March 2, 2021 - The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission is accepting grant applications from agencies and individuals to fund projects that help reduce vehicle crashes and the resulting fatalities, injuries, and property damage.

The one-year grants are funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for the federal fiscal year that begins on Oct. 1, 2021. Eligible applicants include state, parish and local government entities; non-profit organizations; state colleges and universities or other institutions of higher learning; local school boards or schools; corporations; hospitals; highway safety advocacy groups; fire departments; emergency services providers; and individuals.

More information about the application process is available here. The application form can be accessed here. All applications must be submitted online by midnight on March 31.

LHSC funds projects that address impaired driving; distracted driving; police traffic services; speeding and aggressive driving; occupant protection and child passenger safety; pedestrian and bicycle safety; young driver safety; motorcycle safety; traffic records; and community traffic safety. Grants may be awarded for assisting LHSC in addressing traffic safety problems, expansion of an ongoing activity, or development of a new safety program or countermeasure. 

All NHTSA funding is governed by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. In early 2018, NHTSA published the final rule that provides specific guidance about the grant requirements and traffic safety programs included in the FAST Act. To access this final rule please visit 23 CFR 1300