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Road Safety Trust

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Grants are available to public and professional UK-based organisations for activities that will reduce the risk of death and injury for all road users.

Fund Information

Funding body:

The Road Safety Trust

Maximum value:

£ 200,000

Application deadline:



The Road Safety Trust is an independent charitable trust dedicated to supporting projects and research aimed at making roads across the UK safer for all road users.

Objectives of Fund

The overall aims of the Road Safety Trust are to reduce death and injury on the UK roads through providing independent funding for research and the development of innovative approaches. In 2019 the Trust is inviting applications under the specific theme of 'Innovative Traffic Calming and Provision for Vulnerable Road Users', with the following overall objectives:

  • Generating new knowledge about what works.

  • Translating ideas into new measures.

  • Influencing Road Safety Policy and Practice.

  • Supporting partnership working and collaboration.

Value Notes

Grants of up to £200,000 are available over a period of up to three years.

Match Funding Restrictions

Applications for 100% funding will not be supported. Applicants are required to provide some of the costs of their project from other sources.

Who Can Apply

Applications are accepted from both public and professional UK organisations including registered charities and university departments.

Applications from private commercial enterprise, Community Interest Companies and not-for-profit businesses will be considered for funding for projects where the proposed activity is deemed to be charitable, for the benefit of the public and consistent with the principles of the Trust.


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Terms and Conditions

Successful applicants will be expected to acknowledge any contribution from the Trust in the final outputs of the project and report on the success or otherwise of the project and in any subsequent publications or presentations resulting from the project.

The Trust will expect to receive regular progress reports on any project in line with milestones in the project plan and a copy of the final publication or an evaluation of a practical intervention. The Trust will also expect to receive advance notice of the publication of any report or evaluation.


The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Applications with a clear profit motive.

  • Applications where the benefit to UK road users is not clear.

  • Applications focused on funding for services or activities previously funded in whole or in part by the applicant organisation(s) or a statutory body.

  • Applications from individuals (unless they are part of a wider research team).

  • Core funding requests.

  • 100% of a project's total cost.

  • Party political activity.

  • Activity which is likely to be in breach of laws relating to equality or opportunity.

The programme is not designed to cover the delivery costs of existing schemes but could cover the costs of evaluating an existing programme.

Eligible Expenditure

Funding is available for research or practical-intervention projects that fall within the Road Safety Trust's 2019 theme: 'Innovative Traffic Calming and Provision for Vulnerable Road Users '. Projects should be focused on engineering, infrastructure and technological measures, while recognising the contribution of education and enforcement to these measures.

The Trust is keen to support projects through to practical implementation but some early-stage research may be funded where this is judged to address a clear gap in knowledge and where an eventual practical application of that research has been positively outlined.

Activities must support the Trust's programme objectives:

  • Generate new knowledge about what works.

  • Translate ideas into new measures.

  • Influence Road Safety Policy and Practice.

  • Support partnership working or collaboration.

Successful projects will:

  • Have clear objectives and outcomes and the potential for road safety benefit for the public in the UK.

  • Support the objectives of the grant programme.

  • Have clear methods.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of relevant practice and literature.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of relevant regulations and guidance.

  • Have clear structure and management.

  • Have an experienced project team, including good cohesion and composition.

  • Be innovative.

  • Include partnership working and collaboration.

  • Have plans for evaluation of road-safety benefits and achievement of the project’s objectives.

  • Have plans for impact.

  • Plan for dissemination, engagement and knowledge exchange.

  • Include financial aspects and budget.

  • Have future plans – eg for sustainability, scaling up or rolling out.

Examples of eligible activities may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Evidence reviews.

  • Trials.

  • Roll-outs

  • Evaluations

  • Support for the profession through guidance or other resources.

Grants are available to cover project costs rather than core funding.

How To Apply

Applications are being accepted for the 2019 round from 18 March until the deadline of 21 June 2019.

Applications are made via the Road Safety Trust’s online application portal, which can be accessed from the Trust’s website. Applicants will be required to create an account and complete a short eligibility questionnaire before gaining access to the application form.

The Road Safety Trust is launching a new, annual small grants programme in 2019, which is expected to open for applications in September 2019. Further information will be provided when it becomes available.

Useful documents & links

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Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Grants Team
    The Road Safety Trust
    11 Crosshills
    Stony Stratford
    Milton Keynes
    MK11 1HD
    Tel: 01908 569971
    Email: [email protected]

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