STRANGFORD DUP MLA and Deputy Chair of the Assembly’s Environment Committee has encouraged local community groups to apply for the Department of the Environment’s new Road Safety Grants.
The grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 are aimed at community groups who can devise projects, initiatives and activities that help to raise road safety in their area and reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries on our roads.
Simon Hamilton said, “Reducing the number of road accidents is an important priority. For too long, Northern Ireland experienced far too many fatalities on the roads and whilst recent years have seen a dramatic fall in road deaths, there is still scope for improvement.
“I think these new DOE Road Safety Grants are a great opportunity for community groups to make a contribution to improving road safety in their own local area. Communities will know themselves what will work in their area to raise awareness of risks on the road or projects that could reduce those risks. The scheme isn’t prescriptive about what projects can be funded so community groups are free to come up with innovative ideas that will work in their area.
“I would encourage any community group in our area that have identified road safety as a major issue of concern to local residents to apply for a DOE Road Safety Grant. The deadline for applications is 30th September so time is of the essence.
Application forms can be obtained from my advice centres in Comber or Saintfield or by visiting http://www.ctauk.org/cta-consultancy/roadsafetygrant.aspx “.