Innovation Grants Program – Towards Safe Speeds (VIC)

The Innovation Grants Program provides one-off grants of up to $50,000 for road safety projects that can be delivered in a local community.

Love your community?
Want to be a change maker?
You could receive up to $50,000 for an innovative idea.

The time is now to apply for a 2017/18 VicRoads Innovation Grant: Towards Safe Speeds.

Up to $50,000 is on offer for local projects that address community knowledge, attitudes and behaviours related to safe speeds.

An extension of the Community Road Safety Grants program, these are designed to boost community road safety in unique and community focused ways and help us on our path Towards Zero.

All you need in an innovative idea and to partner up with a relevant organisation such as university or local council to help deliver the project.

We will provide the funding and expert help. Successful applicants will receive ongoing support from a regional road safety advisor, a dedicated Innovation Agent plus support from Behaviourworks Australia.

Applications are open from 9.00am Tuesday 18 April 2017 to 4.00pm Thursday 4 May 2017.

To read more or to apply, click here.

The 2017/2018 focus

In 2016, the road toll saw a rise in the number of deaths involving motorcycles, drivers and pedestrians, with a contributing factor being speed.

This year our focus is on safe speeds, and our ultimate goal is to influence individual behavioural change.

A key enabler for the Government in reaching its targets is through gaining safer travel speeds. This can be achieved by:

  • setting appropriate speed limits
  • encouraging motorists to travel at safe speeds that are right for the conditions
  • educating the community about how speed limits are set.

How to be a change maker

We want to partner with groups working in their local communities to bring to life an innovative road safety idea.

You can help by:

  • leading a project to drive a positive community conversation about safe speeds
  • changing community misconceptions about safer speeds (such as speed reductions dramatically increase travel times or understood linkages between low level speeding and road trauma risk)
  • building a greater understanding and acceptance about safe speeds
  • influencing behaviour change on our roads

As the eyes and ears of your community, you have valuable insight into the expectations your community has about road safety.

You also have the ability to influence and lead a positive community conversation about safe speeds and its connection to reducing road trauma and creating vibrant communities.

What does innovation mean?

We see innovation as ‘any change that adds value’. It’s about thinking outside the box to make things better for your community, and daring to do things differently.

The goal is to trial and evaluate a new approach towards safer speeds across the Victoria.

Some suggestions would be to leverage technology, run an interactive campaign, or test a community oriented program.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for an Innovation Grant you’ll need to speak to a VicRoads Community Road Safety Advisor about the scope of your project, and you must meet the following criteria:

  • have a demonstrated interest in road safety and links to your community
  • demonstrate that all funded activities will be delivered in Victoria, for Victorian residents
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN) or Australian Company Number (ACN), or show evidence you have applied for one
  • be a viable legal entity as defined by the ATO. You’ll be asked to provide copies of recent Audited Financial Statements to help support your claim of financial viability

Please note that Victorian Government departments or agencies cannot apply.

Assessment criteria

Your application will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Contribution to improving local community road safety
  • Evidence of need
  • Innovation
  • Value for money
  • Evidence of partnerships
  • Capacity to evaluate the project
  • Supports Towards Zero strategy

Funding exclusions

  • Projects that don’t contribute to the intent of the VicRoads Community Road Safety Innovation Grants program
  • Projects where the objectives are already delivered by an existing program
  • Projects that involve fundraising, prizes, competitions, awards or holding conferences and events
  • Overseas and interstate travel, accommodation and other expenses, attendance at conferences and trade exhibitions
  • Projects that profit another supplier
  • Purchase of equipment and vehicles
  • Projects that have already started
  • Costs of products or activities which are the core business of the organization

Project delivery timeframe

Grants are available for projects delivered from 1 July 2017.

Projects must be delivered and evaluated by 30 June 2018.

To read more or to apply, click here.