TAC Local Government Grant Program
This grant program encourages Victorian local government's to improved road safety issues in their local communities as laid out in the Victorian Road Safety Strategy 2021-2030
The TAC and our road safety partners recognise the important role Local Governments play in road safety and they are key contributors to achieving road safety targets across the State. Local Governments are well-placed to identify specific problems, especially for walking and cycling, and to develop and implement solutions.
This grant program provides funding opportunities for Local Governments to support projects that have the potential to reduce, and where possible eliminate, the likelihood of death and serious injury for pedestrians and cyclists in their local area.
The focus of the 2021 Local Government Grant Program is on local road safety analysis and infrastructure projects that consider Safe System principles, and focus on reducing exposure, as well as the likelihood and severity, of fatal and serious injury crashes for pedestrians and cyclists.
When are the grants available?
Round open: Monday 21 June, 9.00am
Round close: Wednesday 28 July, 3.00pm
Who can apply?
To be eligible for funding the application must meet the following criteria:
- The applicant must be a Victorian Local Government; it is permissible for the Local Government to be in partnership with one or more external bodies in the conduct of the project. However, the Local Government must be the lead agency in the application.
- The application must be primarily focused on road safety issues relating to cyclists and/or pedestrians
- The applicant must provide evidence of current public liability and professional indemnity insurance.
What funding is available?
This grant round offers two funding categories - Analysis Grants and Infrastructure Grants. Local Governments can only be awarded one analysis and one infrastructure grant and must only submit one project application per funding category.
- Analysis - Grants of up to $30,000 (ex.GST)
- These are available for the investigation of pedestrian and cyclist road safety issues and/or the development of speed management and infrastructure treatment concepts which consider the Safe System Principles in addressing these issues.
- Analysis projects should include community engagement activities and form the support and design for potential road safety infrastructure treatments.
- Infrastructure - Grants of up to $100,000(ex. GST) with conditional 1:1 contributions from the Local Government.
- These are available for the implementation of low-cost road safety infrastructure solutions and/or the trialling of innovative new road safety infrastructure solutions that aim to reduce the likelihood and severity of fatal and serious injury crashes for pedestrians and cyclists.
- Road safety infrastructure projects must:
- Be supported by a community engagement activity plan and/or evidence of existing community support for the project.
- Be aligned to sound research and/or established road safety design principles and safety treatments (i.e. Safe System Principles which, for this context, are summarised below).
- Identify how the project will eliminate, or will come close to eliminating, the risk of severe crashes for pedestrians and cyclists in the local area. Local Governments should refer to:
The TAC will be holding a Grants webinar on Friday 25 June (registration details to come). The webinar will provide the following:
- Overview of the grants program and its intended road safety outcomes
- Application tips based on learnings from previous rounds
- Technical support and guidance to ensure your application aligns with the Safe System and overall scope of the program.
Pre-application technical support
Thirty minutes of pre application technical support is available for each LGA.
It is recommended applicants take up this opportunity in the early stages to ensure any non-Safe System outcomes can be identified and corrected.
Councils who wish to take up this offer, please contact the Road Safety Programs Team on email@example.com.
Pre-application support documents
The following documents have been prepared to assist LGAs when putting together their application. We recommend you read all of the documents before commending your application.
- 2021 TAC Local Government Grant Program Guidelines PDF, 1.23MB PDF, 4.31MB
- Application checklist PDF, 0.23MB PDF, 0.34MB
- Previously funded projects case studies PDF, 1.62MB PDF, 0.23MB
- TAC Funding Standard Terms and Conditions - LG Grants Analysis Projects PDF, 0.14MB PDF, 0.21MB
- TAC Funding Standard Terms and Conditions - LG Grants Infrastructure Projects (projects up to $30,000) PDF, 0.16MB PDF, 0.24MB
- TAC Funding Standard Terms and Conditions - LG Grants Infrastructure Projects (projects between $30,000 and $100,000) PDF, 0.14MB PDF, 0.23MB
For more information or to discuss a project idea and application email the TAC Road Safety Programs Team firstname.lastname@example.org
Previous project examples
Hobsons Bay City Council
Creating safer communities - Hobsons Bay City Council, protecting vulnerable road users from unsafe conditions with the installation of a wombat crossing. This was funded through a 2017 Local Government grant.
Kingston City Council
Pedestrian Safety Improvements. Creating safer communities - Kingston City Councils explains the Parkdale Local Area Traffic Management strategy. This was funded through a 2016 Local Government grant.