Tuesday, June 10, 2014

OLI: Safety Education Grant applications sought

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Operation Lifesaver, Inc. said Tuesday, June 10, 2014, that the application period is now open for a total of $150,000 in grant funds for transit agencies and other local governmental entities for rail transit safety education and public awareness initiatives.

"With the recent unprecedented growth in the number of new rail transit systems and transit ridership, safety is of paramount importance," said OLI President and CEO Joyce Rose. "Operation Lifesaver's public information, education and outreach model is a proven, effective way to improve safety around transit systems."

Rose said grant amounts are capped at $25,000 and require a 25% match. Projects must be focused on safety education or public awareness initiatives in communities with rail transit systems (commuter rail, light rail, subway and streetcar). OLI-approved materials and OLI logos must be used, and all grants must be coordinated through state Operation Lifesaver programs.

State Coordinators for every U.S. state can be contacted here.

All applications must be submitted via OLI’s Common Grant Application online grant processing program by Friday, July 11, 2014.  For those not familiar with using the online grant application system, a series of training webinars have been scheduled and potential applicants are encouraged to register and participate in one of these webinars.

“Operation Lifesaver is grateful to the Federal Transit Administration for the agency’s ongoing support that helps make these grants, as well as other OLI popular campaigns such as our recently launched See Tracks? Think Train! campaign possible,” Rose said.

All relevant information about the 2014 grants, including the link to the online application, is now available here.

For additional information or questions, please contact OLI National Transit Safety Education Consultant Cathy Gillen, Tel.: 443-463-4449; Email: cathy@thegillengroup.com.