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Distracted Driving Enforcement Grant

Grants to Illinois Local Law Enforcement Agencies to Participate in a
Campaign Against Texting and Phone Usage While Driving

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Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) - Bureau of Safety Programs and Engineering (BSPE)

Deadline Date:

12/21/18 5:00 PM


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Grants to Illinois local law enforcement agencies to participate in a statewide campaign to increase awareness of laws prohibiting texting and mobile phone usage while driving. Funding is intended to reduce injuries and save lives through a month-long teaching and law enforcement campaign.

While enforcement of distracted driving laws is a particularly challenging undertaking for law enforcement, as laws have been strengthened, both the Illinois State Police and local Illinois law enforcement (police and sheriffs) have steadily increased the number of distracted driving citations issued to motorists. Law enforcement continues to pursue more innovative ways in which to enforce these laws. This distracted driving grant is intended to maximize the deterrent effect of Illinois' strong phone use laws.

The goal is to save lives and reduce injuries resulting from motor vehicle crashes by increasing the enforcement of Illinois' mobile phone and texting-while-driving laws and raising awareness of the presence of these laws.

To help accomplish this goal, the Distracted Driving Grant will fund efforts to emphasize distracted driving laws during the entire month of April to help advocate the guiding principles of National Distracted Driving awareness month. The distracted driving crackdown will feature officer hireback enforcement details allowing stepped-up enforcement of state distracted driving laws- in addition to other laws- combined with a comprehensive state-wide paid media effort exclusive to distracted driving.

This grant only allows for hireback personnel and indirect costs.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184777

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Number of Grants:

Anticipated Number of Awards: 95

Term of Contract:

Campaigns will take place in the month of April (April 1, 2019 to April 30, 2019).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This grant is for local law enforcement agencies only.

Prohibition on Using Grant Funds to Check for Helmet Usage: The State and each subrecipient will not use 23 U.S.C. Chapter 4 grant funds for programs to check helmet usage or to create checkpoints that specifically target motorcyclists.

Pre-Application Information:

An entity may not apply for a grant until the entity has registered and pre-qualified through the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) Grantee Portal. Each entity should check with their County or Municipalities' highest level (generally the treasurer, clerk, etc.) to see how they are currently registered in the GATA portal. Registration and pre-qualification are required annually. See here for registration information:

Each applicant (unless the applicant is an individual or Federal or State awarding agency that is exempt from the requirements under 2 CFR §25.110(b) or (c), or has an exception approved by the Federal or State awarding agency under 2 CFR § 25.110 (d) is required to:
(i) Be registered in SAM before submitting its application. To establish a SAM registration, go to and/ or utilize this instructional link: How to Register in SAM from the Resource Links tab. As of 6/11/18, entities registering in SAM must submit a notarized letter appointing their authorized Entity Administrator.
(ii) Provide a valid DUNS number in its application

Submission Dates and Times:
Thursday, 11/01/18 - Friday, 12/21/18 at 5:00 p.m

Anticipated Announcement and State Award Dates, if applicable:
Monday, 01/08/19 - Friday, 01/19/19 with a campaign date of Monday, 04/01/19 - Tuesday, 04/30/19.

Grantee must follow up within ten (10) business days of submitting their application if no confirmation email has been received. Failure to do so will result in forfeiture of possible grant funding.

Post-State award reporting requirements will be met by each agency submitting a BSPE 205 Mobilizations Data Collection form with the campaign worked. no claim reimbursement will be paid without a submitted BSPE 205.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Please submit all applications and accompanying documents to

Agency Contact:
Adam Gabany

GATA Compliance Contact:
Sarah Moore

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois