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2024-2025 Public Transit Facilities and Capital Greater Than $5,000 Grant

Grants to Minnesota Local Governments, Nonprofits, and
Tribal Governments to Improve Public Transit Services

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

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Grants to Minnesota local governments, nonprofit organizations, and Tribal governments to improve public transit services throughout the state. Funding is intended for projects to purchase, construct, rehabilitate, and lease bus-related facilities, non-facility capital projects, and technology projects. Applicants must indicate if projects are proposed for 2024 or 2025.

Project Types:

  • Categories of Proposed Facilities Projects:
    • Rehabilitation of Existing Facility
    • Facility expansion or new facilities to accommodate garaging of existing fleet
    • New Facilities to accommodate planned expansion of system or to improve operational efficiency
  • Large Capital (Technology) Project Types:
    • Phone System
    • Radio System
    • Mobile Data Terminals
    • Computer Hardware
    • Computer Software

Applicants must choose the primary objective of the proposed project:

  • Improve customer experience
  • Improve operational efficiency
  • Improve public or employee safety
  • Mitigate environmental impacts
  • Promote employee retention

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 135490

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Non-Facility capital projects in excess of $5,000.
- Technology projects in excess of $5,000.

Term of Contract:

This capital grant program supports applicants during a period from January 1, 2024 through December 31, 2025.

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.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Timeline
- July 15, 2020 – MnDOT releases application
- July 21, 2020 – Solicitation Assistance Webinar
- September 15, 2020 – Application due from applicants to MnDOT

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

Match Requirements:
For projects under this solicitation, the match is 20 percent local funds. For Bus-related Equipment and Facilities (such as recharging or refueling facilities, including clean fuel or alternative-fuel vehicle-related equipment), the match is 10 percent local funds.

Eligible sources of local match include the following:
- Cash from non-Government sources other than revenues from providing public transportation services;
- Revenues derived from the sale of advertising and concessions;​
- Amounts received under a service agreement with a State or local social service agency or private social service organization;
- Revenues generated from value capture financing mechanisms; or funds from an undistributed cash surplus;
- Replacement or depreciation cash fund or reserve.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:
- Public Transit Capital Facilities Application Form:
- Public Transit Capital Non-Facilities Application Form:
- Public Transit Capital Technology Application Form:

All transit systems need to work with the Facility Coordinator, Kent Ehrenstrom to complete all construction
requirements prior to the contract being executed.
Kent Ehrenstrom
Facility Coordinator and Transit Project Manager

Please contact your project manager if you need assistance with this application.
Project Manager Contacts
Darrell Washington
Implementation Unit Supervisor

Project Manager Contacts
John Groothuis
Rural Transit Coordinator and Transit Project Manager

Brien Konkol
Program Coordinator

Jean Meyer
Procurement Coordinator and Transit Project Manager

Tina Neary
Tribal Transit Coordinator and Transit Project Manager

Melinda Estey
Transit Project Manager

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