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Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Grant Program (Section 5310)

Grants to New York Nonprofits and Agencies for Transportation
Services for Individuals with Disabilities and Seniors

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Grants to New York nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and Tribal governments to offer transportation services to senior citizens and individuals with disabilities. The purpose of this program is to address barriers to transportation and expand options in transportation mobility to qualifying beneficiaries.

The program provides financial assistance for transportation services planned, designed, and carried out to meet the special transportation needs of seniors and individuals with disabilities, including:

-Public transportation projects planned, designed, and carried out to meet the special needs of seniors and individuals with disabilities when public transportation is insufficient, inappropriate, or unavailable;
-Public transportation projects that exceed the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA);
-Public transportation projects that improve access to fixed-route service and decrease reliance on complementary paratransit; and
-Alternatives to public transportation projects that assist seniors and individuals with disabilities and with transportation.

Traditional and Enhanced Activities

Pursuant to federal law, a minimum of 55 percent of the available program funds in each urbanized and non-urbanized areas must be used to support traditional projects that are designed to meet the special needs of seniors and individuals with disabilities that are planned, designed and carried out by eligible entities. Traditional projects include the purchasing of buses, vans, wheelchair lifts, ramps and transit-related technology systems.

Up to 45 percent of the remaining program funds may be used to support enhanced projects. Enhanced transportation projects are those that exceed the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), improve access to fixed-route service, decrease reliance by individuals with disabilities on complementary paratransit, or provide alternatives to public transportation that assist seniors and individuals with disabilities. Examples of enhanced transportation projects include travel training, volunteer driver programs, improving signage and improving access to sidewalks and crosswalks.

Eligible Projects:

Funding is available for capital and operating expenses to support the provision of transportation services to meet the specific needs of seniors and individuals with disabilities. Projects must be targeted toward meeting the transportation needs of seniors and individuals with disabilities, although they may be used by the general public.

Project Types and Eligible Activities:

Vehicle Purchase / Other Capital Purchase - Traditional or Enhanced:
-Purchase Buses from NYS OGS Adult Bus Contract
-Benches, Shelters & Passenger Amenities
-Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) planning and technology
-Other vehicle types not on OGS Adult Bus Contract to support shared-ride services.
-Radio Equipment
-Support Facilities and Equipment
-Vehicle Rehabilitation or Overhaul

Capital Purchase - Traditional:
-Computer Hardware and Software
-Preventive Maintenance

Capital Purchase - Enhanced:
-Accessibility improvements to non-key stations and stops
-Vehicles or equipment designed to accommodate oversized mobility aids beyond ADA requirements

Mobility Management - Traditional or Enhanced:
-Coordination of services for 5310 target populations
-ITS planning and technology that directly supports a Mobility Management Project such as:
-Call center, or coordination and dispatch computer system.
-Operation of transportation brokerage
-Support to plan and implement coordinated services
-Support of State and local coordination policy bodies and councils
-Travel Training

Operating Assistance - Traditional or Enhanced:
-Transportation Operating Expenses for services provided to 5310 target populations
-Vouchers to support volunteer driver programs, taxi, or trips provided by human service agencies.

Operating Assistance - Enhanced:
-Accessible Feeder Services to commuter or intercity rail and bus, where paratransit is not available.
-Expanding ADA Paratransit Services

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 172956

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Term of Contract:

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) requires that a start date cannot be before the start of the solicitation (3/27/2017) and Pre-Award authority must be requested for the project. However, since the Federal Grant will not be executed before the end of September and contracts will not be executed before the end of the year, NYSDOT recommends that Agencies use 1/1/18 for any reimbursable projects.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
-Private nonprofit corporations (Traditional and Enhanced projects)
-Public agencies where no private nonprofits are readily available to provide the proposed service (Traditional projects)
-Public agencies that have been approved by the State to coordinate services (Traditional projects)
-All public agencies and operators of public transportation services (Enhanced projects)
-Indian Tribal Governments (Traditional and Enhanced projects)

For both traditional and enhanced projects:

1. Private not-for-profit organizations incorporated within New York State may apply for funding of both traditional and enhanced projects. As the primary intended applicant, the private not-for-profit organization must:

a. Have a current Charities Registration Number for proof of eligibility. If not yet issued a Charities Registration Number, applicant must attach to the application other documentation of proof of 501(c)(3) status.

b. Be registered and pre-qualified (not-for-profit entities only) in New York State Grants Gateway. To Register in Grants Gateway, complete the required form to the address listed on the form. Once registered, Not-for-Profit entities must complete the Grants Gateway Pre-Qualification process.

2. A State or local governmental authority, or Indian Tribal government applying for traditional projects must also be able to certify that:

a. A not-for-profit organization is not readily available in the area to provide transportation services to seniors and individuals with disabilities;

Either a letter on government letterhead, signed by the government’s chief executive officer; or a board approved municipal resolution certifying that there are no not-for-profit corporations or associations readily available in the area to provide transportation services to seniors and individuals with disabilities must be attached to the application.

NYSDOT may reject this certification if it is determined that private not-for-profit organizations are available and provide transportation services in the proposed service area.


b. The Applicant is approved to coordinate these services.

An agreement with existing transportation providers in an area of proposed service establishing the governmental authority as the coordinator of transportation services; and documentation of the coordination activities accomplished or proposed must be attached to the application.

In addition to the above applicants, for enhanced projects:

3. Private taxi companies providing shared-ride taxi service to the general public on a regular basis or are operators of public transportation may apply. Note that:

-Similar to general public and ADA demand response service, every trip does not have to be shared-ride in order for a taxi company to be considered a shared-ride operator, but the general nature of this service must include shared rides.

-Any taxi company or any agency that currently has a program involving taxi services should ensure its need is articulated in the locally developed coordinated plan and that the organization strategy being proposed is also included in the plan.

-Taxi companies that provide only exclusive-ride service may participate in the program as contractors only. Exclusive-ride taxi companies may receive Section 5310 funds to purchase accessible taxis under contract with an eligible sub-recipient such as a local government or not-for-profit organization.

School buses purchases are not available through this Program.

Pre-proposal Conference:

To facilitate the development of applications, NYSDOT will be hosting a series of webinars and providing opportunities to review pre-applications with Department staff. NYSDOT will also post the webinars for potential project sponsors to view.

WebEx Webinar Schedule

-Thursday, July 13, 2017, 10:30 AM, EST
-Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 1:30 PM, EST
-Thursday, July 20, 2017, 10:30 AM, EST

Pre-Application Information:

Approximately $28.7 million is available under this solicitation and will be allocated as follows:
-$17.6 million for the New York Metropolitan Area
-$5.3 million for large urban areas with a population greater than 200,000
-$2.5 million for urban areas with a population from 50,000 to 200,000
-$3.3 million for rural areas with a population less than 50,000

This grant opportunity requires a 20 percent applicant match for capital and mobility management projects and a 50 percent match for operating projects.

Financial Requirements by Project Type:

For Vehicle Capital Projects, sub-recipients must:

-Provide the required 20 percent applicant match deposit for vehicle(s) only. NYSDOT collects the applicant match (20 percent) at the contract execution time and deposits it into an individual sub-recipient account.

Locally required amounts are increased by 15 percent for awarded vehicles as a contingency against unanticipated price increases or equipment modifications at contract award time which increases the calculated applicant match amount. Do not factor in this increase in your grant application.

For Other Capital Equipment and Mobility Management Projects, sub-recipients must:

-First instance project expenses and seek up to 80 percent reimbursement from NYSDOT after the expenditure of applicant funds.

For Operating Assistance, sub-recipients must:

-First instance the operating costs for eligible projects and may apply to NYSDOT or other applicable designated recipient for up to 25 percent of the Federal award amount after 3 months of eligible expenses have been incurred.

Applications must be submitted via email to NYSDOT by August 21, 2017.

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City;   New York