The Safe Streets and Roads for All Grant Program

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The recent Bipartisan Infrastructure Law created a new grant program called Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A). Through this bill, $5 billion in funds have been allocated from 2022-2026 for regional, local, and Tribal initiatives through grants to prevent roadway deaths and serious injuries.

Two Types of Safe Streets and Roads for All Grants

The program supports two different types of grants. One for the development of comprehensive safety action plans. The other is to fund implementation actions identified within the comprehensive safety action plan to address a roadway safety problem. Provided below is content from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s website that differentiates the two types of grants further:

  • Planning and Demonstration Grants provide Federal funds to develop, complete, or supplement a comprehensive safety action plan. The goal of an Action Plan is to develop a holistic, well-defined strategy to prevent roadway fatalities and serious injuries in a locality, Tribe, or region. Planning and Demonstration Grants also fund supplemental planning and/or demonstration activities that inform the development of a new or existing Action Plan. The Department encourages including demonstration activities in an application.’

Examples of Planning and Demonstration Grant Projects

  • Implementation Grants provide Federal funds to implement projects and strategies identified in an Action Plan to address a roadway safety problem. Projects and strategies can be infrastructure, behavioral, and/or operational activities. Implementation Grants may also include demonstration activities, supplemental planning, and project-level planning, design, and development. Applicants must have an eligible Action Plan to apply for Implementation Grants. The Department encourages including demonstration activities in an application.

Examples of Implementation Grant Projects

Yes, Even Rural Communities are Encouraged to Apply

Unfortunately, many times rural communities are not even a consideration for these applications. But the Applicant Eligibility page of the program put rural communities at the top of their Additional Information about Applicant Eligibility section, stating:

“Rural communities are eligible and encouraged to apply.”

In federal FY22, the USDOT awarded $800 million in over 500 communities through the first round of grant funding. View all of the SS4A 2022 Awards.

Deadline of July 10, 2023

The deadline for applications is 5:00 p.m. (EDT) Monday, July 10, 2023. For more information on the grants available, check out the following links:

Read up on the grant information above and see if any are the right fit for your community.