01 28 Safe Communities for Illinois Grants
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) in partnership with the University of Illinois-School of Public Health (IDOT/UIC-SPH) has initiated the Safe Communities for Illinois (SCIL) program in response to the need to reduce traffic fatalities among Illinois drivers. SCIL provides a platform for communities to coalesce and share resources to implement traffic safety initiatives within Chicago communities. In 2012, 962 people lost their lives due to traffic crashes, and any single life lost is too many. That is why the Illinois Department of Transportation has set a statewide goal of Zero Roadway Fatalities.

The SCIL program reaches out to the top 37 high risk communities in Chicago to ensure they receive crucial educational information to assist in making life-saving decisions. The program primarily focuses on encouraging seat belt usage and discouraging impaired driving.

Your respective communities are encouraged to apply for the Safe Communities for Illinois (SCIL) Public Education and Traffic Safety Project Grant. These grants are designed to aid organizations in developing creative and comprehensive public safety education programs.

Attached is a brief fact sheet about SCIL and a Request for Application (RFA). Please review these items and eligibility requirements. If you should have any questions, please email, or visit our website for more information.


Request for Applications (RFA)

The Illinois Department of Transportation Division of Traffic Safety (IDOT/DTS) in collaboration with the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health (UIC-SPH) is accepting applications for Grants as part of Safe Communities for Illinois (SCIL)

SCIL is a public education and traffic safety project:

• To assist local communities in developing creative and comprehensive public education programs in at-risk neigh- borhoods where seat belt usage rates are lower and motor vehicle-related fatalities are higher than other communities.

• During three of IDOT’s major seat belt and alcohol campaigns and two elective campaigns, citizens take ownership for edu- cating at-risk populations with IDOT’s Click it or Ticket (CIOT) and Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over (DSOGPO) messages.

• Project Term: 7 month grant period beginning February 2014 through September 30, 2014.

Program Goals

• Reduce the number of vehicle injuries and fatalities among at-risk males ages 18-34 within the City of Chicago.

• Increase seat belt usage among males 18-34.

• Assist local agencies and communities to incorporate IDOT’s

traffic safety messages and programs into their current and

Important Dates 2014

January 27

RFA Release Date

January 31

Information Session at

UIC-SPH (Auditorium) 1603 W. Taylor St., Chicago, IL 10AM - Noon

February 14

Application Deadline 7PM CST

future community outreach activities.


• Local organizations including: civic organizations, non-profit organizations, public and private schools, colleges and universities, hospitals, health departments and local government agencies may apply.

February 24

Award Notification