Age-Friendly Funding Alert: Transportation Support Opportunities from MassMobility

May 20, 2020

MHAC’s partners at MassMobility have shared the following opportunities to support transportation for older adults, people with disabilities, veterans, low-income commuters, and others who lack transportation access in Massachusetts.

  • Mettropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) and MassDevelopment are offering emergency grants to state and municipal agencies, Regional Transit Authorities, and health and human service transportation providers for paying taxi, livery, or hackney companies to do essential COVID-19 trips or delivery. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through June 12.
  • MassDOT’s annual Community Transit Grant Program opened May 8, with applications due June 26. Councils on Aging, non-profits, transit authorities, municipalities, and some taxis can apply for funding for vehicles, mobility management projects, or operating expenses to expand mobility for older adults and people with disabilities. New applicants should contact Jenna Henning before applying.
  • Another annual MassDOT grant opened May 15. Helping Hand Mini Grants offer up to $500 to Councils on Aging, Regional Transit Authorities, or non-profit transportation providers in rural and small urban areas. Apply by June 15.
  • The national Community Mobility Design Challenge 2020 offers planning grants to cross-sector teams coming together to brainstorm how to address community transportation barriers. Applications are due July 6.
  • The federal Department of Transportation is sponsoring an inclusive design challenge, inviting teams to compete to win prizes for designing accessible autonomous vehicles. Teams must incorporate input from groups representing individuals with disabilities. Register for a June 3 webinar to learn more.