State and Community Highway Safety

To provide a coordinated national highway safety program to reduce traffic crashes, deaths, injuries, and property damage.

Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: States will utilize these funds for programs for CIOT, Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over National Crackdown, Distracted Driving campaigns, Child Passenger safety campaigns, enforcement of traffic safety laws and other programs that will combat highway safety problems in their states based on problem identification.

They can also fund projects to improve data gathering, sobriety checkpoints, training for law enforcement in occupant protection, impaired driving detection, motorcyclist safety, bicyclist and pedestrian safety awareness, and other highway safety-related issues.

Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Agency - Department of Transportation

The Department of Transportation's mission is to ensure fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation that meets vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

See Appendix IV of the Catalog for a listing of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration regional office addresses.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Economic And Community Affairs, Alabama Department Of $ 338,899   2021-10-012025-09-30
Economic And Community Affairs, Alabama Department Of $ 6,041,986   2021-10-012025-09-30
District Of Columbia, Government Of $ 2,832,069   2021-10-012025-09-30
Indian Affairs, Bureau Of $ 7,552,183   2021-10-012025-09-30
Indian Affairs, Bureau Of $ 423,607   2021-10-012025-09-30
District Of Columbia, Government Of $ 158,853   2021-10-012025-09-30
Law & Public Safety, New Jersey Department Of $ 447,371   2021-10-012025-09-30
Law & Public Safety, New Jersey Department Of $ 7,975,857   2021-10-012025-09-30
Transportation, Kansas Department Of $ 5,314,620   2021-10-012025-09-30
Transportation, Kansas Department Of $ 298,101   2021-10-012025-09-30

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: States are using these funds for staffing, training in all aspects of highway safety, equipment purchases, media and awareness campaigns for traffic safety programs. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Formula grant funds may be used for problems identified within the ninenational program areas of Alcohol and other Drug Countermeasures, Police Traffic Services Occupant Protection, Traffic Records, Emergency Medical Services Motorcycle Safety, Pedestrian/Bicycle Safety, Speed Control and Roadway Safety.

Other program areas identified by a State as constituting a highway safety problem in that State, e.g., pupil transportation safety programs, may be eligible for Federal funding, as encompassing a major highway safety problem in the State and for which effective countermeasures have been identified.

The law provides that at least 40 percent of these Federal funds apportioned to a State for any fiscal year will be expended by the political subdivisions of such State.

The law provides that at least 40 percent of these Federal funds apportioned to a State for any fiscal year will be expended by the political subdivisions of such State.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

States, federally recognized Indian tribes, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Marianas, and the Virgin Islands.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Political subdivisions, through the State Highway Safety Agencies.


Performance plan approved by the agency is required and Highway Safety plan, certification statement, and Program Cost Summary. State Plan due date is July 1 for the formula grant program. 2 CFR Part 200, Cost Principles. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

NHTSA Regional Administrators and FHWA Division Administrators review each State's Performance Plan and Highway Safety Plan.

This program is exempt from the standard application forms required by the Government-wide Common Grant Rule for State, Local, and Indian Tribal Governments.

Assistance from NHTSA and FHWA is continuously available to participants in this program.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Submission of Highway Safety Plan covering State and community highway safety activities for the year to NHTSA regional offices.

Award Procedures

Awards are made by NHTSA Regional Administrators.


Jul 01, 2017: The Highway Safety Plan is the Application. It is due to the Regional Office by July 1. Highway Safety Plans must be submitted by July 1 each year.


Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (P.L. 112-141), Title I- Motor Vehicle and Highway Safety Improvement Act of 2012, Section 31105 , 23 U.S.C 402.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 30 to 60 days. N/A.


Appeals of decisions by NHTSA Regional Administrators are to the NHTSA Associate Administrator for Regional Operations and Program Delivery.


Each year, States submit Performance Plans and Highway Safety Plans as part of continuing formula grant program.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: Title 49 CFR, Chapter 1240.11, 1240.12, 1240.13. Matching Requirements: 75 percent apportioned on total resident population; 25 percent apportioned against public road mileage in States. Federal share shall not exceed 80 percent or applicable sliding scale. This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Federal share is reimbursed on claims submitted in vouchers covering costs incurred. All participants have converted to the Electronic Transfer of funds method. Funds placed under obligation are available until expended. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements


States are required to submit annual program reports to the Federal Highway Administration and to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

No cash reports are required.

Progress reports are not applicable.

SF-425, expenditure reports are done electronically in the NHTSA Grants Tracking System.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


Records relating to the program shall be retained for a period not less than 3 years from the date of submission of final financial report.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Formula Grants (Apportionments)) FY 16 $243,500,000; FY 17 est $252,300,000; and FY 18 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

23 CFR Chapter II, State and Community Highway Safety Grant Program; Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices; Handbook of Highway Safety Design and Operating Practice, available from Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. See Appendix IV of the Catalog for a listing of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration regional office addresses.

Headquarters Office

Mary D. Gunnels 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., NRO-010, Washington, District of Columbia 20590 Phone: (202) 366-2121.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The Federal/State relationship for the highway safety grant program is a partnership. Each State is given flexibility in the administration of its own highway safety program. Federal funds are obligated in support of a highway safety program based on problems identified by the State. States have latitude in determining projects upon which they spend their Federal monies.

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