2018 Getting Ready to Innovate Grant Funding Opportunity
The National Aging and Disability Transportation Center is excited to announce a new grant program, Getting Ready to Innovate. These planning projects will serve as incubators to develop innovations and build community support and commitment for increasing the availability and accessibility of community transportation services for people with disabilities and older adults. Grants of up to $20,000 each will be awarded to as many as ten communities for a six month period. Local and regional private nonprofit or government organizations may apply. The deadline for grant applications is May 31, 2018. For more information, contact Melissa Gray, NADTC Program Manager at email@example.com or 202-872-0888.
This grant opportunity is intended to support the development of program innovations designed to increase the availability and accessibility of community transportation services for people with disabilities and older adults. Proposed innovations must have as their purpose the removal of barriers to transportation and expansion of mobility options. Applicants under this opportunity have an idea for an innovation that can fill current gaps in service and is likely to meet identified needs. Unlike a project that is ready to implement, the proposed innovation needs to be more fully developed, may not yet have full support from the transportation, aging and disability communities and may not have fully engaged the active participation of older adults people with disabilities and caregivers. These projects will serve as incubators to test and refine innovative ideas and develop community support and commitment to move toward full implementation. The process of innovation development to be supported under this grant program is meant to prepare and refine the innovative idea, and may include a pilot test and involve early innovation steps. Funded projects will be expected to include these specific elements:
- An inclusive process that engages older adults, people with disabilities and caregivers in all phases of the project (e.g., creation of an advisory group, focus groups, surveys, etc.);
- Collaboration involving local transportation, aging and disability organizations and stakeholders;
- Coordination with local transportation planning processes and exploration of funding options to support the innovation;
- Data collection to identify current transportation options, gaps, needs and user preferences.
- Development of a framework for moving the concept forward toward full implementation after the grant period ends.
Grants of up to $20,000 each will be awarded to as many as ten communities for a six month period.
Local and regional private nonprofit or government organizations may apply for this funding opportunity. Eligible applicants include (but are not limited to) the following: Public Transit Agencies; Councils of Government; Metropolitan Planning Organizations; Tribal agencies (e.g., Title VI Aging Programs, Tribal Transit Agencies); Area Agencies on Aging; Community Action Agencies; Centers for Independent Living; ARCs (Intellectual Disability service organizations); and other community organizations involved in the administration, delivery or coordination of public transit, human services transportation, aging, or disability services.
How to Apply
- For instructions on how to use this application system, please see: How to Use the Online Application System
- Visit nadtc.fluidreview.com to register and access the application.
- All sections of the Application must be completed in order to submit it for evaluation. The sections are: Application Form, Project Summary, Narrative, Budget Form and Letters of Commitment.
- Submit Application by May 31, 2018.
- Request for Proposals (this document includes detailed information on the grant program, a copy of the application questions found in the online system, and details on how your application will be reviewed).
- The proposed budget must be provided on this budget form– please download this form to enter your budget and upload to the application website (this form is also embedded within the online application system). In no case may the budget request exceed $20,000.
- All other application materials are located within the online application system.
- A general FAQ document is available here. (Click here for Informational Teleconference Summary and UPDATED FAQs)
2018 Grant Critical Dates
April 18: RFP issued/posted on NADTC website
April 25: Application portal opens
May 9: Teleconference for interested applicants
May 31: Proposal due date
July 16: Date of grant award announcement
July 16: Grantees begin their work
December 31: End date of grant activity
An Informational Teleconference about this opportunity was held May 9, 2018 to address questions about grant scope, funding and the grant application process. If you missed the call, a recording and a set of FAQs from the call will be available for download on the NADTC website soon.
2018 Getting Ready to Innovate Grant Application Information and Instructions (click to download in PDF or Word)
Innovations in Accessible Mobility (CLOSED)
We announced 2017 Innovations in Accessible Mobility Grant Awards. You can read more about last year’s awarded projects here.
The National Aging and Disability Transportation Center is inviting applications for development of program innovations that increase accessible transportation options for older adults and people with disabilities and maximize the utilization of Section 5310 and other federal funding investments. This grant opportunity is intended to support program innovations and approaches that increase accessible transportation options for older adults and people with disabilities living in the community and maximize the utilization of Section 5310 and other federal funding investments. Request for Proposals (this document includes detailed information on the grant program, a copy of the application questions found in the online system, and details on how your application will be reviewed).
- Total Funding Amount Available: Grants of up to $50,000 each will be awarded to as many as six communities for a twelve month period.
- Proposals Due: August 26, 2016