Jan. 4, 2023 - Anyone who has an idea for a project or initiative to improve traffic safety for Louisiana road users has until January 31 to apply for funding to implement the idea, the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission announced.

Project proposals can be submitted by government entities; political subdivisions of the state, parish, or local government agencies; non-profit organizations; state colleges, universities, or other institutions of higher learning; local school boards or schools; corporations; hospitals; highway safety advocacy groups; fire departments; emergency services providers; or individuals.

Applicants must submit proposals online at www.lahighwaysafety.org before 4:30 p.m., Jan. 31. Late or incomplete proposals for funding will not be considered.

LHSC will fund projects from Oct. 1, 2023, through Sept. 30, 2024. The projects must address impaired driving; distracted driving; police traffic services; speeding; aggressive driving; occupant protection; child passenger safety; pedestrian, bicycle, or motorcycle safety; traffic records; or community traffic safety.

Successful grants will assist LHSC in addressing traffic safety problems, expanding an ongoing activity, or developing a new program or countermeasure. Possible project proposals could include, but are not limited to, education, outreach, prevention, and enforcement. 

To apply for a grant, go to http://www.lahighwaysafety.org/, and select “Apply For A Grant” from the menu at the top of the page to see an overview of the grant process. From there, applicants can find links to the LHSC FFY 2024 Call for Proposals and Application Instructions, and to the LHSC FFY 2024 Application.

The money for the grants comes from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and is allocated for one-year projects. LHSC selects and oversees the NHTSA-funded projects in Louisiana.