BC Vision Zero
in Road Safety
Our program provides up to $20,000 for each project aimed at protecting vulnerable road users, people who walk, cycle, or scoot, when they travel around their communities. Organizations can use these funds to make infrastructural improvements to roadways, enact policies or enforcement measures, launch educational campaigns, or carry out other innovative projects that make travelling safer and more equitable.
Who Can Apply?
- Local governments,
- Indigenous governments, and
- Non‐governmental organizations.*
What Projects Are Eligible For Funding?
- Projects that take place in British Columbia and on roads NOT under Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MoTI) jurisdiction;**
- Focus is on improving the safety of vulnerable road users;
- Aligns with Vision Zero principles of safe roads, safe speeds, and creating safe environments;
- Project activities and expenditures can be completed by March 31, 2025.
*This can include, but is not limited to: school districts, Parent Advisory Councils, road safety advocacy groups, Indigenous Friendship Centres, and charitable organizations.
**Projects involving MoTI right-of-ways are ineligible for funding. These are often, but not always, numbered highways and side roads outside of municipalities. If you have a road safety concern or project that falls on these roads, please contact email@example.com. If you are unsure whether your project involves a road under MoTI jurisdiction, please use the iMapBC tool. Instructions on navigating this website can be found on our FAQ page.
Vision Zero in Road Safety Program Webinar (November 2023)
Up to $20,000 per project
April 1, 2024 – March 31, 2025 (12 months)
Applicants may apply to one of two program streams.
Please refer to Our Projects page for examples of funded projects and their program stream.
Stream #1 is for the design and installation of low‐cost infrastructural improvements - temporary (pilot) or permanent changes - to roadways. Funds can be used to support costs associated with acquiring engineering department or local government administrator approval for construction-related projects. Implementation of these projects may also involve contributions from partner organizations (e.g., for professional services, labour, materials) to supplement this grant.
This stream can also include other project goals, such as enacting policies or other proven or innovative initiatives that address vulnerable road user safety.
Stream #2 funds projects that are led by Indigenous communities and governments. This aligns with BC Government’s commitment to reconciliation and working with Indigenous governments in a government‐to‐government relationship. Indigenous communities can set and direct their own priorities.
Stream #2 grants may include any items listed under Stream #1. It can also extend to other Indigenous‐led road safety priorities, such as road safety planning, driver training, impaired driving, community consultations, stakeholder engagement, public awareness, a bike-share program, etc.
Successful projects can receive up to $20,000 in funding dependent on its scope and its alignment with the program's principles and goals.
Larger funding amounts are likely to be considered if:
- The project is expected to benefit a large number of people;
- At least one partnership has been secured that offers additional financial contributions; or
- A strong implementation and evaluation plan has been created, and the applicant has sufficient expertise to execute the project successfully.
Funding will not be provided for:
- Profit‐making activities, programs, and/or projects;
- Cash prizes;
- Purchases of alcohol and/or other drugs; and
- Ongoing operating expenses for established programs or projects.
Grant recipients will be required to complete a midpoint check-in in September 2024, submit a final project evaluation report in April 2025, and applicable photos and communication materials to be uploaded on Vision Zero BC.
All applications must be submitted online using the applicant portal. The deadline to apply is January 15, 2024 at 3:00PM PST.
Applicants will now have the option to complete the application form in text or an alternative format, including videos, audio files, PowerPoint presentations, etc. If you would like to submit through alternative means, please contact the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit (firstname.lastname@example.org) first.
For More Information
- Application Scoring Guide - the guide used to score all Vision Zero applications
- Community Evaluation Manual (in development)
- FAQ page - a list of frequently asked questions by past grant applicants
- Resources page - a list of road safety resources and links to other road safety funding
We welcome you to contact us at email@example.com regarding your Vision Zero application questions including, but not limited to:
- Submitting multiple applications
- Uncertainty if your project meets the requirement
- Extra support needed for submission
- Additional clarity on the grant process
Our team will then connect you with the respective grant lead for your region.
Our regional grant leads will also be hosting office hours where you can drop by and chat about your project ideas, application form and more. Please sign up for the session(s) associated with your health authority. Office hours will be held via Microsoft Teams or Zoom. For those without access to internet, phone calls can also be requested.