$2M in MCSAP High Priority grant funds available

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced an opportunity to apply for fiscal year 2010 Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program High Priority grant funding at www.grants.gov. FMCSA initially will consider funding for applications submitted by July 1, but if additional funding remains available, applications submitted after that date will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2010 provides grant funding for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) safety programs as authorized under the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users.

FMCSA’s notice announced the availability of about $2 million in unawarded FY 2010 funding for MCSAP High Priority projects. These funds are available for activities conducted by state agencies, local governments and organizations representing government agencies that use and train qualified officers and employees in coordination with state motor vehicle safety agencies. Post-secondary institutions of higher education also are eligible to receive funding. Applicants are encouraged to submit performance-based proposals that represent innovative strategies to support, enrich or evaluate CMV safety programs.

Priority for selection will be given to proposals with potential for nationwide implementation, such as programs that support the U.S. Department of Transportation’s continuing effort to combat distracted driving by CMV drivers; outreach that promotes safe driving practices by teen drivers around CMVs; and the development of a proof of concept, validating the Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks (TACT) evaluation component’s contribution to reducing CMV crash and fatality rates.