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Equity and Accessibility: Transportation Planning Grant

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Agencies for Projects
Related to Transportation and COVID-19 Recovery

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Foundation / Corporation

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National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC)

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Deadline Date:

08/27/21 11:59 PM ET


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Grants of up to $20,000 to USA nonprofit organizations and government agencies to address the transportation needs of elderly individuals and people with disabilities. Projects may fall into one of the following focus areas: Coronavirus (COVID-19) recovery and transportation equity and inclusion.

Focus Area 1: Transportation Equity & Inclusion: Addressing the Transportation Needs and Preferences of Diverse Older Adults and People with Disabilities. Goal: To create equitable and accessible community transportation services designed to meet the needs and preferences of diverse older adults and people with disabilities. Planning projects funded under this focus area will identify transportation disparities experienced by diverse older adults and people with disabilities living in the grantee community as well as potential remedies for addressing identified barriers and concerns. 

Equity concerns and underserved communities are critical issues demanding action at all levels of American society. The pandemic has highlighted the critical role of public transit in connecting essential workers to their jobs, yet public transit is not available or is extremely limited in many areas of the country and the impact of COVID-related service cutbacks has fallen disproportionately on those who have no other means of transportation. Even where public transit is readily available, it may not fully address the unique mobility challenges of older adults and people with disabilities. The mobility challenges facing this population, particularly those in under-served groups, are longstanding and extensive, including lack of infrastructure, lack of transportation services responsive to their needs and a failure to consider their needs as new programs and modes of travel are developed. To begin to address equity challenges in transportation, diverse older adults and people with disabilities must be invited to the transportation planning table so their needs are recognized and their voices are heard. Projects funded in this focus area will highlight and respond to the specific needs and preferences of diverse older adults and people with disabilities in their communities.

Focus Area 2: COVID-19 Recovery: Addressing the Unique Transportation Needs and Preferences of Older Adults and People with Disabilities to Impact Social Isolation. Goal: To create effective approaches that address transportation problems and barriers that surfaced during the pandemic and ensure greater equity and accessibility for older adults and people with disabilities. Planning projects funded under this focus area will center on solutions for addressing longstanding mobility needs that existed prior to, and have been heightened during, the pandemic. 

Studies have shown that social isolation negatively impacts health and mental health. As communities nationwide begin to emerge from the pandemic, safety concerns, access to vaccination sites and coronavirus testing and the availability of transportation to a variety of settings, including healthcare, grocery stores, senior centers and re-opened restaurants and shopping, are at the forefront of issues to be addressed. Returning to ‘normal’ for those who are especially vulnerable will likely require new ways of thinking and robust public education to address fears and negative perceptions. Communities and transportation providers must identify new ways to address the mobility needs and social isolation of older adults and people with disabilities. Safety and security have taken on new importance and must be at the forefront of efforts to encourage re-connection to community living. Projects funded in this focus area will develop a framework for exploring the efficacy of potential innovations that respond to identified concerns, preferences, equity and accessibility barriers.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 197735

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants of up to $20,000 each will be awarded. Contingent upon the availability of future funding and the achievement of specific milestones, awarded planning grantees will be given the opportunity to implement one or more priorities identified in their plans, to be funded at $50,000 each in FY 2022.

Term of Contract:

Grant projects will begin in September/October 2021 and will be funded for five months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are local and regional private nonprofit or government organizations, including: public transit agencies; Councils of Government; Metropolitan Planning Organizations; Tribal agencies (e.g., Title VI Aging Programs, Tribal Transit Agencies); Area Agencies on Aging; community action agencies; Centers for Independent Living; intellectual disability service organizations; community organizations involved in the administration, delivery or coordination of public transit, human services transportation, aging, or disability services.

Applications must be submitted by public transportation, aging or disability organizations, especially those who are eligible recipients or subrecipients of the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program (Section 5310) such as:
- Public and human service transportation providers;
- Planning organizations that are direct or designated recipients of Section 5310 funds;
- Aging, disability (physical, intellectual, or otherwise) or human services organizations that serve seniors and people with disabilities, reflecting required participants in the coordinated plan.

Note: For-profit organizations are not eligible to apply; however, applicants are encouraged to coordinate with all transportation providers in the community, including for-profit transportation providers.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A NADTC Applicant Zoom Meeting for interested applicants will be held at 3 pm ET on July 27, 2021.


Pre-Application Information:

- July 15: Request for Proposals Published on NADTC Website
- July 23: NADTC Grant Application Portal Opens
- July 27 at 3 pm Eastern time: Zoom Meeting for Prospective Applicants
- August 6: Mandatory Letter of Intent to Apply Is Due; No applications will be accepted without a letter of intent on file.
- August 27 at 11:59 pm Eastern time: Applications are Due

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Melissa Gray, NADTC Program Manager

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