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Grants and In-Kind Support to USA and Canada Nonprofits, Agencies, and Tribes for Educational Programs Related to Child Car Safety

Community Grant

GrantWatch ID# 200826
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
Buckle Up for Life, Toyota, and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Array ( [0] => Virgin Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: Virgin Islands (USA);
Canada:Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/28/23 8:00 PM EST Save

Grant Description
Grants and in-kind support to USA and Canada nonprofit organizations, agencies, and Tribal Nations for educational programs related to child car safety. The purpose of this program is to decrease the rate of car-related deaths and injuries. Funding is intended to help at-risk populations with a special emphasis on Hispanic and African American communities.

The program’s success is based on its comprehensive and culturally sensitive approach—one that draws on pre-existing community relationships. The program’s goal is to increase the use of motor-vehicle restraints and to instill a culture of health and safety.

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center will provide program training, support, and oversight throughout the grant year.

Minimum Expectations: Ideal grant partners will provide multiple educational sessions, and will distribute free car seats to families in need, to serve as many families as possible—surpassing the program's minimum output expectations as outlined for each available funding level.


Buckle Up for Life provides all the materials, including handouts and audiovisual aids necessary for an injury prevention professional to deliver age appropriate one-hour presentations to the following audiences:

  • Adults – this presentation focuses on crash dynamics, seat belts, distracted driving, and child-passenger safety.
  • Teens – this presentation focuses on crash dynamics, seat belts, and sound decision-making.
  • Children – this presentation focuses on three main topics: the importance of restraints, where to sit in a car, and proper passenger behavior.

Education Requirements:

  • Each agency must provide child passenger safety education with each car seat distributed.
  • Partners must use approved Buckle Up for Life curricula, as provided.
  • Education must be provided by a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST).
  • Education can be provided via virtual presentations when social distancing guidelines are in place.
  • Tableside interactions (e.g., handing out flyers) with families at community events such as health fairs cannot be counted towards education requirements.

­Car Seat Checks and Distribution Requirements:

  • Car seats must be installed with the assistance of a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST).
  • Car seats may be distributed at the agency’s discretion—although the focus should be on at-risk populations. Each agency may assess and determine local need.
  • Car seats provided by Buckle Up for Life must be given away to selected families for FREE. Seats may not be sold.  Donations for seats provided by Buckle Up for Life may not be accepted.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Grants will be awarded to qualified tax-exempt nonprofit organizations as determined under section 501(c)(3) or 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code; or to public service agencies (e.g., fire/police departments, local health departments, etc.); or to Federally Recognized Tribal Nations.

Applying institutions must be located in and must operate in North America.

Funding is limited to two consecutive Community Grant cycles per institution. Institutions who are in their second consecutive year of funding may choose to sit out a year, or may apply for another Buckle Up for Life partnership. After a one-year break from the Community Grant, these institutions may then re-apply.

Applying institutions must have an injury prevention program with a certified child passenger safety technician (CPST) on staff and should be able to provide a contingency plan for implementing the program during the pandemic if needed.

Applying institutions must have strong partnerships in their local communities. Staff working on Buckle up for Life/Abróchate a la Vida program must have strong social and networking skills.

Applying institutions would also benefit from having at least one bilingual or multilingual professional on staff to meet the needs of their community.

Buckle Up for Life is designed as a community intervention, not as a research project. It has been exempted by Cincinnati Children’s Institutional Review Board.

Neither Cincinnati Children’s nor Toyota provide liability insurance coverage for Buckle Up for Life partners and affiliates.

Pre-Application Information
Application period open from January 16, 2023 through February 28, 2023, 8:00 PM EST

To apply, organizations must pre-qualify using the link on the Full Grant Text RFP button. Eligible organizations will then be re-directed to the fillable PDF application.

Estimated Size of Grant
Community Grant Total Amounts: $15,000 or $25,000.
For a full chart of Funding Levels, see the Full Grant Text RFP button.

Term of Contract
August 1, 2023 to July 31, 2024.

Contact Information
To begin the application process, click the "Prequalify Now" button on the Full Grant Text RFP button.

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