State and Community Highway Safety
To provide a coordinated national highway safety program to reduce traffic crashes, deaths, injuries, and property damage.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
A - Formula Grants
Fiscal Year 2016
States are using these funds for staffing, training in all aspects of highway safety, equipment purchases, media and awareness campaigns for traffic safety programs.Fiscal Year 2018
States used these funds to conduct programmatic assessments. Assessments, based on programmatic guidelines, are conducted by a group of peers to assess their strengths, weaknesses, and to provide recommendations for enhancements. States also used funds to provide grants to sub-recipients to assist with the conduct of project proposals, conduct enforcement activities, and to collect and review crash data in order to conduct enforcement in areas where additional efforts are needed based on problem identification.
Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (P.L. 112-141), Title I- Motor Vehicle and Highway Safety Improvement Act of 2012, Section 31105, Title Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), Public Law 114-94, 23 U.S.C. 402
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
States, federally recognized Indian tribes, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Marianas, and the Virgin Islands.
Political subdivisions, through the State Highway Safety Agencies.
Performance plan approved by the agency is required and Highway Safety plan, certification statement, and Program Cost Summary. State Plan due date is July 1 for the formula grant program. 2 CFR Part 200, Cost Principles.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review. NHTSA Regional Administrators and FHWA Division Administrators review each State's Performance Plan and Highway Safety Plan. This program is exempt from the standard application forms required by the Government-wide Common Grant Rule for State, Local, and Indian Tribal Governments. Assistance from NHTSA and FHWA is continuously available to participants in this program.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Submission of Highway Safety Plan covering State and community highway safety activities for the year to NHTSA regional offices.
Awards are made by NHTSA Regional Administrators.
July 1, 2018 The Highway Safety Plan is the Application. It is due to the Regional Office by July 1. Highway Safety Plans must be submitted by July 1 each year.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 60 days. N/A
Appeals of decisions by NHTSA Regional Administrators are to the NHTSA Associate Administrator for Regional Operations and Program Delivery.
Each year, States submit Performance Plans and Highway Safety Plans as part of continuing formula grant program.
How are proposals selected?
The Federal/State relationship for the highway safety grant program is a partnership. Each State is given flexibility in the administration of its own highway safety program. Federal funds are obligated in support of a highway safety program based on problems identified by the State. States have latitude in determining projects upon which they spend their Federal monies.
How may assistance be used?
Formula grant funds may be used for problems identified within the nine national program areas of Alcohol and other Drug Countermeasures, Police Traffic Services, Occupant Protection, Traffic Records, Emergency Medical Services, Motorcycle Safety, Pedestrian/Bicycle Safety, Speed Control and Roadway Safety. Other program areas identified by a State as constituting a highway safety problem in that State, e.g., pupil transportation safety programs, may be eligible for Federal funding, as encompassing a major highway safety problem in the State and for which effective countermeasures have been identified. The law provides that at least 40 percent of these Federal funds apportioned to a State for any fiscal year will be expended by the political subdivisions of such State.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
States are required to submit an annual report within 90 days after the end of the fiscal year. The report should include an assessment of the State's progress in achieving performance targets as identified in the prior year HSP, a description of projects and activities funded and implemented along with the amount of Federal funds obligated and expended, mobilization participation, enforcement activities, citation information, and paid and earned media information.
Records relating to the program shall be retained for a period not less than 3 years from the date of submission of final financial report.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title 49 CFR Chapter 1240.11, 1240.12, 1240.13 Public Law Pub. L. 114-94
Matching is mandatory. 75 percent apportioned on total resident population; 25 percent apportioned against public road mileage in States. Federal share shall not exceed 80 percent or applicable sliding scale.
This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details. Additional Information:
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Federal share is reimbursed on claims submitted in vouchers covering costs incurred. All participants have converted to the Electronic Transfer of funds method. Funds placed under obligation are available until expended. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Lump.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Appendix IV of the Catalog for a listing of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration regional office addresses.
Jamie D. Pfister
1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., NRO-010
Washington, DC 20590 US
202 366 5424Fax:
202 366 7394
(Formula Grants (Apportionments)) FY 18$261,200,000.00; FY 19 est $270,400,000.00; FY 20 est $279,800,000.00; FY 17$252,300,000.00; FY 16$243,500,000.00; - (Formula Grants (Apportionments)) FY 18$278,297,649.00; FY 19 est $267,769,999.00; FY 20 est $279,800,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
FY 2018 $646,425 - $23,687,928
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
23 CFR Chapter II, State and Community Highway Safety Grant Program; Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices; Handbook of Highway Safety Design and Operating Practice, available from Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402. 23 U.S.C. 402 as amended by the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), Pub. L. 114-94.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016
States will utilize these funds for programs for CIOT, Driver Sober or get Ulled Over National Crackdown, Distracted Driving campaigns, Child Passenger safety campaigns, enforcement of traffic safety laws and other programs that will combat highway safety problems in their states based on problem identification. They can also fund projects to improve data gathering, sobriety checkpoints, training for law enforcement in occupant protection, impaired driving detection, motorcyclist safety, bicyclist and pedestrian safety awareness, and other highway safety-related issues. States will utilize these funds for programs for CIOT, Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over National Crackdown, Distracted Driving campaigns, Child Passenger safety campaigns, enforcement of traffic safety laws and other programs that will combat highway safety problems in their states based on problem identification. They can also fund projects to improve data gathering, sobriety checkpoints, training for law enforcement in occupant protection, impaired driving detection, motorcyclist safety, bicyclist and pedestrian safety awareness, and other highway safety-related issues.Fiscal Year 2017
Wisconsin used Section 402 funds for wage and fringe benefits for the grant manager supervisor, policy and program supervisor and 3 program associates. Data processing, training, travel, printing and postage costs were also included.Fiscal Year 2018
States use Section 402 funds for a variety of projects including funding law enforcement agencies for the Click It or Ticket national seat belt mobilization, the annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over alcohol impaired driving national crackdown, enforcement of distracted driving laws in the States, and enforcement activities and education programs to communities during National Child Passenger Safety Week.Fiscal Year 2019
States used these funds for a variety of traffic safety issues including motorcycle safety, pedestrian and bicyclist safety, enforcement of seat belt and child passenger safety laws, participation in the national Click It or Ticket seat belt mobilization, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over alcohol impaired driving crackdown, participation in Child Passenger Safety Week and Distracted Driving Week activities. States also provide education events such as inspection stations for assisting parents and caregivers in the proper installation of child safety seats.