American Public Transportation Association: Local Coalition GrantsDeadline: August 31, 2017
The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) advocates for bus, paratransit, light rail, commuter rail, subways, waterborne passenger services, and high-speed rail, believing that public transportation provides the connectivity and mobility required for:
- Global economic competitiveness
- Economic opportunity
- Energy efficiency
- National security
- Environmental sustainability
- Traffic congestion mitigation
APTA Local Coalition Grants will fund projects focused on grassroots advocacy efforts that can help achieve specific state and local public transportation goals. While the new Administration has called for spending on new infrastructure, at the same time it has proposed cuts to existing transit programs that put jobs at risk. Thus, projects that are supportive of national efforts to protect federal surface transportation programs or other additional revenue support at the federal level are highly encouraged.
Additional activities could include projects in partnership with local Chambers of Commerce or other prominent business organizations that support public transportation and community mobility and efforts to educate decision-makers about policies favorable to public transportation. Grant recipients are also expected to be vocal advocates with their respective federal representatives on federal issues related to public transportation.
Amount: Grants of up to $10,000 will be made.
Eligibility: Any local public transportation coalition is eligible, provided it has the support of the local APTA transit system member(s) and is a member of the National Alliance of Public Transportation Advocates (NAPTA). For this grant program, a coalition is defined as a collection of groups and/or individuals joined together for the common purpose of promoting transit.