Community Road Safety Grants
Community road safety grants
Round 9 grants are now closed
Round 9 of the Community Road Safety Grants program closed at 4pm on Tuesday 12 September, 2023. An announcement on successful applicants is expected in early November 2023.
Round 10 of the Community Road Safety Grants program will open in August 2024.
Our grants help community groups across NSW to develop small-scale, local projects. These projects increase road safety awareness in local communities and promote safer behaviours on our roads.
Projects should align with the Safe System approach to road safety.
The Safe System ensures safe roads, safe speeds, safe people and safe vehicles are applied together so the road system not only keeps us moving, but keeps us safe and protected.
About the grants
What funding is available?
There are two categories of grants available.
Grants up to $5000 are available for local community road safety projects. These projects should increase road safety awareness in specific community groups or locations.
A limited number of $30,000 road safety grants are also available. These projects are larger and involve a broader reach within the community.
Who can apply?
Only community-based and charity/not-for-profit organisations in NSW can apply, including:
- incorporated community associations
- community trusts
- registered not-for-profits/charities
- social enterprises.
Who can’t apply?
- private businesses
- research organisations
- government organisations
- local councils (we fund the Local Government Road Safety Program)
- schools and early childhood services (we fund the Road Safety Education Program)
- projects that already receive funding or sponsorship from us
- organisations that present road safety programs directly to school students or children in early childhood services (we fund the Road Safety Education Program)
- infrastructure projects that would normally fall under the local council responsibility.
How do I apply, and who can help?
Applications will only be accepted via the SmartyGrants portal. This will be live in August 2024.
If you have any questions, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also call and leave a message on 02 8265 7372 and we will be in touch.
Successful projects, Round 8, 2022
A Driver Mentoring Program that gives access to company pool cars, a free professional driving lesson, and ongoing lessons with trained volunteer mentors so vulnerable young people can get their licence.
Supports senior Aboriginal male students in NSW to become safer, more confident drivers and obtain their driver licence through driver safety sessions and professional driving lessons.
Community Activities Lake Macquarie Inc. (CALM)
Helps provide professionally fitted car seats and seatbelts, and child safety information to clients receiving our family support services.
Connective Indigenous Corporation
Creates awareness and knowledge about road safety through short digital clips and stories that can be shared across social media platforms through a lens that Aboriginal communities understand.
Cycle Safe Bathurst
Partners with local media organisations and council to develop and roll out a campaign to make drivers aware of the dangers of roundabouts to vulnerable road users.
Down The Track Youth Enterprises Limited
‘Driving Youth on Track’ will deliver a driver education and training program targeting disengaged youth to navigate road surfaces, city situations, towing and reversing, to produce competent, safe drivers.
Enough is Enough Anti-Violence Movement Inc.
Workshops for inexperienced drivers (18-25) who engage in risky driving behaviours. It explores the consequences and impacts of risk-taking behaviours on themselves and the community.
Ethnic Communities' Council of NSW
A series of road and vehicle safety workshops in-language for seniors aged over 55 from multicultural backgrounds. It will help increase road safety awareness and support safer road use.
Gulgong Liquor Accord
Provides service to the local community by picking up and dropping off people as a safe alternative to drink driving.
Healthy Cities Illawarra
A social campaign to make cycling safer, by putting a human face to people who ride bikes.
Hunter Academy of Sport
A road safety education program aimed at young athletes aged 15-18 and their families. It is based on leadership, education and decision making.
Illawarra Multicultural Services Inc.
Safer Driving supports recently arrived refugees and migrants in the Illawarra region to improve and increase their knowledge of the NSW road rules and regulations.
Kenyan Community Newcastle Association - Wananchi Newcastle
In it Together aims to re-educate the Swahili speaking community within Wallsend on safety in line with Towards Zero key priority areas.
Little Blue Dinosaur Foundation
Partners with local government areas to raise community awareness of child road safety using signage, media and education campaigns.
Aims to instil a culture of safe driving within new arrivals by better understanding road rules, increasing road safety awareness and practising safe driving.
Milparinka Heritage and Tourism Association Inc.
Creates and distributes driver safety videos targeting the many caravanners travelling through Australia, especially within the Corner Country of outback NSW.
Mobility and Accessibility for Children in Australia (MACA Inc.)
Promotes, gives access to, and facilitates an online training course for 100 NSW health professionals to improve road safety outcomes for children with disabilities as passengers in motor vehicles.
Delivers driver education through an online program for P platers at no cost and offers half-priced places for low-income earners across NSW.
Rotary Club of Midday Grafton Inc.
Delivers a series of displays and presentations on the laws of the Minimum Passing Distance Rule at the monthly local car meet in Grafton.
Survive The Ride Association of NSW Inc.
Provides free face-to-face workshops for motorcycle riders in rural NSW on ways to improve risk management decisions when riding.
Westpac Rescue Helicopter
Enables participation in driver training and towing courses for volunteers who frequently drive and tow trailers in performing their duties.
Wyong District Museum and Historical Society
To buy helmets which will be provided with each refurbished bicycle donated to charitable organisations for distribution.
To develop and pilot a prototype for short, online training sessions for supervising drivers, pre-learners and learners to minimise crash risks over the GLS journey.
You can find details about other projects in our complete list of Rounds 1 to 7 successful applicants (PDF, 139.05 KB).
Find out what grant recipients have done in previous rounds:
Towards Zero Collaboration Hub
Information and resources about implementing road safety projects in your local community is available on the Towards Zero Collaboration Hub.
Partnering with Councils to deliver locally based road safety initiatives.