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£120k funding awarded to improve road safety at local level

The Road Safety Trust, a charity dedicated to making the UK’s roads the safest in the world, has awarded £120,000 funding to six organisations across the UK to help improve road safety at a local level.

All grantees are charities, local authorities or community groups. The projects cover a range of road safety initiatives from innovative measures to improve the safety of rural roads, research into skid resistance, updating resources for motorcycle riders and evaluating approaches to road safety for young people.

The funding comes from the Small Grants Funding Programme which was launched in September 2019 and aims to improve road safety at a local level. The full allowance of funding was awarded and each project has been awarded between £10k and £30k.

Sally Lines, Chief Executive of Road Safety Trust said:

We are pleased to be able to announce the awards from our first Small Grants Programme. It is inevitable that some of our grantees will not be able to begin their projects immediately because of Covid-19, but the awards were made before quarantine and we will be providing support and advice to help them through. We know that all six organisations will help us achieve our vision of zero deaths and serious injuries on UK roads.

This is the first time we have run the Small Grants Programme and the standard of applications was really high, with nearly 50 applications with a total value over £1 million.

In 2019 we identified a need for funding for smaller, local projects with a practical focus. We have funded projects that provide measurable interventions that reflect local priorities and show a proposed link to reducing casualties either directly or through clear interim measures.

The Road Safety Trust is the largest road safety grant giver in the UK and funds vital research and practical interventions committed to reducing the number of people killed or injured on UK roads.

Since it was established in 2014, the Road Safety Trust has awarded grants worth  £3.6m to 47 different projects.

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