Vision Zero in Road Safety Grant Program

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Thank you to all of this year's applicants! 37 projects were funded across the province.

Please visit our "Successful Applicants" page to view a list of funded projects.

About the Program

The British Columbia Vision Zero in Road Safety for Vulnerable Road Users Program (Vision Zero in Road Safety Program) supports local governments, Indigenous community governments and non-government organizations to advance evidence-informed road safety improvements resulting in reduced vulnerable road user injuries and reductions in the severity of these injuries.

This program aims to generate immediate and long-term injury reduction benefits for vulnerable road users in underserved communities, Indigenous communities, and small and remote communities. It also helps to advance the implementation of innovative, technology-driven, proven and low-cost road safety crash countermeasures.

    Award Amount: $5,000 to $20,000

    Award Term: April 1, 2022 – March 31, 2023 (12 months)

    For questions related to the application process and how to maximize the value of your proposed project idea, please contact the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit (bcinjury@bcchr.ca) who will connect you with a local health authority grant lead.

    Funding provided by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

    Who Can Apply?

    Eligible applicants include:

    • Local governments
    • Indigenous governments
    • Non-government organizations (NGOs), e.g. School Districts, Parent Advisory Councils, Road Safety Advocacy Groups

    Other Road Safety Funding Opportunities

    Insurance Corporation of British Columbia

    • The Road Improvement Program works with various provincial road authorities, including First Nations, to help fund and implement roadway infrastructure projects that are aimed to make roadways safer for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians.
    • The Community Grants Program helps make a difference in the lives of British Columbians by supporting the road safety and injury recovery initiatives of community organizations. This call for proposals closes Feb 15, 2022.

    Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure 

    • The Transit Minor Betterments Program is improving how British Columbians get around in a major way. Ministry staff partner with local governments, BC Transit, and TransLink to identify and deliver projects. The contact for this program is Linda Harmon.
    • The Active Transportation Infrastructure Grant Program cost shares investments in active transportation with Indigenous and local governments. The program provides grants for infrastructure or network planning and promotes the development of a safe, efficient and integrated multi-modal transportation system in communities. To support communities in their active transportation infrastructure planning, the Province of BC has developed an Active Transportation Design Guide.
    • The Active School Travel Pilot Program is an initiative led by BC Healthy Communities Society and is funded by the B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. The goal of the program is to support more students to walk, bike and scoot to and from school, by funding schools to test adapted materials from existing evidence-based Active School Travel Programs. Applications for the 2022 Active School Travel Pilot Program are now closed.

    Union of BC Municipalities

    • The Active Transportation Planning Grant is funded by the Province of BC and delivered through the Union of BC Municipalities and enables local governments to receive funding to incorporate or strengthen active transportation components of their community development plans.

    Government of Canada

    • The $2.75 billion Zero Emission Transit Fund is now accepting applications under the Planning and Capital streams. Eligible applicants can seek funding to help cover planning and capital costs related to shifting public transit systems to cleaner electrical power, including the purchase of zero-emission buses and related infrastructure. This Fund is closely coordinated with the Canada Infrastructure Bank’s commitment to invest $1.5 billion in zero emission buses as part of its three-year Growth Plan.
    • The $400 million Active Transportation Fund is now accepting applications from eligible applicants who wish to help build new and expanded networks of pathways, bike lanes, trails, and pedestrian bridges. Funding is available for planning projects as well as capital projects.
    • The $250 million Rural Transit Solutions Fund is now accepting applications under the Capital Projects stream. Eligible applicants can seek funding contributions to help cover capital costs such as the purchase of vehicles or digital platforms, as well as to support zero-emission transit solutions such as the purchase of zero-emission vehicles. The Rural Transit Solutions Fund is the first federal fund to target the development of transit solutions in rural, remote, and Indigenous communities.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. Who should I contact if I have questions about the Program? If you have questions about the grant program, please contact the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit (BCIRPU) (bcinjury@bcchr.ca). For questions related to how to maximize the value of your specific project proposal idea, the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit will connect you with a local health authority grant lead.

     

    2. How do I know if my project is eligible for funding? Projects eligible for funding in Stream #1 include innovative, low-cost road improvements (temporary or permanent) that increase the safety of vulnerable road users. Examples include traffic signal timing changes, raised crosswalks, solar-powered speed feedback signs, rectangular rapid flashing beacons, innovative pavement markings, and curb extensions or bollards.

    Indigenous communities are eligible for Stream #2 of grant funding, which includes the same project types as those listed for Stream #1. Additional eligible projects for Stream #2 include initiatives such as road safety planning, community consultations, or stakeholder engagement, as well as initiatives aimed to address specific issues such as driver training, impaired driving, or a bike-share program to increase active transportation. For questions related to the application process and how to maximize the value of your proposed project idea, please contact the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit (bcinjury@bcchr.ca) and they will connect you with a local health authority grant lead. Discussing your proposal idea with your local grant lead will assist you in determining whether or not your grant application is eligible for the Vision Zero in Road Safety Grant Program, and can help you define and refine key elements of your application.

     

    3. How can we write an impactful grant application that satisfies the requirements of the Vision Zero in Road Safety Grant Program? We are looking for well-thought-out, concise applications that outline how the specific project activities will reduce traffic-related injuries in your community. Where possible, we encourage you to use local data to support your project proposal and to highlight how success will be measured. An impactful application will outline partnerships and stakeholders, align with Vision Zero principles, and provide a clear breakdown of the proposed budget using the template provided.

     

    4. Can one organization apply for multiple projects? Yes, applicants may submit more than one application for a Vision Zero in Road Safety grant for different projects.

     

    5. What is the success rate of applications for this Program? This is the first year of the provincial Vision Zero in Road Safety grant program; however, based on past Vision Zero programs in Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health, we anticipate a competitive grant stream.

     

    6. Our project budget is more than $20,000. Can we apply for more than the anticipated grant range? The maximum grant amount awarded is $20,000. For all projects, we encourage applicants to consider partnership models that involve additional financial contributions from at least one other partner organization (e.g. ICBC Community Grant Programs, local and indigenous governments)

     

    7. When will I be notified about the outcome of my grant application? All grant applicants will be notified regarding the outcome of their application in early 2022.

     

    8. We are having some technical difficulties in filling out the application form and/or have some additional questions. Can you help?  If you are having technical difficulties with the application or have further questions, please contact the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit (BCIRPU) (bcinjury@bcchr.ca).

     

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