FTA Announces Grant Funding for Healthcare Transportation

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced the availability of $6.3 million in competitive grant funds for transit coordination projects that improve access to healthcare. A Notice of Funding Opportunity is on display at the Federal Register where instruction on how to apply can be found.

RCTC’s own Blythe Wellness Express (BWE) was selected from promotion of the grant funding. BWE provides transit from Blythe, CA to the Coachella Valley for health-related trips.

FTA’s Access and Mobility Partnership Grants focus on transportation solutions to medical appointments and other non-emergency healthcare services. The grants will help improve options for people with limited transportation choices and bridge the gap between service providers in the transportation and healthcare sectors.

The program supports the work of the inter-agency Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility (CCAM), which works to coordinate federal programs to improve access to jobs, schools, healthcare, and other opportunities.

Applicants must submit completed proposals for each funding opportunity through the GRANTS.GOV “APPLY” function by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time November 13, 2018. Prospective applicants should register as soon as possible on the GRANTS.GOV website to ensure they can complete the application process before the submission deadline.

Eligible applicants for awards are State and local governmental entities, providers of public transportation, private or non-profit organizations. The maximum Federal share of project costs is 80 percent. The applicant provides a local share of at least 20 percent of the net project cost and must document the source of the local match in the grant application

More details can be found on the FTA’s CCAM webpage.