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USDOT Mode and Resource Description: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

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NHTSA’s mission is to save lives, prevent injuries, and reduce economic costs due to road traffic crashes, through education, research, safety standards, and enforcement. Through enforcing vehicle performance standards and partnerships with State and local governments, NHTSA reduces deaths, injuries and economic losses from motor vehicle crashes.

911 Grant Program

The 911 Grant Program provides funding to support State and local efforts to deliver optimal 911 services. It is a joint program with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) within the Department of Commerce. The funding may be used for the implementation and operation of Next Generation 911 services, migration to an IP-enabled emergency network, and adoption and operation of Next Generation 911 services and applications.

The FY19 NOFO stated that there was a maximum possible award of $250,000 for eligible tribal organizations and a minimum of $500,000 for States. Applicants were required to provide a 40% funding match per FY19 NOFO guidance. 

State Notification to Consumers of Motor Vehicle Recall Status

The purpose of the State Notification to Consumers of Motor Vehicle Recall Status grant is to support the implementation of a statewide process for informing consumers of open motor vehicle recalls at the time of motor vehicle registration and evaluate its effect on recall completion.

In FY17, a similar program provided one award of $222,300 to the State of Maryland. Per the FY17 NOFO, applicants were not required to provide a funding match; however, preference was given to those that demonstrated cost sharing approaches in their application.

Additional NHTSA Resources

Refer to the following resources and links for support with NHTSA formula grant programs to State Offices of highway safety, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and other eligible recipients.  

Highway Safety Grant Programs | NHTSA maintains a webpage that orients visitors to the breadth of their programs and resources to support grant applicants. This includes a Resources Guide, Management Review Information, Grants Management Solutions Suite (GMSS) Administration System, and Safety Program Assessment tools. 

  • The Resources Guide provides information to assist State and Federal professionals to manage grant programs, including certification and assurances, equipment, planning, monitoring, and administration costs. 

Section 402 State and Community Grant Program and Section 405 National Priority Safety Program: |Each year, NHTSA distributes over $500 million in formula grant funds to 57 entities including States, the District of Columbia, Territories, Puerto Rico, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs to implement data-driven highway safety programs to address the individual needs of each jurisdiction, including rural regions of the country. Following careful analysis of their highway safety and other data, highway safety offices in these jurisdictions identify communities who can benefit from the funding available under these programs which can be used to address occupant protection, impaired driving, speed and other issues relevant to rural communities.  

Section 402 and Section 405 funding is awarded only to State offices of highway safety responsible for planning and implementing the programs, based on formulas as authorized by Congress. These offices are responsible for making awards to sub-recipients, the amounts of which vary by State. 

Last updated: Friday, February 26, 2021