The Nationals Member for Euroa, Annabelle Cleeland, is encouraging eligible community organisations to apply for road safety grants which opened recently and close on March 15.
“Road safety is an ever-increasing problem particularly across regional Victoria where our rapidly deteriorating roads have seen a concerning increase in road trauma statistics,” Ms Cleeland said.
“While the Andrews Government must take responsibility for repairing our crumbling roads network, grassroots organisations can also play a role in community safety.
“Applying for a road safety grant is a fantastic way for community organisations to get involved by helping to raise road safety awareness.
“Programs that could be funded under this grant stream include road signage, bike education and road safety programs as well as pedestrian safety measures.”
Road safety grants are available to incorporated associations with an ABN, Local Government Authorities, and schools.
Ms Cleeland said there is only a short window in which to apply for the road safety grants so it is important for community groups to act quickly.
“This is great opportunity for local schools to gain needed funding to facilitate learning programs around cycling, being a safe driver, passenger and pedestrian as well as understanding roadside signage,” said Ms Cleeland.
“Bike education is a very important program that is often taught in schools – it provides young people with a solid foundation about understanding road safety rules and measures.
“I encourage schools and community groups to consider applying for funding to help address the important issue of road safety locally.”
Applications for the Community Road Safety Grants Program 2023/24 are now open and will close on 15 March.
Further information on the program guidelines can be found on VicRoads website https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/safety-and-road-rules/road-safety-programs/vicroads-community-road-safety-grants-program
Applications must be made through the SmartyGrants portal – https://vicroads.smartygrants.com.au/2324Grants