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Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities

Grants to Connecticut and Massachusetts Nonprofits
and Agencies to Enhance Transit for Seniors with Disabilities

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Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT)

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04/12/19 4:00 PM


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Grants to Connecticut and Massachusetts nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and public transportation operators to improve mobility for senior citizens and individuals with disabilities. Funding is available for traditional capital projects, nontraditional projects, and for operating expenses. Typical projects include the purchase of accessible vehicles, mobility management programs, travel voucher programs, and operating support of volunteer driver programs or demand response services. Sixty percent of the funds in Connecticut are apportioned to large urbanized areas, 20% to small urbanized areas, and 20% to areas of the State under 50,000 in population (rural).

Traditional projects include:
- Accessible buses; wheelchair lifts, ramps, and securement devices; transit-related information technology systems including scheduling/routing/one-call systems; and mobility management programs.
- Acquisition of transportation services under a contract, lease, or other arrangement. Both capital and operating costs associated with contracted service are eligible capital expenses.

Nontraditional project examples include:
- Travel training
- Volunteer driver programs
- Purchasing vehicles to support new accessible taxi programs
- Mobility management programs

Projects selected for Section 5310 must be included in the Locally Coordinated Human Services Transportation Plan (LOCHSTP). LOCHSTP was developed in 2007 and updated in 2009 through a process that included participation by seniors; individuals with disabilities; representatives of public, private, nonprofit transportation and human service providers; and other members of the public.

The Connecticut Rural Transit Assistance Program (CTRTAP) scholarship program is available to Section 5310 recipients for the purpose of sending administrative staff, drivers and/or maintenance personnel to training events, conferences, and seminars that are directly related to the operation and maintenance of Section 5310 vehicles and services. Scholarship funds are only available for the reimbursement of registration fees, travel/transportation, lodging and meals related to such training events, conferences and seminars, and may not exceed $1,000 per trip per individual.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 168046

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible subrecipients include private nonprofit organizations, states or local government authorities, or operators of public transportation. Taxi companies that provide exclusive-ride service are not eligible recipients but may participate in the Section 5310 program as contractors.

Pre-Application Information:

For Traditional Section 5310 Capital applications: A Public Notice must be published in a major newspaper with the greatest readership in the proposed service area by March 22, 2019.

Applications must be received by both the Department of Transportation and the Regional Councils of Government no later than 4:00 pm on Friday, April 12, 2019. The application should be submitted via e-mail only, via one (1) attachment.

The federal share of eligible capital costs may not exceed 80 percent, and 50 percent for operating assistance. The recipient is responsible for providing the match. Match can come from other Federal (non-DOT) funds.

A total of $2,892,325 is available as follows:
-Bridgeport--Stamford, CT: $737,267
-Hartford, CT: $843,895
-New Haven, CT: $511,971
-Norwich--New London, CT: $184,266
-Connecticut - Small Urban: $193,946
-Connecticut - Rural: $295,965
-Springfield, MA: $91,411
-Worcester, MA: $30,089

Applicants may apply for multiple projects under traditional capital investment and nontraditional investment.

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A copy of the Locally Coordinated Human Services Transportation Plan can be found here:

CTRTAP Scholarship applications and requirements may be found here:

Contact Information:

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

Submit applications to:

Emails for Regional Councils of Governments can be found here:

Alicia Gonzalez
Phone: (860) 594-2843
FAX: (860) 594-3445

State of Connecticut Department of Transportation
2800 Berlin Turnpike
Newington, CT 06111


Funding or Pin Number:

#5310 Program_2019

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Connecticut;   Massachusetts: Springfield and Worcester