The Idaho Department of Transportation's Office of Highway Safety (OHS) funds grants addressing specific traffic safety priority areas including Impaired Driving, Aggressive Driving, Distracted Driving, Occupant Protection, Child Passenger Safety, Motorcycle Safety, Youthful Drivers and Traffic Records. Grants may be awarded for assisting the OHS in addressing traffic safety deficiencies, expansion of an ongoing activity, development of a new program, and prevention or intervention efforts.
In FY 2020, OHS gave priority to the following highway safety projects:
Highway safety grants are intended to provide the seed money” to begin new programs, much like start-up capital is to a new business. All grant-funded projects are intended to become self-sufficient when grant funding terminates and are expected to continue to operate with local or state funds.
Applications were to be submitted by February 26, 2021. A similar deadline is anticipated annually.
Award amounts vary based on program area. To promote self-sufficiency and project continuation, agencies are expected to provide a local match of 25%. Proposed projects may extend up to 12-months, starting October 1, 2021.