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Traffic safety grants

You can find grants offered by the Office of Grants and Research's Highway Safety Division listed below.

FFY 2021 Municipal Road Safety (MRS) Grant Program

The Office of Grants and Research (OGR) announces the availability of approximately $3,400,000 in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) grant funding in Federal Fiscal Year 2021 to municipal police departments within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  This grant is being made available to help reduce roadway crashes, injuries, fatalities, and their associated economic losses in Massachusetts.


Open to all Massachusetts municipal local police departments.

FFY21 MRS - List of Massachusetts Municipalities by Population


Key Dates

Application Posted:        September 17, 2020

Application Deadline:     October 14, 2020

Award Announcements:  On/about November 30, 2020

Grant Period End Date:   September 15, 2021

Thanks to all those who attended our earlier virtual workshops presenting an overview of the FFY21 Municipal Road Safety (MRS) Grant program.  In case you missed them, the workshop was recorded and you may view it by clicking on the following link:

Watch Recording    (Please note: you may want to fast forward to 28:36 which is about the time the power-point presentation started.)

The MRS grant will provide funds on a competitive basis to eligible local police departments for up to three elements of road safety – enforcement, equipment, and non-enforcement traffic safety activities.  Refer to the AGF for complete details. 

For questions pertaining to the grant program, please send an email to OGR.MRS@MASS.GOV.


Application Documents

FFY 2021 Municipal Road Safety AGF (Updated 10.29.20)

(All documents provided below MUST be included in submission packet)

FFY 2021 MRS Application (Updated 09.29.20)

FFY 2021 MRS Grant - Attachment B (Budget Worksheet)

FFY 2021 MRS Scope of Services

FFY 2021 MRS Subrecipient Grant Conditions (updated as of 09.30.20)


FFY 2021 MRS Authorized Signatory Form

FFY 2021 MRS A-133 Reporting Form

FFY 2021 MRS Risk Assessment Form


MRS Grant Questions

FFY 2021 MRS Grant - Frequently Asked Questions (updated 10.10.20)

Reporting Materials


FFY 2020 State Traffic Safety Information System Improvements Grant (Section 405c Funding)

The Office of Grants and Research (OGR) is the State Administering Agency for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Section 405(c) grant funding received annually by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  The primary intent of this grant opportunity is to help states improve the performance attributes of core traffic safety information systems.

OGR is issuing this competitive AGF with an anticipated total award amount of $1,300,000 being made available.

OGR seeks to provide Section 405(c) funding available in FFY 2020 from NHTSA for projects to improve the accessibility, accuracy, completeness, integration, timeliness, and/or uniformity (performance attributes) of one or more of the following six core traffic record systems of the Commonwealth: crash, roadway, vehicle, driver, citation/adjudication, and injury surveillance/EMS.

Improving these systems will enhance the ability of traffic record stakeholders to conduct problem identification, develop and implement projects, and evaluate project impact of local, state, and federal traffic safety programs.

Permissible projects could also evaluate the effectiveness of efforts to improve these six systems; link these systems with other appropriate state or federal data systems; improve compatibility and interoperability of state data systems with national systems and those in other states; and enhance an agency’s ability to observe and analyze national trends in crash occurrences, rates, outcomes, and circumstances.

Only units of state and local government or not-for-profit organizations in Massachusetts with a public purpose are eligible to apply for this funding. Private sector organizations are not eligible to receive this funding.

Key Dates

  • AGF Posted: January 31, 2020
  • **UPDATE** Letters of Intent Due: by 11:59 pm, March 20, 2020
  • Questions regarding AGF: by 11:59 pm, April 13, 2020
  • E-Applications Due: by 11:59 pm, April 16, 2020
  • Original, Signed Applications Due: by 4:30 pm, April 28, 2020
  • ETRCC Review of Projects: late May 2020
  • Anticipated Award Announcements: mid-June 2020
  • Anticipated Project Start Dates: Summer 2020

Application Materials & Project Webinar Information

FFY 2020 Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP)

The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, Office of Grants and Research, Highway Safety Division (EOPSS/OGR/HSD) announces the availability of approximately $980,000 in federal grant funding in Federal Fiscal Year 2020 for sixteen eligible municipal police departments within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for sustained high-visibility traffic enforcement. 


FFY 2020 STEP Eligible Departments and Maximum Award

Key Dates

AGF & Application Posted: November 20, 2019
Application Deadline: December 18, 2019 at 4:00pm EST
Award Announcements:        December/January
Grant Period End Date: September 15, 2020

For questions pertaining to this grant program, please contact Deb Firlit at or by phone at (617) 725-3356.

Reporting Forms and Additional Grant-Related Materials

Application Documents