The Delaware Office of Highway Safety provides grants to programs/activities which are designed to reduce the number of fatalities, and/or injuries from traffic crashes on Delaware roadways. Local governments, law enforcement agencies, academic institutions, and private non-profits can apply for grant funds that address behavioral highway traffic safety issues related to:

  • Distracted Driving
  • Impaired Driving
  • Motorcycle Safety
  • Occupant Protection – Seat belt usage and Child Passenger Safety
  • Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety
  • Speed
  • Teen Driving
  • Traffic Records
  • Older Driver Safety
  • Other

Your proposal should demonstrate a sound problem identification based on statistics within your jurisdiction as well as how you will measure the success of your project.

  • Proposals should demonstrate the promising nature of the countermeasure by describing the implementation approach, citing the evidence of effectiveness or identifying how effectiveness will be evaluated, and/or discussing how the project fills a gap or addresses existing disparities in traffic safety.
  • Proposed projects should have measurable objectives and generalizable results. That is, projects should demonstrate approaches that could be replicated in other locations or scaled up to a broader level.

Eligibility

  • Applicant must be a non-profit organization or other entity such as community groups or churches. Individuals cannot apply.
  • Government entities and academic institutions are also eligible.
  • Proposed projects must occur within Delaware.

Funding

  • Organizations may apply for a maximum one year grant, expiring at the end of the federal fiscal year.
  • Supplanting is prohibited. "Supplanting" is defined as the "Use of Federal funds to support personnel or an activity that is already supported (paid for) by any other funds".
  • Proposals selected will be reimbursed for mutually agreed grant expenses with pertinent objective evidence supplied as proof of work.
  • Awarded grants are contingent upon the availability of funds.

Timeline

  • OHS accepts project funding proposals at any time during the calendar year.
  • Grant work will have an expected completion date on or before the end of the federal fiscal year, September 30th of each year, or as established within the project agreement.

Reporting

  • Proposals selected will be required to submit monthly and/or quarterly reports and documentation showing that objectives have been met.
    • Documentation will show objectives that have been met, time spent, and expenses incurred for grant activity.
    • Grantees will submit monthly invoices along with required documentation for reimbursement.

Review Committee

  • All submissions will undergo a technical review by the Office of Highway Safety Selection Committee for consideration.

Award Information

  • Award amounts may vary and will be based on the project needs and availability of funds.

How to Submit a Proposal

Project proposals must be submitted through our electronic grant system. For questions, technical assistance and to request a userID and password, contact:

Delaware Office of Highway Safety
DSHS_OHS@delaware.gov
(302) 744-2740