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Transit Grant Opportunities

Below are currently available transit funding opportunities. This page will be updated as more funding opportunities open up through the FBRMPO and other agencies and organizations such as the FTA and NADTC.

Current/Ongoing Transit Grant Opportunities 

Accelerating Innovative Mobility (AIM) Challenge Grant

  • The AIM Challenge Grant promotes innovation by awarding funds to forward-thinking approaches to improve financing, system design, and service.
  • The grant opportunity is open to all types of transit agencies, does not have a minimum or maximum project size, and requires implementation and launch of any proposed project within 12 months of being awarded funding.
  • Examples: dynamic mobility hubs in rural areas, data collection tools, transit service automation, new technology, novel partnerships, integrated payment systems, creative financing, etc.
  • Deadline is May 18th

Help Obtain Prosperity for Everyone (HOPE) Program

HOPE supports planning, engineering, and technical studies or financial planning to improve transit services in areas experiencing long-term economic distress. It will also support coordinated human service transportation planning to improve transit service or provide new services such as rides to opioid abuse recovery and treatment facilities.

Funds are available to applicants defined as eligible recipients or subrecipients under 5307, 5310, or 5311 in areas of persistent poverty.

Eligible projects include: planning, engineering, development of technical or financial planning for projects eligible under Chapter 53 of Title 49 USC.

Deadline is June 3rd

Innovations in Accessible Mobility Grant

Funding from the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center to support “ready-to-launch” program innovations to increase accessible transportation for older adults and people with disabilities.

Up to $30,000 grants will be awarded to as many as 10 communities for a six-month period.

Eligible applicants include local and regional private nonprofit and government organizations that directly provide transportation services.

Examples of projects: travel training, volunteer transportation, extended schedules, door-to-door service, ride-sharing, mobility management, access to opioid treatment centers.

Deadline is May 1st


The French Broad River MPO holds the call for the Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program (49 USC Section 5310). The 5310 Program provides FTA funding to aid non-profit organizations, private operators, and public agencies in providing coordinated transportation services that are designed, planned, and implemented in order to meet the needs of elderly persons and persons with disabilities.

The current call for 5310 and JARC applications closed on April 22, 2020.

Section 5310 Program and Eligibility Requirements

5310 funds are available for capital and operating expenses to support the provision of transportation services to meet the specific needs of elderly persons and persons with disabilities. Requirements are detailed in the City of Asheville’s Program Management Plan. 

At least 55% of annual apportionment must be used for public transportation capital projects. Up to 45% of apportionment may be used for additional transportation projects that exceed ADA requirements, improve access to fixed-route service, or provide alternatives to transportation for the target population.

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Jobs Access Reverse Commute (JARC) falls under the Human Services Transportation grant funding as well. The goal of JARC is to improve access to transportation services to employment and employment related activities for welfare recipients and eligible low-income individuals and to transport residents of urbanized areas and non-urbanized areas to suburban employment opportunities. JARC funding in the FBRMPO region is calculated based on a 10% set-aside from the 5307 urban transit formula apportioned for the Asheville Urbanized Area.

FBRMPO holds a spring call for projects for JARC funding. Find the call for projects materials below.

FBRMPO Community Transportation Stakeholders Mailing List

If you would like to be added to the FBRMPO “Community Transportation Stakeholders” list and be notified about 5310 and JARC calls for projects, please contact mpo@landofsky.org with your name, agency name and email address.