The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Melina Bath is encouraging eligible community organisations to apply for Road safety grants which opened recently.
“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.
“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.”
Road safety grants are available to incorporated associations with an ABN, Local Government Authorities, and schools.
Ms Bath 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 Bath.
“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.
“Other groups that could benefit are local disability providers and organisations that support our CALD community members.
“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