GLEN BURNIE, MD (January 10, 2022) – The Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration's (MDOT MVA) Highway Safety Office is currently accepting grant applications for traffic safety programs and projects that can help reduce crashes, deaths and injuries on Maryland roadways. Now through February 25, 2022, applicants are invited to submit grant requests for programs and activities taking place between October 1, 2022, and September 30, 2023.
MDOT MVA's Highway Safety Office has two grant types available: law enforcement overtime grants and general highway safety grants. The general highway safety grants are available to eligible organizations, including state and local governments, nonprofits and institutes of higher education.
“Each year we look for new and innovative projects that will help us reach zero deaths on Maryland roadways," said MDOT MVA Administrator Chrissy Nizer, who also serves as Governor Larry Hogan's Highway Safety Representative. “Crashes are preventable. Year after year we see the same causes for crashes that result in fatalities and serious injuries, but we know if we continue to work with partners throughout the state, we will be able to save lives and reach our goal of zero fatalities."
Eligible projects must support and implement strategies outlined in the Maryland Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) and address the four E's of highway safety – education, enforcement, engineering and emergency medical services.
In 2021, the Hogan Administration awarded more than $12 million in grants for a variety of highway safety initiatives, including impaired driving prevention programs, local police enforcement efforts, and school-based education and awareness campaigns. Grant recipients can be viewed here.
“Losing just one life on Maryland roadways is unacceptable," said MDOT Secretary Greg Slater. “MDOT is committed to working to save lives by using a data-driven approach and our strong network of partners bringing innovative ideas to utilize these important grants."
MDOT MVA's Highway Safety Office administers grant-funded programs that address priority areas such as impaired driving prevention, occupant protection, aggressive and distracted driving prevention and safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, young drivers and senior drivers. Grant funds also can be awarded for projects that help improve the quality of traffic safety data. Eligible projects to improve the timeliness, accuracy, completeness, uniformity, integration, and accessibility of State crash, driver, vehicle, roadway, citation and adjudication, and injury surveillance databases must support and implement strategies outlined in the Maryland Traffic Records Strategic Plan (TRSP).
For information and to apply for a highway safety grant, click here or call 410-787-4050.
Learn more about the MDOT MVA's Highway Safety Office by visiting ZeroDeathsMD.gov or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @ZeroDeathsMD.