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Public Transportation on Indian Reservations - 2012 NOFA

Date Posted: 3/09/2012
Date Closed: 5/10/2012
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Details: 3/12/2012. Solicitation of Project Proposals: Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program; Tribal Transit Program (Text) (PDF) Synopses and full announcement are posted on site as opportunity FTA-2012-007-TPM-TRTR. Proposals must be submitted electronically through website by midnight Eastern Time on Thursday, May 10, 2012.


Section 3013(c) of SAFETEA-LU, Pub. L. 109-59 (August 10, 2005) amended 49 U.S.C. 5311(c) by establishing the Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program (Tribal Transit Program or TTP). This program authorizes direct grants “under such terms and conditions as may be established by the Secretary” to Indian tribes for any purpose eligible under FTA’s Nonurbanized Area Formula Program, 49 U.S.C. 5311 (Section 5311 program). Approximately $15 million is expected to be available for the Tribal Transit Program discretionary allocation and may include other discretionary program funds that become available. The total amount of funding available will be contingent on Congressional authorization prior to the selection of awardees, and based on the timing of such funding becoming available, may also include funding appropriated for Fiscal Year 2013. TTP funds are to be allocated for grants to Federally-recognized Indian tribes for any purpose eligible under the Section 5311 program. The Conference Report that accompanied SAFETEA-LU indicated that the funds set aside for Indian tribes in the TTP are not meant to replace or reduce funds that Indian tribes receive from States through FTA’s Section 5311 program. TTP funds are meant to complement any 5311 funds that applicants may be receiving. Tribal transit funds will be competitively allocated to support planning, capital, and operating assistance for tribal public transit services.

Eligible Applicants

Federally-recognized Indian tribes or Alaska Native villages, groups, or communities as identified by the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI), Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). As evidence of Federal recognition, a tribe may submit a copy of the most up-to-date Federal Register notice published by DOI, BIA: Entities Recognized and Eligible to Receive Service from the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs. To be an eligible recipient, a tribe must have the requisite legal, financial and technical capabilities to receive and administer Federal funds under this program. Applicants must be registered in the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) database and maintain an active CCR registration with current information at all times during which it has an active Federal award or an application or plan under consideration by FTA.

Link and Instructions for attaching the supplemental form to the SF-424

All applicants must complete the supplemental form (PDF) and attach it to their submission on

Instructions for searching and attaching forms (MS Word) on


An applicant must submit a proposal electronically by midnight Eastern Time on Thursday, May 10, 2012. Any agency intending to apply should initiate the process of registering on the site immediately to ensure completion of registration before the submission deadline.

For Further Information Contact

Cathy Monroe, Tribal Transit Program, (816) 329-3929, or the Office of Program Management, (202) 366-2053.


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