OHSP Grant Funding Information

The OHSP receives funding requests for traffic safety programs and activities.  Many factors are considered when determining if a project will be funded.  The OHSP MUST ensure that the rules, regulations, and restrictions of the federal funding agency are adhered to in all our traffic safety programming. (See the Uniform Procedures for State Highway Safety Grant Programs – Subpart C.

Listed below are key resources to review and determine if a project/activity can potentially be funded by the OHSP:

A Guide for Effectively Partnering with State Highway Safety Offices https://www.ghsa.org/resources/partnering18

This guide identifies how organizations can collaborate with State Highway Safety Offices (SHSOs) to improve traffic safety outcomes. It explains how SHSOs operate; provides examples of partnership opportunities, both non-funded and funded; and includes a checklist for potential partners to reference as they work toward establishing relationships with SHSOs.

Core Performance Measures

https://www.ghsa.org/sites/default/files/publications/files/Perf-Measures-Rpt.pdf

The OHSP utilizes core performance measures to determine program progress and/or success.  The OHSP funded programs or activities must address at least one of these core performance measures.

Countermeasures that Work

https://www.ghsa.org/resources/countermeasures

“Countermeasures That Work: A Highway Safety Countermeasure Guide for State Highway Safety Offices” is a basic reference document which assists the OHSP in selecting effective, evidence-based countermeasures for several traffic safety program areas.

The OHSP Grant Management Requirements (GMRs)

The GMRs provide the programmatic, financial, and public information and education rules and regulations that must be followed by all agencies receiving funding. The FY20 GMRs can be found here.

Allowable/Unallowable Costs

The following provides information regarding allowable and unallowable costs for federal traffic safety funding sources:

Allowable/Unallowable Costs

MOST COMMON REASONS FOR NON-FUNDED PROJECTS

Below is a list of the most common reasons why projects/activities are not selected for funding.  This is not an all-inclusive list, but the most common ones:

  • The requesting agency is ineligible to be or is not registered at https://www.sam.gov/SAM/.
  • The proposal does not address any of the OHSP core performance measures.
  • The proposal does not sufficiently provide problem identification and/or how this program/activity will address the problem.
  • The proposal is to cover existing “general costs of business”.  The OHSP funding cannot be used to replace an agency/organizations’ existing budget items.
  • The proposal is for non-allowable expenses.
  • The requested funding exceeds what is available from the OHSP.