A £200,000 cashpot aimed at improving road safety in communities across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent is set to open for a final round of applications.

The Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership has so far benefited 60 schemes with a share of £150,000 since it was launched in 2017.

Now groups can apply for individual grants of up to £5,000 when the scheme opens to applications for the final time between March 1 and April 30, with £50,000 still left to be handed out.

The money can be spent on community-led projects that improve road safety, or increase public confidence in the safety of Staffordshire’s roads. Projects should aim to address an identified road safety issue which is of concern to the community.

Helen Fisher, Cabinet Member for Highways at Staffordshire County Council and Joint Chair of the Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership said: “Staffordshire has some of the safest roads in the country which is something we are proud of and have worked hard to achieve. We are always looking at new ways to improve road safety and we’re very pleased with the take up of the funding scheme by local communities. I would definitely encourage other groups who want to make a difference in their local community to consider applying for a grant. By working together we can help make our roads even safer.”

Grants starting from £100 up to £5,000 are available, and applications for the final round of funding are now being sought. Previous successful applications have included community speed watch schemes, school related road safety projects and digital speed indicator devices.”

For more details and to apply, visit http://www.staffssaferroads.co.uk/my-community/road-safety-grant-fund