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

By Operation Lifesaver

WASHINGTON, DC, July 1, 2024 – Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI), the national nonprofit rail safety education organization, today announced that the application period is open for its competitive Rail Transit Safety Education Grants. The grants offer a total of $190,000 in funding for transit agencies and government entities that provide transit service to conduct rail transit safety education and public awareness initiatives.

“These Rail Transit Safety Education Grants empower transit agencies nationwide to promote rail safety education in their communities," said OLI Executive Director Rachel Maleh. “I urge all transit agencies to consider applying. 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 September 1, 2024. Grant awards will be announced by October 15, 2024.

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, Inc. (OLI) is a national #RailSafetyEducation nonprofit dedicated to stopping track tragedies through public awareness and education campaigns as well as a national volunteer network that gives free presentations encouraging safe behavior near tracks and trains. OLI supports the efforts of 47 state programs and the District of Columbia in sharing the rail safety education message. Explore OLI's virtual library of rail safety materials on the website. Visit to learn more, take a rail safety pledge, request free presentations and volunteer. Follow OLI on social media via FacebookInstagramLinkedInPinterestX and YouTube.