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VTCLI Eligibility

Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants for Section 5309 funds under this program are existing Direct Recipients under FTA's Section 5307 Urbanized Area Formula program, as well as local governments, States, and Indian Tribes. However, applicants who are not existing FTA grantees are strongly encouraged to identify an FTA grantee to act as a pass-through grantee. States may submit consolidated proposals for projects in a given State.

Proposals may contain projects to be implemented by the recipient or its subrecipients.  Eligible subrecipients of FTA funding include:  public agencies, private non-profit organizations, including VSOs and MSOs, and private providers engaged in public transportation.

Eligible Expenses

Projects eligible for funding under the Veterans Transportation and Community Living Initiative must focus on the implementation of One-Call/One-Click Centers and related transportation coordination. Projects may have two elements, a capital grant and a research grant.

Capital Grants

Eligible capital expenses under the Initiative include capital expenses related to the establishment of a One-Call/One-Click Center.  These costs can include: hardware purchases (computers, servers); in-vehicle technology (automatic vehicle location systems, communication devices, mobile data terminals); software (scheduling and dispatching, communications, billing, consumer mobile applications); facility-related capital (purchase, lease, alteration); design and engineering, including consultant costs; and project administration (not to exceed 10% of costs).

NOTE:  Vehicle acquisition, preventive maintenance costs, mobility management transportation coordination expenses, or operating expenses of Centers are not an eligible capital cost under this grant program.

Research Grants

VTCLI research grants may be used to cover non-capital expenses which help demonstrate the successful implementation of the One-Call/One-Click Center. Such expenses can include: marketing and outreach programs, coordinated planning exercises, training materials.  Research expenses must be directly related to the implementation of the capital grant.