Apply for a Public Transportation Grant

Below you'll find information for prospective applicants for state and federal grants administered by WSDOT's Public Transportation Division. Grants are funded on a biennial (two-year) basis, though some grant programs may fund projects on a four-year cycle. The following types of organizations qualify for at least some of WSDOT's public transportation grants: cities, counties, non-profit agencies, private operators, senior centers, special districts (such as schools and ports), state agencies, transit agencies, and tribes. Grant-funded projects include:

  • Services (e.g. transit; paratransit; transportation for the elderly, people with disabilities and rural communities, commute trip reduction, transit pass programs)
  • Equipment (e.g. new buses, vanpool vans)
  • Infrastructure (e.g. transit centers, park and ride lots, transit signal priority systems, transit lanes) 

Preparing for Notices of Funding Opportunities

In response to the passage of I-976, WSDOT is delaying solicitations for the Regional Mobility, First Mile/Last Mile, and Consolidated grants. In the interim, here are some things you can do to prepare for grant applications once funding is available:

  • Consider the stakeholders your potential project might affect or connect with. Consider meeting with them to coordinate.
  • Be involved with your local Regional Transportation Planning Organization/Metropolitan Planning Organization.
  • If you are considering applying for a Consolidated Grant, make sure you can see your project reflected in your Regional Transportation Planning Organization/Metropolitan Planning Organization or county’s most recent local human services transportation plan.
  • If you are considering applying for a Regional Mobility Grant, seek input from your WSDOT Region and local transit agencies on ways to improve your potential project.
  • Identify statewide and local plans that address the problem your proposed project addresses, and ensure that your strategies align.

Contact Stacy Wyman, wymanst@wsdot.wa.gov or 360-705-7248 or your local WSDOT Public Transportation Community Liaison.