Successful applicants to the road safety body could get up to £10,000.

Road safety charity GEM is offering up to £10,000 in grants for road safety projects. Since being established in 1985, GEM has funded a number of initiatives aimed at improving road safety and reducing injuries and deaths on the roads.

The charity is now calling for community groups, registered charities, foundations, professional bodies, road safety organisations, partnerships, schools and colleges to demonstrate projects that show a clear road safety benefit to the wider community at a regional or national level.

'The charity, quite rightly, needs evidence that any grant it awards will be used to support a well-researched identified need,' said GEM road safety officer and clerk to the GEM road safety charity Neil Worth, urging potential applicants to read through the charity's guidelines before applying for a grant.

'Not surprisingly, there should also be clear evidence of a project’s road safety benefit, and of the proposed wider impact, as well as a robust evaluation mechanism,' he added. 'If your proposal can satisfy these and other requirements, and you can show how you will keep people safe on our roads, then you will find the trustees enthusiastic to discuss how they may be able to assist you.'

Previous examples funded by GEM's charity have included:

  • A grant to Tispol (The European Traffic Police Network) for its first European Day Without A Road Death (Project Edward) which was used to produce a selection of short safety videos and to host the inaugural seminar, which was held in Brussels on 21 September 2016
  • Support for the Hampshire Older Driver’s Forum, for the production of a video assisting those attending a Mobility Centre assessment
  • Funding towards a new website for the Cycle Smart Foundation
  • A grant to the Police Foundation, towards the cost of producing its new Roadcraft Online resource
  • Support for Serv (Service by Emergency Rider Volunteers) to help pay for advanced rider training, to help in their life-saving work of transporting blood, blood products and other urgent medical items between hospitals. 

Have you got an idea that will save lives on the road? Visit motoringassist.com/gemroadsafetycharity for more details.

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