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Office of Traffic Safety

A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety
 

Grants

Grant Programs

Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) Grant Program

The Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), seeks to award a grant to a 501C3 qualified non-profit or government entity to collaborate with local employers and school administrators to provide traffic safety programs that promote a safer traffic culture to employees, students, and families, and conduct outreach that supports law enforcement traffic safety campaigns.

The grant cycle will run from Oct. 1, 2020 –Sept. 30, 2021. Applicant organizations must have experience with employer, school, and community traffic safety outreach programs. Applicants must read the 2021 Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) Grant Request for Proposal (RFP). All 2021 NETS grant applications must be submitted through the Department of Public Safety’s E-Grants System beginning Tuesday, June 16 and by no later than 4:30 p.m., Thursday, July 30, 2020.

New E-grant users must apply for a username and password by clicking on the New User link. You will be given access by an administrator at DPS within a few business days. Questions on this RFP must be addressed to Gordy Pehrson no later than 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 30, 2020.   

Senior Driver Work Group Grant Program

The Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), seeks to award a grant to a 501C3 qualified non-profit or government entity to implement traffic safety activities with the objective of reducing crashes, injuries and deaths involving drivers age 65 and older. The grant cycle will run from Oct. 1, 2020 –Sept. 30, 2021. Applicant organizations should have knowledge and experience with senior driver traffic safety issues and effective outreach strategies. Applicants must read the 2021 Senior Driver Work Group Grant Request for Proposal (RFP). All 2021 Senior Driver Work Group grant applications must be submitted through the Department of Public Safety’s E-Grants System no later than 4:30 p.m., Friday, August 5, 2020.

New E-grant users must apply for a username and password by clicking on the New User link. You will be given access by an administrator at DPS within a few business days. Questions on this RFP must be addressed to Gordy Pehrson no later than 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 30, 2020.

2021 Multicultural Adult Driver Education Pilot Grant Program

The Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), seeks to award a grant to a 501C3 qualified non-profit or government entity to implement a pilot program to provide driver education for multicultural community drivers age 18 or older with the objective of reducing crashes, injuries and deaths. The grant cycle will run from October 1, 2020 –September 30, 2021.
Applicant organizations should have knowledge and experience with driver traffic safety, community outreach and driver education. Applicants must read the 2021 Multicultural Adult Driver Education Pilot Grant Request for Proposal (RFP).
All 2021 Multicultural Adult Driver Education Pilot grant applications must be submitted through the Department of Public Safety’s E-Grants System no later than 4:30 p.m., Thursday, July 30, 2020.
 

Enforcement Grant Program

The  Enforcement grant program provides federal funds to law enforcement agencies to conduct highly-visible, well publicized traffic safety enforcement campaigns. The grant funding will be used for overtime enforcement to address all traffic safety issues with an emphasis on impaired driving, occupant protection, speed and distracted driving. General information about the program can be found on the DPS Web site under Law Enforcement Partners. Questions? Contact Shannon Grabow, or (651) 201-7063.   

Safe Roads Grant Program

The Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), is seeking proposals from county coalitions to provide traffic safety education and outreach to local communities. The Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) Safe Roads Grant funding will provide resources to combat the largest traffic safety problems facing local communities in a partnership with law enforcement, engineering, emergency medical services, and education. Applicants must provide county-wide grant services and have at least one local law enforcement agency participating in the 2021 Enforcement Grant program.

The grant cycle will run from Oct. 1, 2020 –Sept. 30, 2021. Applicants must read the 2021 Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) Safe Roads Grant Request for Proposal (RFP). All 2021 Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) Safe Roads grant applications must be submitted through the Department of Public Safety’s E-Grants System beginning Tuesday, June 23 and by no later than 4:30 PM, Monday, August 3, 2020. New E-grant users must apply for a username and password by clicking on the New User link. You will be given access by an administrator at DPS within a few business days. Questions on this RFP must be addressed to Gordy Pehrson no later than 4:30 p.m., Thursday, June 25, 2020. 

The Safe Roads Grant program integrates the concepts of the statewide initiative by bringing together community stakeholders from education, engineering, emergency medical services and enforcement. Safe Roads grants focus on connecting crash data and statewide efforts with local collaborations and activities. It also makes use of research and evaluation studies that point to the activities and best practices for the greatest impact in reducing traffic deaths and serious injuries. For more information including approved grant activities, contact Gordy Pehrson.

Integrated Judicial and Administrative Ignition Interlock Program

Proposals were received from judicial districts and probation services within a county to pilot a judicial ignition interlock program that coordinates with the current administrative ignition interlock program. The program requires counties or judicial districts to expand the use of ignition interlock and use it as a tool for reducing impaired driving and increasing legal driving. For more information, contact Jane Landwehr at (651) 201-7074.

DWI Court Programs

This project supports judicial leadership in the development of DWI Courts for repeat DWI offenders.  The Minnesota Supreme Court and Office of Juvenile Justice Programs have dedicated state and federal grant funding for the implementation of Drug Courts which were used as a model for the DWI Courts.  The project will augment state, local and other federal funding to support judicially led court programs that follow the DWI Court model to supervise  high risk DWI offenders. For more information, contact Duane Siedschlag at (651) 201-7074.