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NADTC announces planning grants to improve transportation access for seniors and people with disabilities

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Applicants are asked to plan for innovative approaches to transit equity and post-COVID transportation for older adults and people with disabilities.

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On July 15, the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC) announced $200,000 in transit planning grants for agencies and nonprofits that serve older adults and people with disabilities. NADTC is asking applicants to develop a planning proposal for taking an innovative approach to transit that will address one of two areas of focus: 

  1. Transportation equity and inclusion.
  2. COVID-19 recovery plans to impact social isolation.

This is a great opportunity for transit agencies and nonprofits that receive 5310 funding to plan for new technologies or innovative ways of serving older adults and people with disabilities. NADTC specifically calls out ridesharing and same-day service as two innovative approaches to transportation they’re hoping to see in grant applications. This makes planning for on-demand paratransit a great fit for the NADTC grant program. 

There is no match for this grant program. However, budget requests are capped at $20,000. NADTC expects to award $20,000 grants to 10 communities. They also offer the opportunity to receive another $50,000 in grants to launch a program as a result of the planning process, so long as awardees successfully follow grant guidelines. You can find the Notice of Funding here for more details. 

If you’d like to incorporate on-demand technology into your paratransit service and would like to work with Via Strategies to plan that integration thoughtfully, please let us know. Additionally, Remix has some great tools that you can use as you assess current transit options and plan for new services. We’d love to partner with you on a grant application to NADTC to get your work kickstarted with some funding. Please reach out to partnerships@ridewithvia.com to get started. Applications are due on August 27th. 

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