Selection criteria

The TAC will use a transparent two-stage selection process and will provide feedback to all applicants. All applications will be considered against the mandatory criteria below. Applications that meet these basic criteria will then be assessed using the broader assessment criteria. The selection process is competitive, and only the highest-ranked applications will be funded.

Mandatory criteria

All applications must meet the following criteria to be considered:

  • The applicant must be an acceptable organisation as outlined in the section 'Who can apply for funding?' (page 7 of CRSG Guidelines).
  • All sections of the application form must be completed. Including all signature fields.
  • The application should include one or more partner organisations relevant to the target community and road safety problem. Representatives of all these partners should sign the application. Commercial entities that may be engaged by the community group for the project cannot be a partner in your application.
  • A detailed project budget must be included.
  • The application should clearly identify a road safety problem in the target community. This problem should be the basis for the project's goals, objectives, and activities.

Assessment criteria

Applications that meet the mandatory criteria will be ranked according to the following assessment criteria:

  • Clarity of information about the local road safety problem – this must be supported by evidence
    and recent local data (within the last five years) and show a demonstrated link between the
    proposed activity and the road safety needs of the target group.
  • A statement of goals, objectives, activities and anticipated outputs/outcomes (evaluation) to address the issue. 
  • Alignment with the Victorian Road Safety Strategy and the Safe System approach. This strategy focuses on some key issues and target groups. It is also the basis of many local government road safety strategies. Although applicants can suggest other issues or target groups, the TAC is more likely to fund applications that share its strategic focus, including; 
    • Addressing issues of speed, alcohol/drugs, fatigue and vehicle safety.
    • The road user groups of most interest - drivers/passengers, motorcyclists, pedestrians, and cyclists.
  • A clear focus on a group in the community. Consider groups such as children, families, young people, older people, members of culturally and linguistically diverse groups, including indigenous and refugee groups. 
  • Research evidence or 'good practice' principles to support the project. Applications that can refer to relevant supporting data, research, or successful existing programs in another location or related fields are more likely to be funded.
  • Project sustainability. The TAC is interested in funding road safety projects that can attract future support from other sources – to ensure the successful initiatives continue independently without ongoing TAC support.
  • Community commitment (through support and/or active participation) to addressing the problem, for example, by: 
    • identifying partner groups in the community that will be involved in the project
    • contributions from partners through funding or in-kind support
    • the availability of community volunteers to assist with the project.
  • Data collection, documentation and project evaluation mechanisms.
  • Alignment with other relevant project-specific guidelines (breath testing devices, road safety
    strategies and VMS boards).

  The TAC will also consider the following when assessing applications:

  • Is the proposed project already receiving a government grant or funding? What are the terms of the agreement in relation to other funding opportunities? (The TAC may need to review other agreements).
  • Are there other grants or funding projects that are more relevant to the proposed project?

If your organisation's application for a Community Road Safety Grant is successful, you will need to sign an agreement with the TAC to confirm your responsibilities and those of the TAC. You will also have to agree to meet some important Occupational Health and Safety guidelines and, in some cases, you will have to meet more stringent requirements (e.g. if your project involves children, all those involved may require a 'Working with Children' check).  More information can be found at Application form and closing dates