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

Grants to New York Nonprofits and
Agencies for Transportation Services

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT)

Conf. Date:

02/14/20

Deadline Date:

03/16/20

Description:

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Grants to New York nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and Tribal governments for improved transportation options. Funding is intended to address barriers to transportation by offering appropriate transportation services to elderly citizens and people with disabilities. The goal of the grant program is to provide financial assistance for mobility services that are planned, designed, and carried out to meet the transportation needs of seniors and individuals with disabilities.

Eligible projects include:

  • 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.

NYSDOT is federally mandated to use a minimum of 55 percent of each apportionment to support traditional projects that are planned and designed to meet the special needs of seniors and individuals with disabilities and are carried out by eligible entities.  Traditional projects include the purchasing of buses, vans, wheelchair lifts, ramps and transit-related technology systems. For additional information, see: https://www.dot.ny.gov/divisions/policy-and-strategy/public-trans-respository/2019%202020%20S%205310%20Program%20Guide%20FINAL%201.29.20.pdf#page=36

Up to 45 percent of the remaining funds may be used to support enhanced transportation projects, which are those that exceed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements, 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 individual with disabilities.  Examples of enhanced transportation projects include travel training, volunteer driver programs, improving signage and improving access to sidewalks and crosswalks. For additional information see: https://www.dot.ny.gov/divisions/policy-and-strategy/public-trans-respository/2019%202020%20S%205310%20Program%20Guide%20FINAL%201.29.20.pdf#page=37

For information about eligibility criteria and project requirements, see: https://www.dot.ny.gov/divisions/policy-and-strategy/public-trans-respository/2019%202020%20S%205310%20Program%20Guide%20FINAL%201.29.20.pdf#page=5

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 172956

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$28,700,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funds are allocated as follows:
- $16.1 million for the New York Metropolitan Area
- $5.4 million for large urban areas with a population greater than 200,00
- $2.3 million for urban areas with a population from 50,000 to 200,000
- $2.3 million for rural areas with a population less than 50,000

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. Applicant should submit 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.

OR

b. The Applicant is approved to coordinate these services. Applicants should submit 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:

Webinar #1
Date: Thursday, February 13, 2020
Time: 2:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time
Join: https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/j.php?MTID=m3b074faedbfcf704064222a0b85ec40b

Webinar #2
Date: Friday, February 14, 2020
Time: 10:00 am, Eastern Daylight Time
Join: https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/j.php?MTID=m3113968b1b95f7f168b4f0893db8e2c1

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for applications is March 16, 2020

For this solicitation, NYSDOT will continue to use the new procedure implemented in 2019 to administratively manage subrecipient’s local share portions of their total project costs. Additionally, locally required contingency amounts have been decreased by 5 percent to a 10 percent contingency amount to be added to the required local match for awarded vehicles. For additional information, see: https://www.dot.ny.gov/divisions/policy-and-strategy/public-trans-respository/2019%202020%20S%205310%20Program%20Guide%20FINAL%201.29.20.pdf#page=14

Additional information and forms: https://www.dot.ny.gov/divisions/policy-and-strategy/public-transportation/specialized-transportation/5310/5310-forms

Contact Information:

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

Submit applications and questions to:
5310Mobility2019@dot.ny.gov

Kent Sopris
Public Transportation Bureau
(518) 457-8335
Kent.Sopris@dot.ny.gov

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