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Federal Grant Opportunities

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This page highlights recent federal grant opportunities. We provide these links to help users find information on federal grants and funding. Other federal grant programs are listed at We suggest subscribing to grant e-mail alerts that notify you electronically when new funding is available.

Current Opportunities


USDA: Rural Business Development Grants 

This program is designed to provide technical assistance and training for small rural businesses. Small means that the business has fewer than 50 new workers and less than $1 million in gross revenue.

Application deadline: Varies by state


Recently Closed Opportunities


Department of Veterans Affairs – VHA Member Services-Veterans Transportation

This Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) is for new grantees for the Grants for Transportation of Veterans in Highly Rural Areas for the fiscal year 2023. Approximately $4.0 million is authorized to be appropriated for this fiscal year.

Application deadline: July 31, 2023


Tribal Transit Program

On March 28, 2023, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced the availability of $8.9 million in competitive grants for the Fiscal Year 2023 Public Transportation on Indian Reservations (Tribal Transit) Program. FTA will host a webinar on Thursday, April 20, 2023, at 2PM ET, which will provide an overview of the program, describe eligible applicants and projects, include information on  the evaluation criteria and discuss the submission process. Registration for this free webinar is required. Register at: FY23 TTP NOFO Webinar.

Application deadline: June 26, 2023



FTA New Recipient Onboarding Webinar Series

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is pleased to offer a six-part webinar series to educate and introduce new FTA grant recipients to the various requirements necessary to receive FTA funds. The webinars will cover a range of topics including prerequisites to becoming a recipient, systems access, and compliance with federal requirements. This learning opportunity supplements the efforts by FTA’s regional offices to onboard new recipients.


2020 Census: Resources and Information

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) bases annual apportionments for transit formula funding using U.S. Census data, which the U.S. Census Bureau publishes every ten years. The 2020 Census urban area delineations can have substantial impacts to FTA grant recipients.


Applicant Toolkit for Competitive Funding Programs at USDOT

The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) has developed an Applicant Toolkit to provide guidance as part of the Rural Opportunities to Use Transportation for Economic Success (R.O.U.T.E.S.) This toolkit supports potential applicants in identifying and navigating USDOT discretionary grant funding opportunities for rural transportation projects. In support of the initiative’s goals, this toolkit provides user-friendly information and resources to support rural applicants’ understanding of USDOT discretionary grant programs and the funding process.


Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility (CCAM) Federal Fund Braiding Guide

Federal fund braiding for local match allows grant recipients to use funds from one federal program to meet the match requirements of another. CCAM members examined 61 programs of the 130 federal programs that may provide funding for human service transportation for people with disabilities, older adults, and/or individuals of low income. Based on the input from each participating agency, this guide defines federal fund braiding for local match and program eligibility.


CCAM Program Inventory

Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility (CCAM) Program Inventory identifies 130 federal programs that may fund transportation services for people with disabilities, older adults, and/or individuals of low income. The CCAM Program Inventory includes detailed program information, such as CFDA numbers, statutory references, types of recipients and beneficiaries, and eligible transportation activities.


Fact Sheet: Competitive Infrastructure Funding Opportunities for Local Governments

The White House recently released this factsheet with upcoming competitive infrastructure funding opportunities for  cities, towns, and municipalities across dozens of new and existing


Shared Mobility FAQ’s: Eligibility Under FTA Grant Programs

In response to increasing interest from the transit industry in partnering with on-demand, shared mobility services such as ride-hailing companies, the FTA has identified FAQs about funding eligibility under federal public transportation law for FTA grant programs.


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