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Grants to Massachusetts Police Departments
for Initiatives to Reduce Road Accidents

FFY 2023 Municipal Road Safety (MRS) Grant Program

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State

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Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) - Office of Grants and Research (OGR)

Conf. Date:

06/09/22

Deadline Date:

06/30/22 - Hard copy applications must be postmarked or hand-delivered by deadline date

Description:

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Grants to Massachusetts municipal police departments for activities that promote road safety. Funding is intended to support programs and purchases that help reduce and prevent traffic accidents, roadway crashes, fatalities, injuries, and resultant economic loss. The grant will provide funds for traffic enforcement, traffic enforcement equipment, pedestrian and bicyclist safety enforcement, pedestrian and bicyclist safety items, and non-enforcement safety activities.

The intended use of the Municipal Road Safety (MRS) Grant funds is to allow for the adaptation and enhancement of traditional traffic safety programs by addressing the expanding and evolving roles of local law enforcement departments, which require a comprehensive approach to keeping roads safe. This program  is designed to provide municipal police departments with a high level of flexibility in determining the best strategies to address local road safety issues. Choices include traditional enforcement campaigns, enforcement specifically focused on pedestrian and bicyclist concerns, alternatives for specific speed-related safety equipment, and the development of non-enforcement programs, enhancing officers' knowledge, skills, and abilities. These flexible alternatives ensure changing traffic safety trends are recognized, and new approaches are incorporated into road safety strategies.

All departments must help achieve this program's overall statewide goals, as outlined in the FFY 2023 Highway Safety Plan, which may be found at https://www.mass.gov/service-details/publicdocuments-and-statistics.

Program Elements:

  • Element 1: Traffic Safety
    • Includes high-visibility enforcement during 6 campaign periods, each targeting a specific traffic safety issue such as impaired driving, seatbelt usage, distracted driving, and speeding.
    • This Element also offers the opportunity to purchase specific equipment to enhance traffic enforcement efforts.
  • Element 2: Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety
    • Includes Ped & Bike enforcement during 7 monthly periods, which data has proven to be the most vulnerable to pedestrian and bicycle crashes and injuries.
    • This Element also offers the opportunity to purchase safety items and educational materials to enhance pedestrian and bicyclist safety.
  • Element 3: Non-Enforcement Safety Activities
    • Allows a department to develop and participate in innovative activities or work with nonprofit organizations and the like to promote road safety. It also includes officer training, education, and much more.

For more detailed information regarding the program elements, please see https://www.mass.gov/doc/ffy23-mrs-agf/download#page=8.

The MRS grant program will support High Visibility Enforcement (HVE), a proven countermeasure for road safety and an essential component in highway safety efforts. The program will provide optional funding flexibility allowing departments to implement nonenforcement strategies that will help instill beneficial changes in road user behavior.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 192411

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$5,000,000

Number of Grants:

Estimated number of awards for Tier 1: 25; Tier 2: 27; Tier 3: 40; Tier 4: 65

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Tier 1 (population greater than 40,000): Up to $65,000
- Tier 2 (population of 20,000 - 39,999): Up to $35,000
- Tier 3 (population of 12,000 to 19,999): Up to $30,000
- Tier 4 (population of less than 12,000): Up to $20,000

Term of Contract:

Contract Period: October 2022-September 15, 2023

Traffic Equipment and Safety Items must be delivered or paid for in full no later than April 30, 2023.

All awardees will be expected to begin services or program activities within 90 days of a contract being executed

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

These funds are only available to Massachusetts municipal police departments.

Unallowable traffic equipment includes but is not limited to:
- Single item purchase of $5,000 or more
- Warranty/service plans
- Cruiser-mounted Radar and LiDAR units
- Speed Radar and Message trailers
- Installation of radar signs
- Poles to install and later mount radar speed signs

Unallowable Activities:
- Any activity conducted on straight time or during a regular shift
- Travel time to or from an activity or training

For unallowable costs, see https://www.mass.gov/doc/ffy23-mrs-agf/download#page=21.

Pre-proposal Conference:

OGR will conduct a Technical Assistance or Bidder’s Virtual Workshop on June 8, 2022, at 10:00 am, and June 9, 2022, at 1:00 pm.

During the webinar, questions may be asked. Once the webinar has concluded, only written questions will be accepted.

A link to register for the workshop will be posted on the website (see URL for Full Text below).

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:
- AGF Posted June 1, 2022
- MRS Webinar/Workshop June 8 & June 9, 2022
- Application Template Due Date June 30, 2022
- Award Announcement (tentative) September 2022
- Contract Period October 2022-September 15, 2023

Two (2) Step Application Submission Process includes the following:
1. OGR requires one (1) unsigned version of the entire application and supporting documents submitted electronically on or before June 30, 2022.
2. OGR also requires two (2) hard copies, one (1) original signed and one (1) copy, of completed application packets to be received. Original signed application packets must be hand-delivered or submitted by certified mail and postmarked no later than June 30, 2022.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit the application package in both of the following ways:
1. By email to OGR.MRS@mass.gov.
2. By hand-delivery or by certified mail to:
Office of Grants and Research
ATTN: Highway Safety Division (MRS Grant)
10 Park Plaza, Suite 3720-A
Boston, MA 02116-3933

To finalize/confirm your application submission, please complete and submit the online Application Confirmation Form at:
https://www.mass.gov/forms/fy23-mrs-application-funding-application-confirmation-form

For more information about this grant, please email Richard Valeri at OGR.MRS@mass.gov.

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Massachusetts

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