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Grants to South Carolina Nonprofits and Agencies
for Programs to Reduce Traffic Injuries and Fatalities

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South Carolina Department of Public Safety (SCDPS) - Office of Highway Safety and Justice Programs (OHSJP)

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02/01/19 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to South Carolina agencies, nonprofits, and local governments for programs to reduce traffic-related injuries and fatalities. Funding is intended for programs that focus on impaired driving, speeding, seat belt use, prosecution, and traffic safety education particularly in minority, young, and rural populations.

Enforcement Projects:

1. Impaired Driving (DUI) Enforcement Programs (Statewide and Community)

In order for impaired driving enforcement programs to be considered for funding, state and local crash data and traffic records analyses must be available to fully justify the requirement for an impaired driving enforcement team. Jurisdictions must have a high incidence of alcohol and/or drug-related crashes or a significant increase over the previous year in order to justify a proposal. Collision data and analyses, along with citation data, should be used to clearly indicate a major impaired-driving problem and to demonstrate that increased enforcement will have a significant impact on the reduction of drug and/or alcohol-related traffic crashes. The traffic officers assigned to such programs must be highly trained and skilled in order to detect a potential DUI. They must be able to administer proper field sobriety tests, videotape the suspect, supervise administration of the breath test during booking proceedings, and provide adequate case documentation for court presentation.

2. Speed (Police Traffic Services)

In order for traffic enforcement proposals to be considered for funding, state and local crash data and traffic records analyses must be available to fully justify the requirement for increased traffic enforcement. Jurisdictions must have a high incidence of speed-related crashes or a significant increase over the previous year in order to justify a proposal. Collision data and analyses, along with citation data, should be used to clearly indicate a major problem and to demonstrate that increased enforcement will have a major impact on the reduction of traffic crashes.

Adjudication/Prosecution Projects:

1. Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor: A Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor (TSRP) project would provide critical support to enhance the capability of the states’ prosecutors and law enforcement to effectively prosecute traffic safety violations.

2. Special DUI Prosecutors: The goal of this project category is to increase the conviction rate of DUI offenders in priority counties, where there is a backlog of DUI cases as well as a problem of effectively prosecuting DUI jury trials.

Occupant Protection and Education/Outreach Projects:

1. Innovative Community Safety Belt Projects and Projects Focusing on Minority Groups, Rural Populations, and Youth Safety Belt Use

A need exists to implement community projects that include minority groups, rural populations, and young drivers, to encourage and promote safety belt and passive restraint use. Priority will be given to community-wide initiatives using innovative and creative approaches to encourage/promote the proper use of occupant restraints and to increase usage rates. While limited public information and education efforts may be a component of a community safety belt project, the primary focus should not be media centered.

Schools are an important arena in which to reach students, parents, and others who transport students. Studies have indicated that children can be very influential in promoting safety belt usage in families. Studies have also shown that teenagers and young males are over-represented in fatal and injury crashes. Traditionally, belt usage rates among these groups have been low.

Projects in this category should be comprehensive in scope to include the medical and business community in promoting highway safety in the schools. They should be educational or promotional programs designed to measurably increase usage of safety belts among these population groups. Projects should also focus on entire school districts, involve students, parents, teachers, and administrators, and should be tied in to all school activities.

2. Education for Young People

Projects with a specific focus on young drivers, age 20 or younger, with education on alcohol and/or drugs, safety belt usage, and speeding will be given consideration. Educational projects typically have a greater focus on young drivers and provide more exposure to the alcohol/drug and highway safety messaging than do public awareness (media) campaigns. Educational projects could include the conducting of mock DUI trials in schools, the conducting of actual DUI trials in high schools, and the implementation of victim impact panels.

Other program areas may be eligible for funding in FFY 2020. Please contact Cheryl Worrell of the Office of Highway Safety and Justice Programs for information on applying for a grant in these potential funding areas.

1. The following are some examples of eligible items for Highway Safety grant funding:
- Implementation of educational efforts to increase public compliance with occupant protection laws.
- Implementation of a comprehensive enforcement program for detecting, investigating, arresting, and convicting impaired drivers.
- Development and administration of countermeasures programs to correct identified problems.
- Program coordination for impaired driving prevention, public information, and education activities.
- Necessary mission-related equipment, training, and travel.
- Evaluation of the effectiveness of program or project improvements.
- The cost of training is allowable using curricula developed by, equivalent to, or endorsed by USDOT/NHTSA.
- Purchase of child restraint devices is allowable if they are in compliance with NHTSA performance standard FMVSS #213 for these devices.
- Development costs of new training curricula and materials are allowable if they will not duplicate materials already developed for similar purposes by USDOT/NHTSA or by other states. This does not preclude modifications of present materials necessary to meet particular state and local instructional needs.

2. Costs are allowable for highway safety consultant services from universities, public agencies, non-government organizations, and individuals for state or local highway safety support services or products consistent with the applicable OMB Circular, provided applicable state procurement purchasing procedures are followed.

3. Costs are allowable to support a specific highway safety project with educational activities that offer specific educational items/educational printed materials. Documentation must be available to show that such activities do not violate state law. Educational items, activities, and any printed materials must directly relate to the project objectives.

4. Costs of meetings and conferences, in which the primary purpose is the documentable dissemination of technical information, are allowable, including meals, transportation, rental of meeting facilities, and other incidental costs.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184792

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Term of Contract:

October 1, 2019 - September 30, 2020

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Please note that only the following entities are eligible for consideration for Highway Safety funding: (1) State agencies; (2) private, non-profit organizations listed as 501(c)3; (3) political subdivisions (city/county governments); and (4) state, local and federally recognized Indian tribal governments.

Non-Allowable Costs:
- The cost of land is not allowable.
- The cost of construction or reconstruction of driving ranges, towers, and skid pads is not allowable.
- The cost of construction, rehabilitation, remodeling, or office furnishings and fixtures for state, local, or private buildings or structures is not allowable. The following are some examples of those items considered as furnishings or fixtures, for which costs are not allowable: Desk, Coat Rack, Floor Covering, Picture/Clock, Chair, Credenza, Storage Cabinet, Draperies, Table, Book Case, Portable Partition, Fixed Lighting, Filing Cabinet, Shelving, Office Planter, Lamp.
- The costs of promotional items are not eligible for reimbursement (promotional items include but are not limited to: pens, shirts, keychains, etc.).
- Passive alcohol sensors are not allowable.
- Purchase of mainframe computers is not allowable. Mobile Data Terminals/Laptops are limited to $3,000 each.
- Purchase of weapons, uniforms, or badges is not allowable.
- Stop sticks are not allowable.
- Purchase of body-worn cameras is not allowable.
- The cost of international travel is not allowable, except as separately approved by NHTSA and the state.
- The cost of counseling and other alcohol and drug abuse treatment services, the cost of the promotion of such services, and the cost of any materials related to treatment services are not allowable.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A Highway Safety Funding Guidelines Workshop for Grant Applicants will be held on December 6, 2018 at the following location:

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety
Room CG– 52
10311 Wilson Boulevard
Blythewood, South Carolina 29016

(Please use the front entrance which has the SC DPS emblem, not the CSC emblem/entrance).

Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend this workshop. Seats are limited, so interested applicants must RSVP by November 27, 2018.

Pre-Application Information:

Highway Safety Grant Cycle FFY 2020:
- November 16, 2018: Notification of Solicitation of Applications and Availability of Funding Guidelines Mailed to Potential Applicants.
- November 19, 2018: Posting of FFY 2020 Highway Safety Funding Guidelines on the SC Department of Public Safety's website.
- November 27, 2018: Deadline for Registering for OHSJP Funding Guidelines Work. Please call Ms. Katrina Larry by 5:00 PM, November 27, 2018 to register. Seating is limited.
- December 6, 2018: Highway Safety Funding Guidelines Workshop for Grant Applicants.
- December 14, 2018 Application opens. The grant application must be completed using SCDPS Grants.
- February 1, 2019: Due Date for Grant Applications. All grant applications must be received electronically by the OHSJP by 5:00 PM on Friday, February 1, 2019. Applications received after the due date will not be considered.
- September 2019: FFY 2020 Grant Awards Issued with Funding Beginning October 1, 2019. Notification of Applicants Not Approved for Funding.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Office of Highway Safety and Justice Programs (OHSJP), early in the process, for assistance and guidance in completing and submitting grant applications (e.g., forming appropriate project goals, objectives, evaluation measures, etc.).

Grants are distributed on a reimbursement basis.

Grant applications are 100% federally funded for FFY 2020. No cash match is required for any eligible applicant.

Eligible Areas of Funding:

Highway Safety Grant Cycle:

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

To register for the Funding Guidelines Workshop, please contact:
Ms. Katrina Larry
(803) 896-9950

The OHSJP staff can be reached toll free at 1-877-349-7187.

Any supporting documents and/or appendices to the application may be uploaded as an attachment or mailed to the following address:
Ms. Cheryl W. Worrell, Grants Administration Manager
SC Department of Public Safety
Office of Highway Safety and Justice Programs
Post Office Box 1993
Blythewood, SC 29016

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USA: South Carolina