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Safe Communities for Illinois (SCIL) 2013

Grants to Illinois Non-Profits, Schools, Universities,
Hospitals, Others for Safe Driving Outreach Programs

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Illinois Department of Transportation’s Division of Traffic Safety (IDOT/DTS)

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Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to Illinois non-profits, government agencies, universities, schools, and others in selected communities to assist in campaigns to prevent auto injuries and deaths among at-risk males, ages 18-34. Grantees will provide local outreach and deliver traffic safety messages and programs regarding seat belt usage and drinking and driving in neighborhoods where seat belt usage rates are lower and motor vehicle-related fatalities and alcohol-related fatalities are higher than other communities. Programs and activities will take place during three two-week periods over the course of the spring and summer.

Program Goals and Objectives:
* Reduce the number of vehicle injuries and fatalities among at-risk males ages 18-34 within the city of Chicago.
* Increase seat belt usage among males ages 18-34.
* Increase the awareness of IDOT/DTS’ available materials and programs.
* Help local agencies and communities incorporate IDOT’s traffic safety messages and programs into their current and future outreach activities.
* Conduct an initial public meeting to describe the purpose of the project to the community.
* Participate at IDOT’s initial press kick-off event (TBD).
* Participate/conduct a media event or outreach activity during the three mandatory campaigns with the option for another community-based festival/celebration:
Memorial Day CIOT / May 17 – June 2 (Mandatory), July 4th DSOGP / June 21 – July 7 (Mandatory), Labor Day DSOGP / August 16 – September 2 (Mandatory), Other.
* Distribute and collect IDOT/DTS “Combined Belt/Alcohol Survey” and submit to the department.

Grantees under this program will address a wide variety of issues including, but not limited to, the following approaches under this program:
* Provide community outreach to focused groups of 18 to 34 year old males specific to: Seat Belt Usage (CIOT) and Impaired Driving (DSOGPO).
* Work with existing community coalitions including: local law enforcement, schools, government officials, health and medical providers, county/community leaders and others to increase the seat belt usage rate and reduce injury and fatality rates within the defined communities. (The top 20 at-risk communities in the Chicago area are listed in the Attachment A).
* Provide public information, educational materials and technical tools designed to foster community level approaches to traffic safety.
* Develop relationships with local print, or on-air media organizations for assistance in non-paid, earned media recognition not limited to articles, radio announcements, letters to the editor, and such for the sole purpose of promoting traffic safety.
* Reach out to local businesses for free use of marquees, articles in the company newsletters, internal events or partnerships in their community that will promote traffic safety to their employees and their community.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 132454

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $5,000

Term of Contract:

Projects will begin ASAP and conclude September 30, 2013.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Civic organizations
Health departments
Non-profit groups
Under limited circumstances, private individuals and businesses

Focus area: Austin, Auburn Gresham, Chatham, Englewood, Greater Grand Crossing, Roseland, South Shore, North Lawndale, West Englewood, West Palm, Albany Park, Avondale, Belmont Cragin, Brighton Park, Gage Park, Humboldt Park, Logan Square, Lower West Side, South Lawndale, West Town.

Pre-proposal Conference:

January 30, 2013, 10:00 am - 12 noon
3501 South Normal Street
Chicago, Illinois 60609

Seating is limited, please RSVP to Les Nunes.

Pre-Application Information:

Approved projects are funded on a reimbursement basis.

Grants funded through this program are considered seed funding and the applicant should make efforts to secure local funding for the long-term sustainability of its program.

Each request for funding will be assigned to a Project Manager who will work directly with the applicant agency. Project approval depends on the availability of funds and project specification compliance. If the request is approved, a Highway Safety Project Agreement form will be sent to the local agency for signatures of the project director and the authorizing representative. The project director and the authorizing representative must be two (2) different individuals. When the agreement is returned, it is signed by the Governor's Highway Safety Representative and the executed agreement becomes a legally binding contract by which the project will be administered.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Les Nunes
(217) 557-5964

Grant Coverage Areas:

Chicago Area

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois