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Road Safety Trust announces 2021 programme of funding

The Road Safety Trust has confirmed its 2021 Main Theme Programme will provide grants for projects that explore how technology can reduce road offending and improve road safety. The Road Safety Trust is the largest road safety grant giver in the UK – having awarded £3.7m to 49 different projects since 2014.

The Trust’s 2020 funding programme was postponed due to COVID-19 – but is being reinstated with the same theme for 2021.  Under the programme, applications will be welcomed from public, private and not-for-profit organisations, as well as registered charities, for grants of between £10k and £200k. In 2019 a total of £800,000 was awarded to grantees. The application process opens on 25 February 2021 – and will run until 19 April.

Sally Lines, chief executive of the Road Safety Trust (pictured below), said: “We had to postpone this round of funding in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but we are pleased to be able to re-introduce it for 2021.

“The use of developing and emerging technologies will have even more of an impact on the way we live in 2021.

“We would like to see a focus on the innovation that is happening throughout the UK and projects that demonstrate resilience to and take account of challenges relating to COVID-19. “We want to use this grant scheme to really explore and benefit from the use of technology to improve road safety and in turn help us work towards our vision of zero deaths and serious injuries on UK roads.“