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GEM Road Safety Charity is inviting applicants to receive grants of up to £10,000 for road safety projects.

Charity trustees are inviting applications from community groups, registered charities, professional bodies, road safety organisations, partnerships, schools and colleges. Projects can include anything ranging from research to educational initiatives, and should demonstrate a ‘clear road safety benefit to the wider community at a regional or national level.’

Specifically, GEM is searching for submissions with an awareness of the bigger picture, sector knowledge and expertise, commitment to sharing and learning, a proven track record, and direct benefits to a particular group, such as vulnerable road users.

The charity, launched by GEM Motoring Assist, aims to reduce the number of serious injuries and fatalities on UK roads and has funded several safety projects that have worked toward this goal since its establishment.

Examples of successfully funded work include the EDWARD (Every Day Without A Road Death) project, and Blue Light Aware, a video resource providing road users with tips on how to stay safe and legal when assisting an emergency vehicle.

Other schemes backed by GEM include In-Car VR from the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership, Looking Out for Laura with the British Horse Society, Should I Drive with the ASCERT charity and the PACTS report about ‘roads policing and its contribution to road safety.’

Laura Ward, chair of GEM Road Safety Charity, discusses what will make a successful application: “The trustees need to know that an applicant has a clear understanding of the issue to be addressed, including a workable plan, a realistic budget, a simple evaluation and an opportunity to sustain the messages over many years.

“So, if you are going to apply, please make sure you include clear evidence of your project’s road safety benefit, and of the proposed wider impact, as well as a robust evaluation mechanism. If your proposal can satisfy these (and other) requirements, and you can show how you will keep people safe on our roads, then you will find the trustees enthusiastic to discuss how they may be able to assist you.”

The deadline for applications is the 31st of January 2024 and more information can be found on the newly launched website.

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