Funds Available for Northwest Transportation Safety Programs
ST. JOSEPH - Annual grant funds to improve safety on our Northwest Missouri roads will soon be available for regional transportation safety programs from the Northwest Region Coalition for Roadway Safety. This is the third year the funds have been available for interested applicants to help reduce injuries and fatalities in Missouri's Northwest 20 counties.
"We have had a lot of interest from various groups to improve safety on our roads and these grant funds help us make a difference all over the region," says Jackie Spainhower, director of the coalition's Northwest Region. "We hope to further identify local safety efforts and needs to ensure more Missourians Arrive Alive every day."
Organizations eligible to apply for these funds include schools, community groups, law enforcement, health departments, and others. Online grant applications are available at www.savemolives.com/northwest/index.html. Special events, equipment, and other programs to improve roadway safety are eligible. Completed applications are due by July 1, with awards announcements by September. All awarded funds must be spent by June 15, 2014.
To be eligible for the grants, programs must address at least one of the Blueprint-identified emphasis areas including serious crash types, high-risk drivers and occupants, special vehicles, vulnerable roadway users, and special roadway environments. The more widespread the impact the program has, and the longer it lasts, the better chance it has to receive some of the limited funds. Further information on these emphasis areas is available in the Blueprint for Safer Roadways available on www.savemolives.com.
In the past two years, more than $85,000 has been requested and awarded to various groups. For fiscal year 2014, more than $65,000 will be available to award.
For more information, contact the Missouri Department of Transportation at 888-ASK MODOT (888-275-6636) or your local regional planning commission.