Grants and Opportunities


Distance Learning & Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program- Fiscal Year 2020
Applications Due: April 10
The Distance Learning and Telemedicine program helps rural communities use the unique capabilities of telecommunications to connect to each other and to the world, overcoming the effects of remoteness and low population density. For example, this program can link teachers and medical service providers in one area to students and patients in another. For the more information about the 2020 program, please register for one of USDA’s informational webinars on February 27, 2020 or on March 3, 2020.

Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 DHS Preparedness Grants
Applications Due: April 15
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced the release of FY 2020 Notices of Funding Opportunity for eight DHS preparedness grant programs totaling nearly $1.8 billion. The grant programs provide funding to state, local, tribal and territorial governments, as well as transportation authorities, nonprofit organizations and the private sector, to improve the nation’s readiness in preventing, protecting against, responding to, recovering from and mitigating terrorist attacks, major disasters and other emergencies.

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Challenge America
Applications Due: April 9
The Challenge America category offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations — those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Age alone (e.g., youth, seniors) does not qualify a group as underserved; at least one of the underserved characteristics noted above also must be present. Provide details about the underserved audience you select in your application using relevant statistics and anecdotal information. Proposals should detail the efforts made to reach the identified underserved population. Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development.

Innovations in Accessible Mobility Grants
The National Aging and Disability Transportation Center announced a new funding opportunity, Innovations in Accessible MobilityGrants of up to $30,000 each will be awarded to as many as 10 communities for a six-month period. Local or regional private nonprofit or government organizations that directly provide transportation services may apply. Applications are due by April 8, 2020.

Helping Obtain Prosperity for Everyone (HOPE) Program NOFO
FTA announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to apply for $8.5 million in Fiscal Year 2020 competitive grant funding for projects that help lift communities out of poverty and support recovery from substance abuse. The new Helping Obtain Prosperity for Everyone (HOPE) program supports planning, engineering and technical studies or financial planning to improve transit services in areas experiencing long-term economic distress. Applications are due by May 4, 2020.

Funding Opportunity: HOPE Program Webinar
Wednesday March 25 – 2:00 PM ET
FTA is hosting this webinar to provide information about FTA’s Helping to Obtain Prosperity for Everyone (HOPE) Program. Join FTA program staff to learn more about this competitive funding opportunity including application eligibility, evaluation criteria, and the application submission process. FTA issued the Notice of Funding Opportunity for the HOPE program on March 3, 2020, and the deadline for applying is May 4, 2020.

FTA Announces $28.22 Million for Montana RTS Corridor in El Paso, Texas
The Federal Transit Administration announced a $28.22 million grant to the City of El Paso for the Montana Rapid Transit Service (RTS) Corridor project. The project will provide faster, more reliable transit service to important destinations in downtown El Paso, the El Paso International Airport, and the Far East Transfer Center. The Montana RTS Corridor project is a 16.8-mile Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service operating along the Montana Avenue Corridor. The total project cost is $49.2 million with $28.22 million requested through FTA’s Capital Investment Grants (CIG) Program, which provides funding for major transit infrastructure projects nationwide. 
FTA Announces $20.3 Million in Grants to Improve Transportation Access Through Innovative Technologies
The Federal Transit Administration announced approximately $20.3 million in grant selections through the Integrated Mobility Innovation (IMI) program. IMI supports projects that use innovative technologies and processes to improve access to public transportation, increase public transportation efficiency, and enhance the overall rider experience. Twenty-five projects in 23 states will receive funding under the program. The projects will advance mobility through creative partnerships and emerging technologies. Combining public and private transportation assets and strategies can greatly increase access to mobility for everyone.

2020 AARP Community Challenge
Applications Due: April 1
The AARP Community Challenge provides small grants to fund “quick-action” projects that can help communities become more livable for people of all ages. Applications are being accepted for projects to improve housing, transportation, public space, technology (“smart cities”), civic engagement, and more.
Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) Grants
Applications Due: May 13
RCDI grants are awarded to help non-profit housing and community development organizations, low-income rural communities and federally recognized tribes support housing, community facilities and community and economic development projects in rural areas.


National Cooperative Highway Research Program MPO Survey
A lot has changed since the institution of MPOs in the mid-1970s but little research or action has been taken to evaluate 21st-century challenges brought about by trending changes in financing, technology, demographic, resiliency, and other major shifts taking place in the MPO planning world. As a part of NCHRP 08-122 introduced at AMPO and NARC conferences late last year, Metro Analytics has partnered with to conduct a national survey to position MPOs for future-proof success. Feedback will be used to create a comprehensive resource for addressing issues facing MPOs throughout the U.S. as they continue to evolve and meet the needs of stakeholders.

Transit Cooperative Research Program Solicits Research Ideas
What public transportation practices should the Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) research and synthesize in 2020? TCRP requests your ideas! Synthesis proposals of 500 characters or fewer are due to TCRP by Wednesday, March 18. Each TCRP synthesis document is a compendium of the best knowledge available for resolving specific transit-related issues. TCRP’s body of work promotes learning among public transportation practitioners and educates those interested in transit about the needs of travelers and service providers. FTA sponsors TCRP to develop and apply innovative solutions to help meet the demands placed on the nation’s public transit systems.

2020 Certifications and Assurances Available for Execution by Applicants
FTA annually publishes a consolidated list of all Certifications and Assurances that apply to its financial assistance programs. The 2020 Certifications and Assurances, instructions for executing the Certifications and Assurances and a summary of changes made between 2019 and 2020 have been posted on FTA’s website. Any questions regarding the Certifications and Assurances should be directed to FTA’s regional offices. Execution is accomplished in FTA’s Transit Award Management System (TrAMS). FY 2020 funding has been made available and loaded into TrAMS. These full-year apportionments are now available for award and obligation of grants.

Eno Center for Transportation: Urban Planning, Transportation, and Public Health Collaborations
Tuesday, March 24 – 2:00 PM ET
This webinar will describe several ways in which urban planners are working with data sources and colleagues in public health and healthcare. Case studies show how collaboration is being used to improve planners’ ability to make data-driven decisions, measure the outcomes of a program that expands transit access, and broaden their understanding of how well the built environment and transportation access are helping to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of residents.

Commercial Linkage Fees and Office Limitations in San Francisco: What are the Economic Impacts?
Wednesday, April 1 – 2:00 PM ET
This guest presentation will review economic impact analyses of both measures that utilized the REMI model to evaluate the impacts on economic growth, income, employment, and housing affordability. Dr. Egan, Ph.D. from the City and County of San Francisco will discuss the net economic impact of limiting office building developments in favor of expanding the Bay Area’s affordable housing options.

The U.S. Department of Transportation Will Host a Second Webinar Exploring Complete Trip Deployment Scenarios
Thursday, March 26 – 1:00 PM
The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) is hosting a series of webinars on the Complete Trip – ITS4US Deployment Program to assist prospective deployers and partners. This webinar is the fifth in an on-going webinar series to assist prospective deployers and partners for the Complete Trip – ITS4US Deployment Program by presenting two more hypothetical examples of communities applying the Complete Trip deployment concept development process, including identification of transportation challenges, partnership building, and concept development of integrated technology solutions.

The Local Government CIO Role in Preparing for Covid-19 and its Potential Impact on your Government’s Service Delivery
Recording Available On-Demand
Given the rapid spread of the Covid-19 virus and the possible impact that it will have on government services in communities across the country, this is an appropriate time for technology executives to plan for the possible disruption of government services and how government employees will deliver services during that time. This CompTIA webinar will discuss that and more.
National Community Development Week Webinar
April 1, 3:00-4:00 PM ET (Rescheduled from March 18)
Webinar panelists will provide an overview of National Community Development (CD) Week, discuss the importance of participating in National Community Development Week, share examples of National Community Development Week activities, provide social media tips, and answer your questions concerning National Community Development Week. National CD Week, held April 13-17, is an annual opportunity to recognize and celebrate the successful impact of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) programs.