Public Transportation - Consolidated Grant Notice of Funding Opportunity

Purpose

The purpose of the Consolidated Grant Program is to:

  • Provide and improve public transportation services within and between rural communities, and between cities.
  • Provide paratransit/special needs services to people who because of age, disability or income are unable to provide transportation for themselves.
  • Provide funds to support mobility management activities.
  • Provide planning funds to research public transportation related issues.
  • Purchase new/replacement vehicles and other equipment.

Eligible applicants

Nonprofits, tribes, public transit agencies, and local agencies in Washington state are eligible to apply. Other government agencies are also eligible to apply as long as their project benefits the greater public.

Funding types and historic program size

Using a consolidated process for each project selected to be funded, WSDOT assigns state funds, federal funds or both. During the last grant cycle for Consolidated Grant Awards (July 2019-June 2021), WSDOT awarded nearly $77 million for 131 projects from five main sources:

Federal Transit Administration funds:

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

State funds:

Important Dates

  • 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. Notes: An applicant must submit one application per project. An applicant may submit more than one application.
  • Nov. 2, 2020-Jan. 8, 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.

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. Also 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.

Match requirements

The applicant must provide matching funds for each project. The percent depends on the project type:

  • Sustaining projects: Continuing operations or mobility management projects: 10 percent.
  • New projects: Capital, expansion of operations, expansion of mobility management or planning projects not previously funded by a consolidated grant: 5 percent.

Providing additional local match shows a level of local commitment for the project and increases the likelihood of funding.

Application Materials

Refer to the Training and technical assistance section below to register in the Grants Management System and for links to slides, supplemental information and training videos.

Evaluation Process

WSDOT awards funds through a competitive process. A panel of subject matter experts, who are neither WSDOT Public Transportation division staff nor eligible to apply for funding, evaluate the projects and score applications based on the extent that the project:

  • Establishes, preserves or improves public transportation services.
  • Defines specific performance measures the agency will use to determine the project’s success.
  • Addresses a recognized need within a community, and reflects a community process of coordination and input.
  • Leverages funds from other sources and/or documents local commitment to support and implement the project.
  • Connects to other transportation systems and/or modes.
  • Appears to be feasible as described.
  • Complies with state rules (WAC 194-29) regarding alternative fuels – for vehicle purchase projects only.
  • Contributes to the state’s effort to maintain the number of public transportation vehicles within their minimum useful life – for vehicle purchase projects only.
  • Describes sufficient experience by the applicant managing transportation projects and grant awards.
  • Describes sufficient financial capability and resources by the applicant to implement and carry out the project within either two (July 1, 2021-June 30, 2023) or four (July 1, 2021-June 30, 2025) years.

Awards

  • May 14, 2021: WSDOT will announce awards.

Awards will be tentative until the Federal Transit Authority provides appropriation levels and the Washington State Legislature approves the 2021-2023 transportation budget.

Selected projects will be awarded for either two (July 1, 2021-June 30, 2023) or four years (July 1, 2021-June 30, 2025).

Training and technical assistance

Training about the program and the content on the application form and instructions:

Information about the Grants Management System:

More information

For information about the Consolidated Grant Program, technical assistance on the above trainings or to arrange for a separate training, contact Susan Garber-Yonts, susan.garber-yonts@wsdot.wa.gov or 206-922-3259, or your local WSDOT Public Transportation Community Liaison.