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2024 Rural Community Innovations: Transportation Planning Grant

We are pleased to announce that funding is available through the 2024 Rural Community Innovations: Transportation Planning Grant!

Request for Proposals

Learn about the grant in the Request for Proposals.


The purpose of the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center’s Rural Community Innovations: Transportation Planning Grant is to offer funding for communities to develop a transportation plan that addresses accessibility and equity. Planning activities will identify transportation barriers, consider current and future community needs, actively engage older adults and people with disabilities in the process, and create or strengthen multi-sector collaborative partnerships. Ultimately, selected grantees are expected to develop a written plan of action to guide implementation of strategies supported by the community to increase the availability of accessible and equitable transportation services.

Who is eligible?

Eligible applicants are rural local and regional private nonprofit or government organizations, including but not limited to:

  • Public transit agencies;
  • Councils of Government; Metropolitan or Rural Planning Organizations;
  • Tribal agencies (e.g., Title VI Aging Programs, Tribal Transit Agencies);
  • Area Agencies on Aging;
  • Community action agencies;
  • Centers for Independent Living;
  • Disability service organizations;
  • Community organizations involved in the administration, delivery, or coordination of public transit, human services transportation, aging, or disability services.
  • Eligible recipients or subrecipients of FTA’s Section 5310 (Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program) are encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants will not be eligible if they were recipients of the NADTC 2021 Planning and 2022 Implementation Grants.

Length of Grant

Approximately 9 Months

How do I apply and what is the application deadline?

All applications must be submitted through the SM Apply application portal by Friday, June 7, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. ET (8:59 p.m. PT). All applications must be completed through the online portal; no emailed or mailed applications will be accepted. (Step-by-step instructions are available to reference on how to use the SM Apply system. A video was also developed to guide you through the SM Apply system).

What is the award dollar amount?

A maximum of $35,000 per grantee will be awarded. The National Aging and Disability Transportation Center expects to award up to $420,000.

Additional Information

Questions and Point of Contact

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Frequently Asked Questions

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