect road users. Since its inception, the Road Safety Grants Programme has focused on the passage and implementation of evidence-based policies which address key behavioural risk factors (speeding, drink driving, lack of seat-belt use, lack of child restraint use, or lack of helmet use).

Which countries are eligible to apply?

Applications addressing national level road safety policy reform and/or its implementation with comprehensive provisions on behavioural risk factors will be accepted from China, India, Philippines, Tanzania and Thailand.

Which cities are eligible to apply?

Applications addressing city level implementation of one or more behavioural risk factors will be accepted from Accra, Addis Ababa, Bangdung, Bogota, Bangkok, Fortaleza, Mumbai, Ho Chi Minh City, Sao Paulo, and Shanghai.

Applications seeking to reduce city speed limits, or strengthen city legislation related to one or more behavioural risk factor will be accepted from Bandung, Bangkok, Fortaleza, Mumbai, Shanghai, Sao Paulo, and Bogota.

Who can apply for a grant?

Governmental and non-governmental organisations based in eligible countries and cities can apply for grants within the following parameters:

  • Governmental organizations with relevant authority over road safety policy and/ or its implementation. Road police and military agencies are not eligible to apply.
  • Non-governmental organisations (including but not limited to civil society organisations and educational institutions) with relevant advocacy experience on policy reform/and or its implementation.


  • Applicants must be registered legal entities capable of entering into contractual arrangements, receiving foreign funds, and assuming legal and financial obligations.
  • Applicants cannot be recipients of financial support from alcohol, firearms, pornography, and tobacco industries.
  • The Road Safety Grants Programme does not fund individuals.

What kind of projects will be funded?

Proposals must focus on policy reform or policy implementation that will lead to substantial reductions in road traffic injuries and deaths. The Road Safety Grants Programme supports organisations advocating for comprehensive policies (legislation, regulations, standards, etc.) to address road safety behavioural risk factors.  In particular:

  • Speed:  A speed limit law with a maximum urban speed limit of 50km/h and the power of local authorities to reduce speed limits to ensure safe speeds locally.
  • Drink driving:  A national drink-driving law based on Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of 0.05g/dl or lower for the general population and a BAC of 0.02g/dl or lower for novice drivers.
  • Helmets:  A helmet law that applies to all drivers and passengers, on all roads and all engine types and requires the helmet to be fastened and which make reference to a particular helmet standard.
  • Seat-belts:  A seat-belt law that applies to all private vehicle occupants on front and rear seats
  • Child restraints:  A child restraint law based on age, weight or height and the existence of a law that applies age and height restrictions to child sitting in the front seat.

The Road Safety Grants Programme also supports organizations to support the implementation of policies to address road safety behavioural risk factors.  Some approaches might include:

  • Social marketing and media activities to raise public awareness of legislation and on-going enforcement of it.
  • Support efforts to adopt and implement effective regulations, such as helmet standards or child restraint standards
  • Support the development of an implementation plan, which might include organizing a multi-sectoral coordinating committee; advocate for establishment and allocation of a budget that will ensure effective implementation.

What kind of projects will NOT be funded?

The Road Safety Grants Programme does not fund education programmes (school-based or otherwise).  It does not fund basic research or academic studies.  Nor does it fund the purchase of equipment or funding of road infrastructure.

Systematic surveys of compliance of road safety policies as well as projects to strengthen health data collection are being undertaken separately with the support of Bloomberg Philanthropies and are not funded through the Road Safety Grants Programme.

How are projects selected for support?

Grants are awarded following successful selection of projects through a two-step application process.  Each competitive round will follow these steps:

  1. A Call for Proposals (CFP) is launched on the GRSP website.
  2. The CFP will detail all criteria for a successful project concept note.
  3. Concept notes fitting the eligibility criteria for organisation and type of project are submitted using our online system.
  4. Eligible concept notes are reviewed and scored by a panel of experts.
  5. The advisory board selects concept notes for invitation to submission of a full proposal.
  6. Invited organisations prepare and submit a full proposal through our online system.
  7. All full proposals are reviewed and scored on a fixed set of criteria by a panel of experts.
  8. The advisory board selects proposals to be invited to negotiation for funding.

The process from launch of concept note to finalization of the negotiation may take up to 7 months.

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