Many communities are concerned with the cost of purchasing and installing radar speed display signs. Fortunately, the cost is generally not as high as anticipated, especially when you consider that the best signs are easy to install and relatively vandalism-proof to ensure they'll be working properly for a long time. Easy installation means less labor expense for having them put in, which cuts a great deal off the overall cost.
And of course the cost of the signs is generally easily offset by the savings in other ways, such as fewer accidents for law enforcement to have to respond to and the benefits that come with a lower overall traffic speed. The cost of the signs and installation can also be offset by things like grants that help cover the expenses.
The federal government gives out thousands and thousands of grants each year for many different reasons. New small businesses, single mothers and so many other people and organizations may qualify for a variety of different types of grants. Traffic safety is a category where grants are given for various purposes. A check through the easy to search website Grants.gov can help you find various programs that are designed to help with many different things including traffic safety.
Because the site is so vast, it can take some time to find the grants you're looking for. Patience and careful use of keywords chosen to describe what you're looking for can help. Using the advanced search options to narrow the results can help you spend less time finding appropriate programs.
Radar speed signs can be funded through other grants, too. One type that applies very well to traffic and public safety issues is the category of law enforcement grants. These are designed to protect citizens, whether from crime, unsafe conditions or traffic collisions. Pedestrian and driver safety could be cited as the safety issue in applying for many different types of law enforcement grants.
They key to finding appropriate grants and not wasting time and resources when applying is to make sure the grant really applies to your situation. If you're looking for grant money to help fund driver feedback signs in a school zone, aim for school safety grants first, then spread out to more general traffic safety grants.
Also, read the qualifications carefully, because some grants may be only for certain areas or specific types of items. A grant that is designed to help fund neighborhood watch activities, for instance, might not be a good choice for driver feedback signs unless traffic is one of the focus points mentioned in the grant description.
Local organizations that deal with community, traffic safety, school safety and other public issues may also offer grants or fund-raising opportunities to help pay for radar speed signs. Check your local Chamber of Commerce for information on organizations that might be able to help.
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