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FY2019 Annual Grant

Grants to Washington Nonprofits, Agencies,
and Schools to Improve Traffic Safety

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Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC)

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01/22/18 5:00 PM PST Receipt


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Grants starting at $5,000 to Washington nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and schools for projects to improve traffic safety. Proposals are invited from traffic safety partners for projects that address high-risk driving behaviors, the protection of road users, and supporting traffic data systems to improve performance and decision-making.

About Target Zero:

Washington is building traffic safety partnerships throughout the state to align priorities and leverage resources to improve traffic safety. The Target Zero Strategic Highway Safety Plan is the result of this work and represents Washington’s strategic roadmap for eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries. The Target Zero Plan provides a comprehensive framework with specific priorities, goals, and strategies. Successful grant proposals are aligned with the Target Zero priorities and utilize its proven strategies or consist of innovative strategies with an accompanying evaluation plan.

The Target Zero Plan is built by many traffic safety partners who work in concert across the transportation system. The Washington Traffic Safety Commission annual grant process supports the following traffic safety aspects:
-High-risk behaviors such as impairment, speeding, and distraction
-Protecting road users such as young drivers, pedestrians, motorcyclists, and bicyclists
-Supporting traffic data systems for improved decision-making and performance

Target Zero Priority Areas:

The Target Zero Plan sets statewide priority areas based on fatality and serious injury data in order to guide state and federal funding to the highest traffic safety needs. In addition to the statewide priority areas listed in Target Zero, a local county or municipality may have data that shows specific traffic safety needs in that county or city. Projects that involve higher priority areas (either using statewide or county data) will receive special consideration for funding.

Proven, Recommended, and Unknown Strategies:

Each topic in the Target Zero Plan contains a list of strategies to could be used to improve traffic safety in that area. The listed strategies are designated as follows:
-“Proven” if research and evaluation studies have validated its effectiveness,
-“Recommended” if the strategy is generally accepted to be effective, or
-“Unknown” for strategies that have limited evaluations

WTSC will consider grants that employ strategies listed in the Target Zero Plan and any innovative strategies that are not yet listed. If your proposal includes an innovative demonstration project for which no research exists to support its effectiveness, your project must contain a strong evaluation plan to assess the effectiveness of the project at its conclusion.

Allowable project costs include:
-Cost to implement strategies designed to address traffic safety problems.
-Equipment and materials.
-Goods and services.
-Training and travel directly related to project goals.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179536

Estimated Size of Grant:

Typically, grants range in amounts from $5,000 to $150,000.

Term of Contract:

The period of performance is October 1, 2018, through September 30, 2019.

Award recipients may incur expenditures no earlier than the start of the federal fiscal year (October 1) and only after an Interagency Agreement has been signed by your organization and the WTSC. Extensions of the period of performance are not permitted. WTSC will not reimburse any costs incurred on a project agreement prior to or after the period of performance.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
-Washington State agencies
-Federally-recognized tribal governments
-Cities, counties, and their sub-agencies
-Nonprofit organizations with existing IRS 501(c)(3) status
-Public schools (and private schools with nonprofit status)

Eligible agencies or organizations must be able to:
-Manage public funds efficiently and ethically.
-Collaborate with other public, private, and non-profit organizations.
-Effectively monitor and evaluate the outcomes of a project.
-Adhere to the State and Federal Terms & Conditions of the grant agreement, including submitting required project reports to the WTSC.

Unallowable Costs:

All projects must follow appropriate state and federal funding regulations. Federal regulations prohibit the use of these funds for office furniture, gifts, entertainment, roadway construction, or roadway maintenance.

Roadway construction and maintenance includes the purchase of permanent road signs, traffic signals, Variable Message Signs, reflective paint, in-pavement flashing beacons, and motion- activated pedestrian signals. Funds may not be used for signal improvements including timing, retroreflective tape and back plates, and adaptive signal control. Funds may not be used for managing roadway access, implementing “road diet” countermeasures, new or modified turn lanes and signals, pavement markings, illumination, sight distance improvements, guardrail, rumble strips, or high friction pavement.

Federal regulations also prohibit using these funds to replace routine or existing state and local expenditures, or using these funds to conduct activities required by RCW, WAC, or other statute.

Pre-Application Information:

Your proposal must be received by WTSC no later than 5:00 PM PST, January 22, 2018.

WTSC staff will contact you between April 20 and May 4, 2018, to inform you of the selection or non-selection of your proposal.

-Grant solicitation process opens: November 27, 2017
-Grant proposals due to WTSC: January 22, 2018
-WTSC evaluates proposals: January 23, 2018 - March 26, 2018
-Technical Advisory Committee reviews proposals: March 27, 2018
-Commissioners review recommended funding portfolio: April 19, 2018
-WTSC notifies applicants of selection: April 20, 2018 - May 4, 2018
-WTSC and grantee negotiate and finalize contracts: May 7, 2018 - September 30, 2018
-Grant-funded Project start date: October 1, 2018
-Project end date: September 30, 2019

The 2016 Revised Target Zero Plan is available at:

Contact Information:

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

You must submit your proposal through the WTSC Enterprise Management System (WEMS):

For questions about the annual grant process, contact:

Pam Pannkuk, Deputy Director
PO Box 40944
Olympia, WA 98504-0944
(360) 725-9884

If you have questions about a specific Target Zero priority area, contact the appropriate Program Manager:

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington