The State Safety Office reviews all concept papers for compliance with state and federal regulations. Concept papers that comply with these regulations are prioritized using the following criteria:
- Does the concept paper request satisfy a specific traffic safety need identified by the FDOT State Safety Office?
- Does the agency making the funding request serve a city/county ranked in the top 25% of its population group for the priority area in which funds are being requested according to the Florida Highway Safety Matrices?
- Does the crash data supplied in the concept paper’s “Statement of the Problem” document an existing traffic safety problem? (Citation data and survey results can also be used to document the problem.)
- How does this request for funding tie into the Strategic Highway Safety Plan (goals and objectivities)?
- If the agency was funded in the past, did it submit reports, invoices, and financial paperwork on a timely basis and implement the activities that were detailed in the subgrant agreement?
- Does the indirect cost rate requested significantly affect the proposed project’s ability to adequately address the traffic safety need?
The State Safety Office is required by NHTSA to evaluate and document the risk for each entity applying for federal subgrant funds prior to making an award. Each applicant is assessed for risk of noncompliance with federal and State statutes, federal and State regulations, terms and conditions of the subgrant as well as the applicant’s financial stability, quality of management systems, history of performance, single audit compliance, and prior audit findings, if applicable. If the applicant does pose a risk, but the proposal has merit, the State Safety Office may, as a condition of awarding subgrant funds, impose specific terms or conditions. This information is used to determine the appropriate level of monitoring if a subgrant is awarded.
Projects that are ultimately selected should provide the greatest impact to the high crash, high fatality, and high injury challenges that Florida faces. If concept papers are not received from those areas identified as high crash, high fatality, and high injury, the State Safety Office may directly solicit concepts from agencies within targeted high-risk areas.
Local subgrants are usually not funded for more than three consecutive years in a given priority area, however evaluation and selection is done on an annual basis, so there is no guarantee that a local subgrant will be funded consecutively or for more than one year.
Notifications as to whether a concept paper has been selected for inclusion is sent to the head of each agency between August and September. Agencies that are selected will receive further instructions on how to complete the Subgrant for Highway Safety Funds at that time.
The Florida Highway Safety Data Matrices were designed to provide traffic safety planners an objective, data-driven tool to rank traffic safety projects. Both counties and cities are divided into three population groups. The numbers in each matrix represents where counties or cities rank within their population group in a particular program area, with "1" representing the highest crash rate. The top 25% is highlighted in each population group by program area.
For additional information, please see the Highway Safety Matrix Information Sheet.
FISCAL YEAR 2022
(October 1, 2021 – September 30, 2022)
- County Matrix
- City Group 1 Matrix (Population 75,000+)
- City Group 2 Matrix (Population 15,000–74,999)
- City Group 3 Matrix (Population 3,000–14,999)
How to Submit a Concept Paper
Applying for Federal Highway Safety funds begins with registration in the Highway Traffic Safety Subgrant Management System.
The system link is: https://fdot.intelligrants.com
Registration is submitted by clinking the “New User” button on the home screen or by contacting your agency System Administrator to request access.
Hitting the “New User” button with take you to the registration page where you will enter your contact information.
Each organization must assign, at least one, with a maximum of two, Subrecipient System Administrators to coordinate access to the system and submit documents to the FDOT State Safety Office, on behalf of the agency. Subrecipient System Administrators may add access for other agency individuals to edit, view or submit concept papers.
A Subrecipient System Administrator Request Form must be completed and signed by the agency head or delegate to grant authority to allow completion and submission of concept papers. Completed forms should be sent to Danielle King at Danielle.King@dot.state.fl.us for processing.
Concept Paper Resources
Sample Concept Papers
- Sample Impaired Driving concept paper
- Sample Motorcycle Safety concept paper
- Sample Occupant Protection concept paper
- Sample Pedestrian/Bicycle Safety concept paper
- Sample Speed/Aggressive Driving concept paper
- Sample Teen Driver Safety concept paper
- Sample Teen Driver Safety (Law Enforcement)
- Sample Letter of Support
For more information contact Chris Craig @ (850) 414-4009
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Page updated: April 9, 2021