Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road Safety

Organisation: Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road Safety

Apply By:  19/06/2018

The Road Safety Grants Programme has supported organizations advocating for the adoption and implementation of evidence-based policies to protect road users since 2012.

The grants programme is supported by the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety. In 2010, Bloomberg Philanthropies launched the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS) to reduce road traffic deaths and injuries. A competitively awarded grants programme is an important part of the initiative. The Road Safety Grants Programme is managed by the Global Road Safety Partnership, one of the eight implementing partners of the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety, and supports projects to develop and deliver high-impact, evidence-based road safety interventions designed to strengthen road safety policies and their implementation.


Who can apply for a grant?

  • Governmental and non-governmental organizations based in eligible countries and cities can apply for grants within the following parameters:
  • Governmental organizations with relevant authority over road safety policy and/ or its implementation. Road police and military agencies are not eligible to apply.
  • Non-governmental organizations (including but not limited to civil society organizations and educational institutions) with relevant advocacy experience on policy reform/and or its implementation


  • Applicants must be registered legal entities in the country of project delivery, capable of entering into contractual arrangements, receiving foreign funds, and assuming legal and financial obligations.
  • Applicants cannot be recipients of financial support from alcohol, firearms, pornography, or tobacco industries.
  • The Road Safety Grants Programme does not fund individuals.
  • If you are a current grantee organization, please discuss development of Concept Note with your technical advisor.

What kind of projects will be funded?

Proposals must focus on policy reform or policy implementation that will lead to substantial reductions in road traffic injuries and deaths. The Road Safety Grants Programme supports organizations advocating for passage and implementation of comprehensive policies (legislation, regulations, standards, etc.) to address road safety behavioural risk factors. In particular:

  • Speed: A speed limit law with a maximum urban speed limit of 50km/h and the power of local authorities to reduce speed limits to ensure safe speeds locally.
  • Drink driving: A national drink-driving law based on Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of 0.05g/dl or lower for the general population and a BAC of 0.02g/dl or lower for novice drivers.
  • Helmets: A helmet law that applies to all drivers and passengers, on all roads and all engine types and requires the helmet to be fastened and which make reference to a particular helmet standard.
  • Seat-belts: A seat-belt law that applies to all private vehicle occupants on front and rear seats
  • Child restraints: A child restraint law based on age, weight or height and the existence of a law that applies age and height restrictions to child sitting in the front seat. The Road Safety Grants Programme also supports organizations to support the implementation of policies to address road safety behavioural risk factors. Some approaches might include:
  • Social marketing and media activities to raise public awareness of legislation and on-going enforcement of it.
  • Support efforts to adopt and implement effective regulations, such as helmet standards or child restraint standards
  • Support the development of an implementation plan, which might include organizing a multisectoral coordinating committee; advocate for establishment and allocation of a budget tha will ensure effective implementation.

How much funding can a project receive?

Proposals can be submitted for grants up to a maximum amount of 120,000 Swiss francs (CHF) for a  short-term, one-year or two-year project. Funding requests should be consistent with the scope and capacity of your organization. Cost reasonableness is a factor in the consideration of proposals.