Monday, March 22, 2021

Funding Opportunity: National Rural Transit Assistance Program - Community Rides Grant Program


Funding opportunity with the National Rural Transit Assistance Program (NRTAP)


WHAT: Community Rides Grant Program

PURPOSEThis grant opportunity will support transportation partnerships that improve social determinants of health in rural and tribal communities. Successful projects will help to reduce transportation as a barrier to independence and health at each stage of life and will increase awareness of transit’s important role in the health of individuals and communities. Projects will improve access to critical needs like employment, healthcare, education, healthy food, social services, or recreation, as well as build the capacity of transit programs.  

ELIGIBILITY: Current recipients and subrecipients of FTA’s Formula Grants for Rural Areas (Section 5311) program have the opportunity to apply for these 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. FTA’s Tribal Transit Program (TTP) grantees are also eligible, as TTP is a set-aside from the Section 5311 Rural program.


DETAILSFor detailed information, download the Community Rides Grant Program Request for Proposals (RFP) here.  Two webinars will be held to answer questions and provide an overview of the request for proposals (RFP) and the online grant application portal, which will open by April 7, 2021. The webinars will also feature speakers who will share examples of transportation partnerships and lessons learned. 


Informational Webinar 1

Program Overview and Transportation Partnership Examples

March 23, 2021, 2:00-3:00 PM ET


Informational Webinar 2

Project Development, Performance Measures, and Application Portal

April 15, 2021, 2:00-3:00 PM ET


Visit the Community Rides Grants page for additional information, including Helpful Resources as you develop your proposal and a Sign-up Form to be notified of any updates related to the grant program.