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American Public Transportation Association

 2016 Local Coalition Grant Guidelines


Any local public transportation coalition is eligible, provided it has the support of the local APTA transit system member(s) and is a member of the National Alliance of Public Transportation Advocates (NAPTA). For this grant program, a coalition is defined as a collection of groups and/or individuals joined together for the common purpose of promoting transit. An APTA transit system member may apply for the funds on behalf of a coalition or a coalition may apply directly for the funds. Grant applications will be solicited from April 8 - June 10, 2016.

Important Dates

Deadlines and grant requirement dates are as follows:

  • Application Deadline: Friday, June 10, 2016 
  • Award Announcement: July 2016
  • Interim Report Due: Friday, December 30, 2016 
  • Funds Fully Spent and Final Report Due: Monday, June 1, 2017

Grant Funding Amounts

Grant amounts awarded to coalitions for projects will not exceed $10,000. Matching funds are not required as a condition of grant approval.

Project Scope

Projects should focus on grassroots advocacy efforts that can help achieve specific state and local public transportation goals. Projects that support local or regional funding initiatives intended to help support public transportation are highly encouraged. Other activities could include: activities supportive of national efforts to obtain additional revenue support at the federal level; activities in partnership with local Chambers of Commerce or other prominent business organizations that support public transportation and community mobility; and efforts to educate decision-makers about policies favorable to public transportation. Grant recipients are also expected to attend the NAPTA Advocacy Day meeting at the APTA Legislative Conference and be vocal advocates with their respective federal representatives on federal issues related to public transportation.

Application and Submittal

  • Download application here​ (Requires free My APTA registration)
  • Due June 10, 2016: Submit your application online here​ or if necessary, via USPS to:

    Zach Smith 
    American Public Transportation Association
    1300 I (Eye) Street NW, Suite 1200
    Washington, DC 20006
    (202) 496-4807
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