Consolidated grants

Consolidated grants provide funds for public transportation improvements within and between rural communities, transportation services between cities, purchases of new buses and equipment, and public transportation services to seniors and people with disabilities. This program is supported by state and federal funding, and are awarded through a competitive process. We work with an advisory committee and consider priorities of regional planning councils when establishing scoring and ranking criteria for the competitive process. 

Consolidated grants provide funds from five sources

Federal Transit Administration:

  • 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities
  • 5311 Formula Grants for Rural Areas
  • 5339(a) Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Formula Program

State:

Important Dates

The 2021-2023 Consolidated Grant cycle has concluded. The next funding opportunity will open in summer of 2022. Please check back periodically to view updates to the Grants-at-a-glance calendar (pdf 91 kb).

  • July 23, 2020: Applications are available in the Grants Management System.
  • Oct. 30, 2020, 5:00 p.m.: Applications are due in the Grants Management System. Applicants must submit one application per project. An applicant may submit more than one application.
  • Nov. 2, 2020-Jan. 15, 2021: WSDOT reviews applications and contacts applicants on any revisions or additional information needed.
  • Jan. 15, 2021, 5:00 p.m.: Applicants must submit revised applications in the Grants Management System.
  • February-March 2021: An independent evaluation panel reviews and scores applications.
  • April-June 2021: WSDOT sends award letters to grantees after the Governor signs the transportation budget.
  • July 1, 2021: 2021-2023 biennium begins.
  • Summer 2022: WSDOT posts notice of funding opportunity and grant applications are available for the 2023-2025 cycle.
  • Fall/Winter 2022: 2023-2025 applications are due in the Grants Management System.
  • Spring 2023: WSDOT sends 2023-2025 grant award letters to grantees after the Governor signs the transportation budget.
  • June 30, 2023: 2021-2023 biennium ends.

Eligible project types

Operations: Projects directly related to system operation, including employee compensation, marketing, administration, fuel, oil, taxes and operational maintenance expenses.

Mobility management: Information services that help providers and passengers coordinate and understand available options. Includes short-range planning, management activities or activities for improving coordination among public transportation and other transportation service providers.

Capital: Projects to purchase long-term assets, such as land, buildings, vehicles and bus shelters.

Planning: Planning, coordination or other activities that address the needs of the applicant and the community(ies) they serve.

Awards

The 2021-2023 Consolidated grants table (pdf 186 kb) shows 146 new and continuing projects that were awarded for a total of $78 million for July 2021-June 2023.

For more information, contact Susan Garber-Yonts at susan.garber-yonts@wsdot.wa.gov or 206-922-3259, or your local WSDOT Public Transportation community liaison.