Grants and bursaries of between £5,000 – £25,000 are available for research, education and community projects with the aim of promoting and securing better and safer roads in terms of design, engineering and aesthetics including enhancements of the experience of road users. Funded activity includes courses leading to qualifications related to traffic engineering and transport planning, research projects and programmes or schemes to improve the highway network and the roadside environment, for example roadside parks and open spaces.
Deadlines for applications to the Rees Jeffries Road Fund are a little over two weeks before trustees’ meetings. The next meeting is the 4th February 2020.
The Rees Jeffries Road Fund Grants awards grants that echo the Charitable Objects of the Fund which are:
- To contribute to the cost of lectures, studies and scholarship calculated to foster the improvement of design and layout of public highways and adjoining land
- To promote schemes for the provision of roadside parks and open spaces
- To encourage the improvement of existing and provision of additional public highways, bridges, tunnels, footpaths, verges, and cycleways…. to secure the maximum of safety and beauty.
Priority is given to projects which lie outside the scope of other funders such as government agencies and research councils. The Fund also welcomes applications that include contributions from other funders.
Eligible applicants include educational institutions, charities and social enterprises. There is no upper or lower limit for grant applications although grants most commonly fall in the range £5,000 – £25,000.
Grants awarded in 2018/19 included:
- CIHT: £10,000 towards an exhibition to promote Women in Transport
- SATRO: £2,500 to support work to help young people to be inspired and enthusiastic about their education and their future careers especially in the area of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM)
- Plantlife: £18,233 to develop a new national ‘best practice’ standard for the management of roadside verges.