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Other Grant Opportunitites

This page highlights recent grant and funding opportunities. We provide these links to help users find information on grants and funding across the United States.

If you have a grant program or funding opportunity you would like us to post, please contact Heather Edmonds. Please provide a brief description of the program, the total funding amount, the application deadline, grant website, and a direct contact for more information.


Current Opportunities

2021 AARP Community Challenge

The AARP Community Challenge provides small grants to fund quick-action projects that can help communities become more livable for people of all ages. Applications are accepted for projects to improve public spaces, housing, transportation, civic engagement, coronavirus recovery, diversity and inclusion, and more. The program is open to 501(C)(3), 501(C)(4) and 501(c)(6) nonprofits, Government entities and other types of organizations will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Application deadline: April 14, 2021 at 8:00 PM Eastern


National RTAP Community Rides Grant

National RTAP announced a new Community Rides Grant Program, which offers current recipients and subrecipients of the Federal Transit Administration’s Formula Grants for Rural Areas (Section 5311) program the opportunity to apply for grants of up to $100,000 for projects that develop or strengthen transportation partnerships that improve social determinants of health in rural and tribal communities. The project duration is fifteen (15) months.

Application deadline: May 10, 2021


Recently Closed Opportunities

Quality of Life Grants Program

The Administration for Community Living’s National Paralysis Resource Center (managed by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation) announced a new funding opportunity focused on social isolation for organizations and agencies that serve people living with any type of paralysis. The Addressing Social Isolation Quality of Life grants will fund projects that address social isolation during COVID-19 with the goal of enhancing connectedness of people living with paralysis and their caregivers to their communities and preventing adverse health outcomes. Transportation is one of the potential services being funded by the  Quality of Life grants.

Application deadline: March 16, 2021 


Funding Opportunity to Support Inclusive Planning in Tribal Communities

America Walks and the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) will award two $2,500 mini-grants to communities or groups which present specific, credible proposals for advancing inclusive planning in tribal communities.  The deadline for submitting mini-grant applications is Monday, February 1st, 2021 (end of the day).

Application deadline:  February 1, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific


The Retirement Research Foundation Direct Service Grants

The Retirement Research Foundation awards direct service grants for community program projects, supportive services for older adults ages 65 and above, nursing home care, acute and long-term care, and opportunities for older adult employment and volunteerism. Eligible organizations include those in the states of Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, and Wisconsin.

Visit the Retirement Research Foundation website to learn more and apply.

Letters of Inquiry deadline: December 1, 2020

Proposals due: February, 1 2021

Award date: May 2021


Microsoft AI for Accessibility program

The Microsoft AI for Accessibility program is calling for project proposals that advance AI-based innovations in transportation and safety for people with disabilities. Universities, non-profits, startups, and other organizations are encouraged to apply. The deadline to complete the AI for Accessibility Grant Application is 11:59 PM PST on December 15, 2020.


2021 Safe Routes to Parks Activating Communities

The Safe Routes to Parks Activating Communities program provides tailored technical assistance, along with a $12,500 award for seven nonprofit organizations to develop and initiate action plans to increase safe and equitable access to parks and green space in their communities.

Application deadline:  December 18, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific


Community Change Grants

America Walks and generous Active People, Health Nations partners announced another round of the popular Community Change Grants  program. This program will award grantees $1,500.00 in community stipends for projects related to creating healthy, active, and engaged places to live, work, and play. Funded projects must demonstrate that they will show increased physical activity and active transportation in a specific community, work to engage people and organizations new to the efforts of walking and walkability, and demonstrate a culture of inclusive health and design.

Application deadline: November 9th at 5:00 PM Eastern


NCMM 2020 Ready-to-Launch Grants

The National Center for Mobility Management (NCMM) has released the RFP for their Ready-to-Launch pilot grants. Each grant of up to $75,000 will fund the pilot phase of an already designed solution to allow low-income community members to become more fully engaged in economic opportunities, improve their health and well-being, and/or become more integrated into their community. The Ready-to-Launch grants are supported with funding from the Federal Transit Administration.

Application deadline: October 1, 2020 at 11:59 PM Eastern


Sustainable Transportation Equity Project (STEP)

The California Air Resource Board  will provide up to $22 million in grants to address transportation needs in disadvantaged and low-income communities with clean transportation options. Funding is available through the Sustainable Transportation Equity Project (STEP). Lead applicants may include community-based organizations, federally recognized tribes and local governments. Grant proposals must include partnerships between a lead applicant, co-applicants (e.g. public, private or nonprofit organizations) and community partners.

Application deadline: August 31, 2020 at 5:00 PM Pacific.


Funding Opportunity for Mobility on Demand Projects

On June 1, the Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) and partners, the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston and DJB Evaluation, with financial support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living (ACL) and in collaboration with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), announced the availability of funding for three grants. Each selected grantee will receive total federal funding of up to $300,000 per award for an 18-month period.

Grantees will be expected to weave together inclusive transportation planning, development, and implementation with grassroots-driven mobility on demand (MOD) solutions. Funded projects will work to fully engage older adults, people with disabilities, and caregivers in partnership with transportation, planning, and human services organizations to identify, develop, and implement mobility on demand solutions that respond to local transportation barriers and issues, and test a standard way of sharing trip data to support coordination and mobility on demand.

As part of the application process, each community is required to conduct an assessment of where the applicant community is on the Pathway to Inclusion, which may be downloaded from the website where additional information about this funding opportunity may also be found.

A teleconference to answer questions from interested applicants will be held on June 29, 2020.

A copy of the full Request for Proposals may be downloaded from the online application portal: applications must be submitted through the portal.

Application deadline: July 31, 2020 at 11:59 PM Eastern.


NCMM Community Mobility Design Challenge 2020 

The National Center for Mobility Management grant (NCMM) program will support communities in seeking innovative ways to address the personal wellbeing of community members that face transportation barriers to recreation and physical activities, healthy food, personal safety, economic opportunity, or community and peer support opportunities. Eligible applicants must be a non-profit or a government agency that is able to receive, or be a subrecipient of, federal funding. Note that teams who have previously received an NCMM Design Challenge grant are not eligible to apply for this opportunity.

Application deadline: July 6, 2020 at 11:59 PM Eastern.


AARP Community Challenge

The AARP Community Challenge “quick action” grant program provides small grants to projects that can help communities become more livable for people of all ages. Applications are being accepted for projects to improve housing, transportation, public space, technology (“smart cities”), civic engagement and more.

Application deadline: May 15, 2020 at 11:59 PM Eastern.


National Community Care Corps Request for Proposals

With funding from the U.S. Administration on Aging, Community Care Corps is seeking proposals for innovative local models in which volunteers assist family caregivers or directly help older adults or adults with disabilities with non-medical assistance in order to maintain their independence. A wide range of nonprofit entities may apply. Community Care Corps seeks to fund local models that represent a diverse cross section of the nation reflective of geography, urban/rural/frontier and Tribal communities, underserved and limited English-speaking populations, communities with limited support programs, and more.

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