Federal Transit Administration: Tribal Transit Program
Tribal Transit Program (TTP) grants support public transportation planning and capital expenses. Operating projects are eligible in limited circumstances (operating assistance requests will only be considered from tribes without existing transit service, or those tribes who received a TTP formula allocation of less than $20,000).
Public transportation includes regular, continuing shared-ride surface transportation services open to the public or open to a segment of the public defined by age, disability, or low income. Applicants may submit one proposal for each project or one proposal containing multiple projects. Specific types of projects include: Capital projects for start-ups, replacement or expansion needs; operating assistance for start-ups; and planning projects. Indian tribes applying for capital replacement or expansion needs must demonstrate a sustainable source of operating funds for existing or expanded services.
Note: Funds distributed to Indian tribes under the TTP should not replace or reduce funds that Indian tribes receive from states through Federal Transit Administration’s Formula Grants for Rural Areas Program.
Amount: A total of $5,000,000 is available to award up to 45 grants with grants. There is a cap on planning grants, set at $25,000; the Federal Transit Authority has the discretion to cap capital and operating awards as well, although no cap is currently defined in the solicitation.
Eligibility: Federally recognized Indian tribes or Alaska Native villages, groups, or communities as identified by the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI), Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) located in rural areas with a population of 50,000 or less.
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