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CHIRP Grant

Comprehensive Hoosier Highway Injury Reduction Program (CHIRP) Grant

Grant Status Open

ICJI's Traffic Safety Division’s FY2023 Comprehensive Hoosier Highway Injury Reduction Program (CHIRP) provides programs that can be comprehensively applied for in IntelliGrants. The program focuses federal funding assistance in areas that have a maximum probability of reducing death and injury on roadways. Indiana's emphasis areas are alcohol, drug impairment, speed, occupant protection and youth. Project activity should be directed toward one or more of these emphasis areas. Activity must focus on the reduction of fatal and serious injury crashes.

CHIRP Projects

There are seven grant projects under CHIRP:

  • Click It to Live It (CITLI) – Project period: 10/01/22 - 9/30/23

  • Driving Under the Influence Taskforce (DUITF) – Project period: 10/01/22 - 9/30/23

  • Vehicle Speed Enforcement Teams (VSET) – Project period: 10/01/22 - 9/30/23

  • Summer Impaired Driving Enforcement Project (SIDEP) – Project period: 05/01/23 – 09/30/23

  • Motorcycle High Visibility Awareness (MC-HVA) – Project period: 04/01/23 - 9/30/23

  • Young Operator Driving Education & Learning (Yodel) – Project period: 10/01/22 - 9/30/23

  • Non-Motorist (Ped-Bike) – Project period: 10/01/22 - 9/30/23

Eligibility

All law enforcement agencies are eligible to apply. Applicants must demonstrate a data driven problem identification for increased enforcement or education in their community, the willingness to commit to traffic safety priorities, and the ability to demonstrate quantifiable and measurable improvement of the identified problem.

Federal funds allocated to finance state and local government highway safety projects are intended to supplement, not be a substitute for, ongoing state or local program expenditures. Projects should be designed to eliminate a deficiency in an applicant agency's program or to expand an existing program.

The grant contract is October 1, 2022 – September 30, 2023. Grantees are encouraged to participate in all grant programs; however, applicants must be able to meet all the requirements. Applicants must select the grant programs when submitting proposals submitted via IntelliGrants. TSD has the right to refuse incomplete applications.

Reimbursable expenses must occur within the grant period, as allowable, reasonable, and are supported by documentation.

1. Administrative activities:

  • Costs are limited to 10% of the total funds expended for each project.
  • Completion of paperwork and reporting.
  • Public Information and Education costs.

2. Overtime Enforcement Costs:

  • Grant funds will reimburse the costs of the overtime salary of traffic enforcement officers.
  • Grantees awarded funding under CHIRP must conduct all overtime enforcement during the designated grant enforcement period.
  • All law enforcement agencies and Traffic Safety Partnerships (TSPs) who conduct traffic safety initiatives supported by funding provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and passed through the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) shall pay all law enforcement officers or personnel for work performed beyond their regular work period at an overtime reimbursement rate equivalent to the agency policy rate.
  • Overtime per hour cost is based on individual officer’s rate of pay, and recipients overtime policies.
  • TSD will not provide reimbursement to law enforcement agencies for any fringe benefit costs added to the officer’s regular rate of pay. Fringe benefit costs can include but are not limited to employer costs related to FICA, health insurance, and pension contributions. All departments/TSPs will cover the costs of benefits, gasoline, mileage, equipment, etc. These items may be reported as matching costs.

  • No pre-payments will be allowed; this is a reimbursable grant. Nothing else is eligible for reimbursement.

  • In addition, federal law prohibits the use of federal funds from certain activities irrespective of the federal funding source or the specifics of the grant program. These prohibitions include:

  • Lobbying, including attempts to influence legislation or the outcome of any federal, state, or local elections. Recent changes to the law have expanded the prohibition to any federally appropriated funding used, either directly or indirectly, to support the enactment, repeal, modification, or adoption of any law, regulation, or policy, at any level of government. Violations of this prohibition are now subject to civil fines of up to $100,000 per violation.

  • Fundraising (including financial campaigns, endowment drives, solicitation of gifts and bequests, and similar expenses incurred solely to raise capital or obtain contributions.

Every federal dollar requires a documentable match of 20%, and the TSD reserves the right to determine appropriate hard match contributions. Funding for these projects is apportioned to States annually from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) according to a formula based on population and road miles. The State is responsible for match and occurs through the collection of documents from the grantee.

All CHIRP applications must include matching funds of the following:

1. Mileage:

  • Mileage shall be reported as match at no more than the current approved state mileage rate.

2. Benefits:

  • Medicare: All recipients shall report 1.45% as the employer portion of Medicare as matching funds in the grant application.

  • Social Security: Recipients where ALL participating persons are receiving benefits from a TSD grant that are earning credit towards social security must report the employer’s contribution as match (6.2%). Those not receiving benefits, do not need to report the employer’s contribution as match.

All grant awards will be monitored by a program manager and/or Law Enforcement Liaison (LEL) using a combination of desk reviews and site visits. A minimum of 10% of Officer Activity Sheets for each agency participating will be audited for each project for each reporting period (monthly/quarterly).

  • Agencies not using an electronic citation/warning system will be audited for an additional 20%.

  • Agencies who do not utilize Officer Work Agreements (OWA) for all officers working projects will be audited at an additional 20%.

Additionally, the program manager will review all submitted reports for timeliness and accuracy. Delinquencies and report contents will be addressed as needed.

How to Apply

The application period is now open. Applications must be submitted electronically through IntelliGrants. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit applications 72 hours prior to the deadline. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. ICJI is not responsible for technical issues with grant submission within 24 hours of grant deadline. Applications must be submitted in IntelliGrants by July 22, 2022.

Download the FY23 CHIRP Request for Proposal.

Apply online via IntelliGrants

Reporting

CHIRP grantees are required to submit fiscal and programmatic reports using IntelliGrants. Monthly reporting is due on the last day of each month, and quarterly reports are required to be completed by each agency based on the schedule outlined in the "Reports Section" of the Request for Proposal.

IntelliGrants &  OPO database

Program Report Documentation

The following documentation must be included with each program report submitted into the IntelliGrants system:

  • Pre-enforcement media, as required for all mobilizations.

  • Post enforcement media if conducted and/or completed post enforcement surveys.

  • Program Totals report from the OPO Database.

  • Pre & Post Seatbelt Survey Totals (Safe Family Travels and Click It or Ticket Only).

Grant Forms

Fiscal Report Documentation

The following documentation must be included with each fiscal report submitted into the IntelliGrants system. If no performance was completed during the reporting period, marked items must still be included.

  • LEL Concurrence Verification Form.

  • Signed Chief/Sheriff Letter.

  • Personnel Detail report from the OPO Database.

  • Administrative log (if admin time is applicable).

  • Signed Officer Activity Sheets.

  • Corresponding paystubs.

Grant Forms

Technical Assistance

For assistance with the CHIRP grant, please contact your regional Law Enforcement Liaison.

Law Enforcement Liaisons