Mark H Durkan, Minister for the Environment and Bryan Myles, CTA Director of Consultancy launching the DOE road safety grants programme for voluntary and community groups at Stormont.
If you have concerns about road safety and can deliver an innovative, community-led road safety project then the CTA can provide financial support to help you achieve your goal.
The Department of Environment has appointed CTA to deliver a programme of funding. This will support individuals and community groups in developing and implementing initiatives, programmes and activities aimed at further reducing the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads.
The CTA is now inviting applications for the DOE road safety grants from the voluntary and community sector. Groups can apply for small grants of up to £15,000 to develop and run a community-based road safety project.
To qualify, groups must be properly constituted, have a bank account and be able to complete the project by March 2015.
Bryan Myles, CTA Director of Consultancy said, “This is an excellent funding opportunity for locally-based groups to get some extra funding for the benefit of the whole community. The funding will enable them to make our roads a safer place, by using their most creative ideas to raise awareness of the main causes of road collisions and to engage with the most vulnerable road users, particularly in places which are normally hard to reach”.
Environment Minister Mark H Durkan said: “We in government have done and are doing a lot to reduce death and serious injury on our roads. Proposed reductions in the drink drive limits and changes to driver training, which I have recently introduced into the Assembly, are testament to that. The key message which constantly needs to emerge though is that road safety is everyone’s responsibility. Community groups therefore play a vital role in getting the message across in their areas. It is only right that we provide funding for community groups who come up with innovative ideas for sharing the road to zero road deaths. That is why the Department welcomes initiatives that encourage the whole community to get involved in raising awareness of the issues. I welcome CTA as the charity which will ensure these grants get to the best community projects and I wish them well in that endeavour. To all road users, I urge you – Respect Everyone’s Journey”.
The CTA has arranged two information sessions for potential applicants to find out more about the fund and how to make a better application. The sessions take place on Thursday 5thJune 2014 from 10:30am to 12:30pm at Rural Community Network, Cookstown and on Friday 6th June 2014 from 10:30am to 12:30pm at NICVA, Belfast. Please contact CTA to reserve your place at one of the information sessions.
To find out more about the information sessions, receive an application pack or speak in more detail about your project, then contact CTA on 028 9094 1664 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
An application pack is available to download from the CTA website: www.ctauk.org/roadsafetygrant or on Facebook Roadsafety Grant
The closing date for applications is Friday 20th June 2014 at 12:00 noon. Successful groups will be notified in July 2014.