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The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced the availability of approximately $5 million in funding provided by the Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program (Tribal Transit Program) for eligible Tribal Transit and Alaska native agencies providing public transportation services in rural areas.



The deadline for discretionary TTP proposals is September 10, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. EDT, with all grant forms uploaded to www.Grants.gov.  

Key Things to Note:


USDOT/FTA Tribal Transit Program (TTP) – Discretionary Grant:

  • FTA Funding Announcement Website: https://www.transit.dot.gov/funding/applying/notices-funding/public-transportation-indian-reservations-program-fy-2018-notice
  • Purpose: “The primary purpose of these competitively selected grants is to support planning, capital, and, in limited circumstances, operating assistance for tribal public transit services. Funds distributed to Indian tribes under the TTP should not replace or reduce funds that Indian tribes receive from states through FTA’s Section 5311 program.”
  • Proposal Deadline: September 10, 2018; 11:59 p.m. EDT.  Grant proposal to be entered in Grants.gov – FTA recommends application entered 3 days prior to deadline.  Must ensure the applicant is approved for Grants.gov and SAM at least 3 weeks prior to application submittal.
  • Total Federal Funding Available:$5 Million
  • Eligible Applicants:“Federally recognized Indian tribes or Alaska Native villages, groups, or communities as identified by the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI), Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), located in rural areas with a population of 50,000 or less.”
  • Eligible Expenses: Public transportation capital (including technology), planning, and operating projects (in limited circumstances)
  • Matching Share:90% Federal and 10% non-federal share (note, if local share is an issue with a tribal agency, FTA may allow an exemption due to “financial hardship” – discuss with Todd)

Evaluation Criteria: 

  • Planning and Local/Regional Prioritization
  •  Project Readiness
  • Demonstration of Need
  • Demonstration of Benefits
  • Financial Commitment and Operating Capacity

Award Announcement:

  • Geographic diversity and past management of FTA funding may be considered in decision-making.
  • Projects must meet USDOT’s key objectives: support economic vitality, utilize alternative funding sources, accountable for life-cycle costs, innovative approaches to safety and project delivery, and Holding grant recipients accountable for their performance and achieving specific, measurable outcomes

Routematch Resource!

Connect with Todd for all your Funding Needs:

Todd Allen, Director of Government & Community Relations @Routematch
O: 919.676.8327 | C: 919.395.6296


Contact the appropriate FTA Regional Office for proposal-specific information and issues.

For general program information, contact:

Douglas Moore, Office of Program Management

202.366.0876 or douglas.moore@dot.gov.

A TDD is available at 1–800–877–8339 (TDD/ FIRS).