Latest GEM funding window for road safety applications closes on 31 December

Posted on November 12th, 2019 by GEM Motoring Assist

Neil Worth


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


The current funding window will remain open until Tuesday 31 December.


Since it was established in 1985, the Charity has funded many projects which have aimed to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on the UK’s roads.


The Charity Trustees are keen to encourage applications from community groups, registered charities, professional bodies, road safety organisations, partnerships, schools and colleges whose projects demonstrate a clear road safety benefit to the wider community at a regional or national level. This can include anything from educational initiatives through to research.


Previous examples of projects funded include:


  • The award-winning ‘The Honest Truth’ is a national charity that was founded following one such fatal collision in South Devon where three young people were killed. Working with driving instructors, road safety partnerships, police, fire and rescue services and the military, they provide quality road safety education. The Charity made a grant to The Honest Truth for the redevelopment of their resources, aimed at learner drivers and their parents.
  • A grant to the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership for its In-Car VR Project, an innovative 360-degree video aimed at young drivers and their passengers. Using behavioural change techniques, the film aims to highlight those risks and how they can be avoided to keep people safe on the roads.
  • Funding towards the production of Blue Light Aware, a video resource offering simple tips on how to stay safe and legal when assisting an emergency vehicle. The first award was made in 2011, and a second version is about to be launched.
  • A grant to TISPOL (The European Traffic Police Network) for its inaugural European Day Without A Road Death (Project EDWARD) in 2016. This was used to produce a selection of short safety videos and to host the inaugural seminar in Brussels. Project EDWARD won a Prince Michael International Road Safety award in December 2018.
  • Funding towards a research project examining the contribution of roads policing to casualty reduction in the UK.

Neil Worth, GEM road safety officer and clerk to the GEM Road Safety Charity, encourages would-be applicants to ensure they do their homework before putting in a request for funding. “More than ever, the Charity needs evidence that any award it makes will be used to support a well-researched identified need,” he says.


“Additionally, please 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.”


Further information on applying for one of our grants and an online application form can be found on our website


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