About Highway Safety Office's Grants

Project Grants are available to organizations for traffic safety projects and activities. Applications for projects with the potential to impact the priority traffic safety areas are annually reviewed.


Funding assistance through mini-grants is also available to law enforcement for the following items: preliminary breath testing (PBT) units, radar units, in-car video cameras, and selective overtime enforcement. Law enforcement and other eligible non-profit organizations are also provided with funding assistance for car safety seats, traffic safety training/workshops/conferences, and public information and education activities.


Due to new federal guidelines, the NDOT-Highway Safety Office (HSO) is required to ensure all applicants are not suspended or debarred online at the federal official website System for Award Management (SAM), https://www.sam.gov/portal/SAM/#1

All agencies requesting funding assistance will need to be registered and current at the www.SAM.gov website. 

For additional information/instructions follow the “General Instruction for Registering in DUNS/SAM”.


The HSO Grant Proposal Cover and/or the Mini-Grant Applications will now require a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and a Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) Code.


Grant Contract Proposal Guide and Policies & Procedures

This Grant Contract Proposal Guide and Policies and Procedures incorporates the “Policies and Procedures” of the NDOT-HSO. Every state, county, community, law enforcement agency, organization, etc. eligible to receive federal funding through a project or mini-grant contract must read and comply with the guidelines outlined in this document. State, local, and federal rules and regulations also need to be complied with as outlined in the “audit” section, page 6 of the guide.



NHTSA Buy America Act Requirement 

Each item purchased with federal funds MUST meet the following:

The Buy America Act, 23 U.S.C. § 313, prohibits States from using highway grant funds under 23 U.S.C. Chapter 4 to purchase products, unless they are produced in the United States.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published the Buy America Act public interest waiver effective July 30, 2015, (Federal Register Vol. 80, No. 125, published June 30, 2015). This waiver allows the purchase of any manufactured product with a purchase price of $5,000 or less, excluding a motor vehicle when the product is purchased using Federal grant funds. However, no promotional items, such as key chains, etc. are allowed. Check with NDOT-HSO before ordering.

Contact the NDOT-HSO at 402-471-2515 if you have questions.



Fiscal Year 2019 Priority Counties

Projects or activities considered for funding assistance are aimed at reducing fatal and serious injury crashes within the traffic safety areas of alcohol, occupant protection, youth, and speed. Through crash data analysis, the following 23 counties and their communities have been identified as “Priority Counties” for fiscal year 2019 funding. Nebraska 2016 data will to be the most current data for FY2019 Plan. Data for State and Counties for 2012 thru 2016 can be found on the Traffic Records Data link below.



























Scotts Bluff







Nebraska and County Statistics - (2016 data will be used for FY2019)



Federal Documents Covering Highway Safety Grants for State, Local, and Indian Tribal Government -

All applicants/organizations who are awarded highway safety funding, must abide by all federal requirements which includes all applicable federal statutes, regulations, executive orders, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) guidelines, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and other federal requirements as referenced in the NHTSA Highway Safety Grant Management Resources. This website lists all associated federal regulations which are to be reviewed by the applicant. They are available on the website at: https://www.nhtsa.gov/highway-safety-grants-program/resources-guide


This website provides information to assist State and Federal professionals to manage highway safety grant programs administered by NHTSA. This resource includes the United States Codes, Code of Federal Regulations, and Office of Management and Budget Circulars. The regulations are listed in the Federal Regulations For All Grant Programs section.


The type of circular required by each agency is outlined below:


Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards - Part III - Office of Management and Budget - 23 CFR Chapter II, Subchapter A, Part 1200


For information on the following programs listed below click on: Title 2, Subtitle A, Chapter II, Part 200

  • Cost Principles for Educational Institutions
  • Cost Principles for State, Local, and Indian Tribal Governments
  • Cost Principles for Non-Profit Organizations
  • Uniform Administrative Requirements For Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments
  • Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Non-Profit Organizations
  • Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations


According to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 2 CFR Subpart F - Audit Requirements, a non-federal entity that expends $750,000 or more in a year in federal funds must provide a copy of their single audit to the NDOT-HSO for each federal fiscal year that federal funds were received. The audit must be submitted by August 1st of the following calendar year.