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Special Traffic Enforcement Program (sTEP)

Grants to Iowa Law Enforcement Agencies to
Educate and Enforce Roadway Safety

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Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau (GTSB)

Deadline Date:

04/30/19 11:59 PM


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Grants ranging from $450 to $4,300 to Iowa law enforcement agencies for education and enforcement activities related to road safety. Funding is intended to promote increased use of seat belts and child restraints, and to reduce the incidence of impaired driving, for the purpose of reducing collisions, injuries, and fatalities on the state's roadways.

Agencies that apply for funding will commit to participate in five enforcement/education events. These events or “waves” are scheduled in November 2019, and in March, May/June, July, and August/September 2020. In addition to traffic enforcement, agencies must also conduct an observational safety belt survey before and after each wave and inform the local media of the effort. The Bureau provides sample media releases and support materials. A brief report on enforcement contacts, safety belt survey results and media contacts must be completed on-line after each of the five "waves."

Agencies must also participate in and report a multi-jurisdictional project sometime during the contract year. This project can be with any other agency and can be any time of the year. Awarded overtime funds can be used for multi-jurisdictional projects.

Funding can be also be used for equipment including hand-held radar units (reimbursed at $1,000), moving radar units (reimbursed at $1,500), preliminary breath testers (reimbursed at $450), a lidar unit (laser radar reimbursed at $3,000), an in-car video camera (reimbursed at $4,200), a speed sign (reimbursed at $3,000), the GTSB Conference (reimbursed at $100), and partial funding for a speed trailer (reimbursed at $4,200) or a TruCAM lidar (lidar/camera reimbursed at $4,200).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 170305

Estimated Size of Grant:

$450 - $4,300

Not to exceed $4,200 unless requesting $100 for GTSB Conference. Then, the maximum amount is $4,300.

Term of Contract:

Project start date is November 1, 2019 and the end date is September 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Iowa law enforcement agencies are eligible to apply.

Pre-Application Information:

To be eligible, please complete and submit your agency's application no later than April 30, 2019. You will be unable to access the application after April 30th. To ensure your application is submitted on time, please do not wait until April 30th to complete it.

Awards will be announced on May 17, 2019.

This is strictly a reimbursement program. Funds must be expended and documented before your agency can be reimbursed.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

If you have any questions, please contact sTEP Coordinator Jennifer Parsons:
Phone: 515-725-6127

You may also contact Crystal Young:

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Iowa