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.

2021 Program Guidelines released Monday, May 17

2021 Program

The 2021 program- 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?

The round will be open from Monday 21 June, 9.00am until Wednesday 28 July, 3.00pm.

How to Apply

Applications are submitted and managed online through SmartyGrants, a grants management platform. A link to apply in SmartyGrants will be provided here when the round opens.

Who can apply?

To be eligible for funding the application must meet the following criteria:

  1. 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.
  2. The application must be primarily focused on road safety issues relating to cyclists and/or pedestrians
  3. 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:

2020 program

Details from 2020 program

Program guidelines: Find information about the program focus, application and assessment process, grant management and reporting requirements. See the guidelines here.

Application support:

  • Grants Webinar: This online webinar gives details about the program and intended road safety outcomes.The TAC has been supported by road safety consultants Safe System Solutions Pty Ltd who has given insights into how to effectively develop and demonstrate Safe System thinking into a design and subsequent grant application. See here for Q&As from the 2020 webinar.
  • Technical Project Support:  Based on feedback from the 2019 program, technical project support is being provided to help applicants. This support will be made available upon the request of the Local Governments and will be limited to 30 minutes of engagement per Local Government. If you wish to take up this opportunity please contact the Road Safety Programs team on lgagrants@tac.vic.gov.au.
  • Evaluation Support: This presentation focuses on the evaluation section of your project application - Evaluating Pedestrian Safety Infrastructure Projects: Are we making a difference? by Bruce Corben. PDF, 6.26MB

2020 approved projects

2020 Local Government Grant Program - see here for a list of approved projects.

Contact us

For more information or to discuss a project idea and application email the TAC Road Safety Programs Team lgagrants@tac.vic.gov.au

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.

Surf Coast Shire

The Esplanade and Bell Street upgrade in Torquay, Victoria, was funded in 2017 by a TAC Local Government grant enabling the Surf Coast Shire to significantly improve the safety of people on bikes and walking.