U.S. Department of Transportation: Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program
The Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program (Tribal Transit Program) will provide grants to Indian tribes for any purpose eligible under the Federal Transit Authority’s (FTA) Formula Grants for Rural Areas Program. The primary purpose of these competitively selected grants is to support planning, capital, and, in limited circumstances, operating assistance for tribal public transit services. Funds distributed to Indian tribes under the Tribal Transit Program should not replace or reduce funds that Indian tribes receive from States through FTA’s Formula Grants for Rural Areas Program.
Eligible projects include public transportation planning and capital expenses. Operating projects are eligible in limited circumstances. In FY 2019, FTA will only consider operating assistance requests from tribes without existing transit service, or those tribes who received a Tribal Transit Program 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.
Amount: Approximately $5,000,000 is available to make up to 35 awards. There is a $25,000 cap on planning grant awards.
There is a 90 percent Federal share for projects selected under the Tribal Transit Program competitive program, unless the Indian tribe can demonstrate a financial hardship in its application.
Eligibility: Federally recognized Indian tribes or Alaska Native villages, groups, or communities as identified by the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA).
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