Towards Zero Community Grants

This grant program aims to engage the Victorian community in the Towards Zero Strategy and Action Plan 2016-2020 by recognising and addressing specific road safety issues affecting their local area.

Communities often have particular road safety needs and local community groups can be well-placed to identify these specific problems and implement solutions.

Your ideas are valuable and this program provides grants to support local not-for-profit community groups and organisations to develop and implement effective community-based road safety projects targeting local road safety issues.

What is the program focus for 2019?

You’re invited to get involved and apply for a project that will improve road safety outcomes in your local community.

Projects that deliver benefits to vulnerable road users (i.e. pedestrians, cyclists and motorcycle riders) will be prioritised in the 2019 program.

2019 Program Guidelines

The 2020 TAC Towards Zero Community Grant Program guidelines will be provided here when released.

The TAC Towards Zero Community Grant Program guidelines provide information about the program focus, application and assessment process, grant management and reporting requirements.

The 2019 grant round program guidelines and application support documents can be viewed below.

Note: These documents are updated yearly, prior to the grant round opening.

What funding is available?

The grant program offers grants of up to $30,000 (ex. GST).

When are the grants available?

There will be two funding rounds of the TAC Towards Zero Community Grants Program in 2020.

Round 1 – April 2020

Round 2 – September 2020

Previous Funded Projects

Examples of previously funded projects can be viewed here.

How to apply?

Applications are submitted and managed online through SmartyGrants, a grants management platform.

A link to apply will be available here when the grant round is announced.

2019 Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for funding you must be Victorian based, financially viable and one of the following:

  • Incorporated community association
  • Community trust
  • Not-for-profit
  • Social enterprise
  • Charity
  • Local school
  • Local government authority

If the organisation is unincorporated (e.g. does not have an ABN or incorporation number) it will need an auspice.

An auspice is an organisation that meets the eligibility criteria and will receive the money on behalf of the applicant. The auspice will be accountable for the expenditure of funds and responsible for reporting and delivery of the project.

To be eligible for a TAC Towards Zero Community Grant, the project that is seeking funding must:

  • be delivered and completed between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2020
  • align to the 2019 Program Focus noting that projects that deliver road safety benefits to vulnerable road users (i.e. pedestrians, motor cycle riders and cyclists) will be prioritised.
  • follow project-specific guidelines (if applicable)
  • not have been previously been funded by the TAC
  • not align to any of those projects listed in the ‘what projects will not be funded’ section

NOTE: This program does not provide funding for permanent infrastructure treatments. Local Government Authorities looking to undertake such projects are encouraged to look at the TAC LGA Grants Program.

Who is not eligible to apply?

The following groups are not eligible for funding:

  • Individuals
  • Organisations who are primarily for-profit, including businesses
  • State government departments/organisations (excluding schools)

Project Specific Guidelines

As per the TAC Towards Zero Community Grant Program Guidelines all projects relating to the purchase of Variable Message Signs (VMS) and Community Road Safety Strategy and Actions Plans must align to the following project specific guidelines.

Contact Us 

For further information or to discuss this grant program, please email crsg@tac.vic.gov.au or call Chelsey Cameron, Road Safety Programs Administrator on 5225 6843.

Acknowledgment

The TAC is grateful to Land Transport New Zealand for permission to use material from the New Zealand Community Road Safety Program in developing the guidelines.

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