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Applications Open for Operation Lifesaver, Inc. Rail Transit Safety Education Grants

By Operation Lifesaver

WASHINGTON, DC, September 9, 2022 – Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI), today announced that the application period is open for its competitive Rail Transit Safety Education Grants. The grants offer a total of $200,000 in funding for transit agencies and government entities that provide transit service to conduct rail transit safety education and public awareness initiatives.

“Operation Lifesaver is pleased to open its 2022 call for applications for Rail Transit Safety Education Grants, which have helped transit agencies across the nation share the rail safety message since 2002,” said OLI Executive Director Rachel Maleh. “We are grateful to the Federal Transit Administration for the agency’s continuing support that helps make these grants, as well as our ongoing rail safety education and outreach efforts, possible.”

Maleh noted that grant amounts are capped at $20,000 and require non-federal matching funds of at least 25 percent of project costs. Projects must be focused on safety education or public awareness initiatives in communities with operating or planned rail transit systems (commuter rail, light rail, subway and streetcar). OLI must approve all materials created as part of the grant and all grants must be coordinated with state Operation Lifesaver programs. Contact information for State Coordinators throughout the U.S. is available at

All applications must be submitted via the Common Grant Application online grant processing program by October 17, 2022. Grant awards will be announced by December 1, 2022.

For detailed information on how to apply for the grant, required elements of the application and evaluation guidelines, click here.

To access the online application, click on one of the following links:

  • First-time Common Grant Application users click here to register.
  • Returning Common Grant Application users click here.  

Potential applicants seeking further details may contact Wende Corcoran at .


About Operation Lifesaver  

Operation Lifesaver, which this year celebrates the 50th anniversary of its founding in 1972, is a non-profit public safety education and awareness organization dedicated to reducing collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail crossings and preventing trespassing on or near railroad tracks. In 1986 the non-profit Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI) national office was created to help support and coordinate efforts of state Operation Lifesaver programs, saving lives by sharing rail safety messages with audiences across the U.S. and beyond. OLI programs are active in 47 states and the District of Columbia. A national network of trained volunteers gives free rail safety presentations encouraging safe behavior near tracks and trains. OLI’s free Railroad Investigation and Safety Course (RISC) provides critical information for first responders when managing incidents around tracks and trains. Learn more about OLI and Rail Safety Week; follow OLI on social media via Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube

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