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and Nonprofits to Improve Public Transportation

2022 - 2026 Public Transit Facilities, Large Capital and Technology Grant

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Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) - Public Transit Participation Program

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Grants to Minnesota local and tribal governments and nonprofit organizations for public transportation improvements. Eligible projects may include implementing new technologies, purchasing, renting, or enhancing facilities, and large capital projects. To be eligible, applicants must have a public transit management plan on file in Black Cat.

Eligible projects

  • Capital projects to rehabilitate, purchase, or construct, new lease/rent, lease to own transit-related facilities.
  • Non-Facility, large capital projects in excess of $5,000:
    • Examples: replacement of non-revenue service/support vehicles, bus stop improvements, garage equipment, etc.
  • Technology projects in excess of $5,000:
    • Eligible Technology Projects: Base technologies (these are the ground floor of technology needs, such as cameras on buses, routing software for small systems to replace spreadsheets, maintenance software, etc.), previously contracted projects requiring additional resources, near term projects that can be completed within a year, communication upgrades & infrastructure (radios, phone systems, call back systems to riders, call recording system/Realtime equipment, etc.), other technology projects that are up to $100,000.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 135490

Estimated Size of Grant:

This capital grant program supports public transit facilities and non-vehicle capital greater than $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Jan. 1, 2022 through Dec. 31, 2026

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include local governments, non-profits (MN Statute 174.24), and Tribal governments.

To be eligible, applicants must have a public transit management plan on file in Black Cat. The content of the
management plan is based on Minnesota Rules Chapter 8835.0260 and 2 CFR Part 200 Uniform Administrative
Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.

New applicants must have a MnDOT pre-award audit completed prior to application award.

Non-Eligible Technology Projects: Large multi-year projects, large routing software, new fare collection, software driven projects that have a long timeline for delivery or implementation, projects needing research and functional requirements, projects in pilots, trip planners.

Pre-Application Information:

- Application Release August 13, 2021
- Application Due to Office of Transit September 30, 2021
- Committee Evaluation Meeting October 20-22, 2021
- Project Notification Letter November 2021

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:
Facilities Application Form -
Large Capital Application Form -
Technology Application Form -

Michael Johnson
Program supervisor

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