Funding available for neighborhoods to improve pedestrian safety

News Brief

March 24, 2021

CHAPEL HILL, NC – Funding is now available to communities interested in making their environment more “walkable” for residents.

The Highway Safety Research Center (HSRC) is seeking proposals from up to 10 communities or neighborhoods to pilot test the use of a newly developed guidebook on how to improve pedestrian safety in neighborhoods. Each selected site will be provided $2,000 as well as technical assistance from pedestrian safety experts. To download the RFP, please visit

Only government agencies and other not-for-profit organizations and neighborhood groups (such as PTAs, homeowner’s associations, advocacy groups, etc.) are eligible to apply. Project funds are not payable to individuals.

HSRC will conduct a pre-award conference call on Friday, May 1, 2021 at 1 PM ET to offer applicants an overview of the RFP as well as answer questions from applicants. To register for the call, please visit

Completed proposals are due Friday May 29, 2021 by 5 PM ET. Applicants should use the Web-based submission process available at HSRC anticipates selecting the awarded communities in mid- July 2009.

Funding for this project is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). HSRC received funding from NHTSA to pilot test A Resident’s Guide for Creating Safe and Walkable Communities. The guide, developed with funding from the Federal Highway Administration, is designed to be used by anyone who is looking for ways to improve the pedestrian safety and walkability of their neighborhood, whether they are just beginning to learn about pedestrian safety or are already part of an established community safety group.