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Car Seat Distribution Program

In-Kind Support to Massachusetts Nonprofits,
Agencies, and Hospitals to Improve Child Safety

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Commonwealth of Massachusetts - Executive Office of Public Safety and Security - Office of Grants and Research

Deadline Date:

06/10/21 5:00 PM EST - Receipt


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In-kind support to Massachusetts nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and nonprofit hospitals to improve child safety. The program will provide car seats to families in need. Funding is intended to reduce automotive-related injuries and fatalities by ensuring that families in economic need are provided with free car seats and education on their proper installation and usage.

Awarded applicants will be provided with car seats for distribution to families in need by certified child passenger safety (CPS) technicians at inspection stations and/or checkup events. This program, funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), aims to reduce child passenger injuries and fatalities by ensuring low-income families are provided with free car seats and education on their proper installation and usage. 

Distribution of Seats

  • This opportunity is not intended to be a general giveaway/free-for-all to the general public. Selected car seat recipients are required to make substantial efforts to ensure seats go to low-income families. These efforts may involve partnering with local organizations, including but not limited to food pantries, shelters, churches, Head Start programs, neighborhood health centers, public housing authorities, and Women, Infants, & Children (WIC) offices. 
  • Seats must be installed into vehicles by, or with the help of, certified technicians unless the caregiver does not own a vehicle and intends on using the seat for travel in someone else’s vehicle. In which case, the technician may provide a pre-registered and unboxed seat to the caregiver and give as much instruction as possible on its proper installation. A check form must still be filled out, with liability statement signed by the caregiver in such cases.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 196401

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each applicant may submit an order valued at up to $7,500.

Term of Contract:

All seats must be delivered by August 20, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Massachusetts municipal agencies, state agencies, not-for-profit hospitals, and 501 (c)(3) organizations that serve children and/or families that meet all of the requirements below are eligible to apply to receive free car seats. Applicants must:
- Have at least one certified CPS technician on staff who is currently completing in-person seat checks for your organization. Technicians must either be publicly listed on or submit their Safe Kids Certification Confirmation for verification purposes.
- Develop an outreach plan to notify low-income families in their coverage area about the availability of car seats and their technicians’ ability to assist with the installation.
- Be a registered user of the National Digital Car Seat Check Form (NDCF). Applicants that have yet to create an account can do so here:
- Have an employee seat belt policy

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:
- Solicitation Posted: May 20, 2021
- Solicitation Questions: By June 2, 2021
- Solicitation Answers Posted: June 4, 2021
- Due Date: June 10, 2021 at 5:00 Pm
- Award Announcements: June-July 2021
- Seats Delivered: July 2021

Completed application packet must be received at OGR by June 10, 2021 at 5pm EST.

Contact Information:

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

A complete application packet must be submitted via either U.S. Postal Service (USPS), United Parcel Service (UPS), or FedEx to the address below:

Office of Grants and Research
ATTN: John Fabiano
10 Park Plaza, Suite 3720-A
Boston, MA 02116

A complete application packet must also be emailed to

Written questions regarding this solicitation may be submitted via email to John Fabiano, OGR Program Coordinator. Phone inquiries will not be accepted.

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