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TAC Local Government Grant Program

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The TAC Local Government Grant program aims to encourage local government involvement in pedestrian and cyclist road safety projects that are aligned with the Towards Zero Strategy and Action Plan 2016-2020 and Safe System principles, and deliver positive outcomes in the community.

The TAC and its road safety partners recognise the importance of Local Governments in road safety and supporting local road safety programs.

Local Governments are a key contributor to the achievement of road safety targets across the State.

Local Governments, working closely with local communities, are well-placed to identify specific problems, especially for walking and cycling, and develop and implement integrated road safety infrastructure solutions.

This grant program provides funding opportunities for Local Governments throughout Victoria 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.

2019 program focus

Local road safety analysis and infrastructure projects that considered 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.

Program guidelines

The 2020 TAC Local Government Grant Program guidelines will be provided here when released.

The TAC Local Government 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.

Frequently asked questions

Below is a link to a list of frequently asked questions raised by Local Government representatives during the 2019 grant round open period. These were published to assist with applying for a TAC Local Government Grant.

What funding is available?

This grant round offers two funding categories:

Analysis - Grants of up to $30,000(ex. GST)

Analysis grants 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

Infrastructure grants are available for the implementation of low cost road safety infrastructure solutions and/or the trialing 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:

NOTE - Local Governments can only be awarded one analysis and one infrastructure grant and must only submit one project application per funding category.

Previous Funded Projects

Examples of previously funded projects can be viewed here

When are the grants available?

The TAC Local Government Grant Program round opens for application in July each year.

2019 Round - Closed

Applicants will be notified of their outcome Mid October 2019.

Who can apply?

To be eligible for funding the applicant 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.

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 Local Government Grant Program resources

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

Contact Us 

For further information, or to discuss a project idea and application email lgagrants@tac.vic.gov.au or call Georgina Davis, Road Safety Project Manager on 0466 954 985.