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Other Federal Grant Opportunities

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 www.grants.gov. We suggest subscribing to grant e-mail alerts that notify you electronically when new funding is available.

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Current Opportunities

 

Grants for Transportation of Veterans in Highly Rural Areas

This Department of Veterans Affairs program funds innovative approaches to transporting veterans in highly rural areas who typically have longer commute times to Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers (VA medical centers). Note: Only a VA accredited Veterans Service Organization (VSO) or a State Veterans Service Agency is eligible to apply.

Application deadline: July 17, 2020 at 11:59 PM Eastern.

 

Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program (Tribal Transit Program)

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the availability of $5 million in Fiscal Year 2020 competitive grant funding to support transit services for American Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages in rural areas under the Tribal Transit Program. Federally recognized tribes may use the funding for capital, operating, planning, and administrative expenses for tribal public transit services.

Application deadline: August 24, 2020 at 11:59 PM Eastern.

 

2021 RSVP Competition Notice of Funding Opportunity

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is releasing the Fiscal Year 2021 Senior Corps RSVP Competition Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO).  CNCS intends to fund successful applicants that increase the impact of volunteers age 55 and older who provide volunteer service in response to local community needs. The following entities, including those that are current CNCS grantees, are eligible to apply: public or private nonprofit organizations (including faith-based and other community organizations), institutions of higher education, government entities within states or territories (e.g. cities, counties), government-recognized veteran service organizations, labor organizations, partnerships and consortia, and Indian Tribes.

Application deadline: September 1, 2020 at 5:00 PM Eastern.

 

Inclusive Design Challenge

The U.S. Department of Transportation Inclusive Design Challenge (Challenge) seeks innovative design solutions that can enable people with physical, sensory, and cognitive disabilities to use automated vehicles to access jobs, healthcare, and other critical destinations. Read the full Challenge Statement and submit your concept.

Application deadline:  October 30, 2020 at 5:00 PM Eastern

 

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 Federal Transit Administration partnered with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to host the first CCAM Webinar Series highlighting some of the 66 HHS programs in the CCAM program inventory.

 

Recently Closed Opportunities

 

Helping Obtain Prosperity for Everyone Program

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the availability of $8.5 million in Fiscal Year 2020 competitive grant funding under the Helping Obtain Prosperity for Everyone (HOPE) program. The HOPE Program supports projects that will improve transit services or facilities in areas of persistent poverty through planning, engineering, or development of technical, or financing plans for projects. It will also support coordinated human service transportation planning to improve transit service or provide new services such as rides to opioid abuse recovery and treatment.

Application deadline: June 3, 2020 at 11:59 PM Eastern

 

Accelerating Innovative Mobility (AIM) Challenge Grants

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the availability of $11 million in Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 research funds for AIM Challenge Grants. The funds will support projects that can accelerate the development, implementation and adoption of innovative technologies, practices, and service models to improve mobility and enhance the rider experience.

Application deadline: May 18, 2020 at 11:59 PM Eastern

 

USDA-RD Rural Business Development Grants

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is making the grants available under the Rural Business Development Grants program for intermediaries seeking to provide rural communities with training and technical assistance to improve transportation services and facilities. USDA does not provide funding directly to individuals under this program. National organizations focused on serving rural communities are eligible to apply. Applications will be scored reviewed and selected on a competitive basis.

Application deadline: May 14, 2020 at 4:30 PM local time

 

FTA Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the opportunity to apply for approximately $454.6 million in fiscal year (FY) 2020 under the Buses and Bus Facilities Program. The  funds will be awarded competitively to assist in the financing of capital projects to replace, rehabilitate, purchase or lease buses and related equipment, and to rehabilitate, purchase, construct or lease bus-related facilities. Eligible applicants include designated recipients that allocate funds to fixed route bus operators, states or local governmental entities that operate fixed route bus service, and Indian tribes.

Application deadline: April 29, 2020 at 11:59 PM Eastern

 

Redesign of Transit Bus Operator Compartment to Improve Safety, Operational Efficiency, and Passenger Accessibility (Bus Operator Compartment) Program

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the availability of $2 million in Public Transportation Innovation funds to research and develop new transit bus operator compartment designs as well as better protect operators from assault and improve their view of the road while still allowing them to interact with passengers, including people with disabilities and those in need of special assistance.

Application deadline: March 24, 2020 at 11:59 PM Eastern

 

FTA Low or No Emission (Low-No) Bus Program

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the availability of up to $130 million in competitive grant funds through FTA’s Low-No Program. The Low-No Program helps project sponsors purchase or lease low or no emission vehicles that use advanced technologies for transit revenue operations, including related equipment or facilities.Eligible applicants include public transit agencies, state transportation departments and tribes.

Application deadline: March 17, 2020 at 11:59 PM Eastern