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Grants for Transportation Projects

Thu, Dec 11, 2014 @ 21:12 PM / by Michelle Hansen

Google is in the process of developing a car that will drive itself. It’s currently driving around the roads of Mountain View, California. Experts predict autonomous vetransportationhicles will be on the road by 2030. In the meantime, well-established public transportation modes like rail, bus, and bicycles are still a focus for government entities and non-profit organizations alike. Below are some selected grants that can help fund these projects.

Innovative Public Transportation Workforce Development Program (Ladders of Opportunity Initiative)

The deadline is coming quickly for this grant program from the Federal Transit Administration. Applications are due Dec. 23. Grants are made to state and local transit agencies, non-profits, universities, and other projects that enable low income workers to find employment in a public transportation business. Eligible projects provide skills training and other services needed to find employment in the public transportation industry. Grants will range from $200,000-$1 million. There is a minimum 50 percent non-federal match for all funds. Our professionals can handle last-minute advice and grant help if you are interested in this opportunity.

The Rockefeller Foundation

This foundation has five goals for its transportation grant program, including funding research, encouraging a new transportation agenda in the government, promoting philanthropic participation in transportation activities, creating and supporting sustainable transportation options, and building the capacity of states and cities to innovate and adopt best practices. One major program funded by The Rockefeller Foundation is the Bus Rapid Transit, a public transportation system that delivers the permanence, speed, and reliability of rail systems, along with the flexibility of bus systems, for a fraction of the cost.  The Foundation accepts inquires for grants only through its online inquiry system.

Surdna Foundation

This foundation supports programs that aim to make transportation systems more sustainable. The goal is to give people across the U.S. affordable and reliable public transit options while also minimizing the impact that transportation has on the environment and maximizing economic opportunities. Non-profit organizations located in the United States are eligible for this program. Letters of inquiry are accepted at any time.


Not all transportation grants have to be major transit initiatives. The PeopleforBikes Community Grant Program supports bicycle infrastructure projects and advocacy programs. Non-profit organizations, city and county governments or departments, and state and federal agencies working locally are eligible to apply. Most funds are focused on projects such as bike paths, mountain bike facilities, bike parks, BMX facilities, bike racks, bike storage, and well as bike parking. Certain advocacy projects are also funded. PeopleForBikes will fund engineering and design work, construction costs including materials, labor, equipment rental, and reasonable volunteer support costs. For advocacy projects, they will fund staffing that is directly related to accomplishing the goals of the initiative. The maximum grant award is $10,000. There will be two grant cycles in 2015. The spring application period will begin on Dec. 15 with online letters of interest due by Jan. 30. The fall period will open on June 15 with letters of intent due on July 31.

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Organizations applying for a transportation-based grant from this foundation will need to have a project based on reducing greenhouse gases and pollution. Specifically, the Foundation awards grants to projects that help increase fuel efficiency and access to transit, biking, and walking options. Letters of Inquiry are accepted on an ongoing basis. Grants awarded so far this year have ranged from $15,000-$3 million.


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