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

Current Opportunities

 

FTA Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Planning

The U.S. Department of Transportation today announced the availability of approximately $13 million in competitive grant funds through the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Planning. TOD looks at the relationship among transit, housing and land use and recognizes that better planning can help reduce costs for American families and reduce the impacts of transportation on climate and air quality.

Application deadline:  July 25, 2022

 

U.S. DOT Safe Streets and Roads for All

The U.S. DOT announced $5 million in funding, over the next 5 years, to establish the Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) discretionary grant program. Focused on the goal of zero deaths and serious injury on our nation’s roadways, this opportunity is open to Metropolitan Planning Organizations, counties, cities or towns, transit agencies and federally recognized tribal governments. These funds are for the development of an Action Plan through environmental scans, safety analysis and stakeholder engagement with community members, especially older adults and people with disabilities.

Application deadline: September 15, 2022

 

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

 

Resources

 

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 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.

 

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
programs.

 

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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Recently Closed Opportunities

 

FTA Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced the availability of $8.75 million in Fiscal Year 2022 competitive grant funding to support transit services for Tribal communities and Alaska Native villages in rural areas. FTA’s Tribal Transit Program is authorized by Congress to support public transportation for federally-recognized American Indian Tribes and Alaska Native villages, groups, or communities. The funding helps Tribes to meet the needs of their citizens, including older adults, people with disabilities, and youth in rural areas.

Application deadline: May 25, 2022 at 11:59 PM ET

 

FTA Low or No Emission Vehicle Program

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced approximately $1.1 billion available for Fiscal Year 2022 grants to help modernize bus fleets and bus facilities across the country, including to help transit agencies purchase or lease low- or no- emission vehicles that use advanced technologies to help improve air quality and combat climate change.

Application deadline:  May 31, 2022

 

FTA  Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program

FTA announced the availability of approximately $372 million for Fiscal Year 2022 grants to help transit agencies purchase and rehabilitate buses, vans, and related equipment, and build bus facilities.

Application deadline: May 31, 2022