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Areas of Persistent Poverty Program 2021 Notice of Funding Opportunity

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Opportunity ID: FTA-2021-005-TPE

Details: Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). Solicitation of Project Proposals for the Areas of Persistent Poverty Program. Synopsis and full announcement are posted on as Opportunity ID FTA-2021-005-TPE. Proposals must be submitted electronically through by midnight Eastern Daylight Time on 09/13/2021. 

Summary: The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the opportunity to apply for $16.3 million in competitive grants for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021. This program supports projects that will improve transit services or facilities in areas of persistent poverty through planning, engineering, technical studies, or financial plans for projects. Applicants are encouraged to work with non-profits or other entities of their choosing to develop an eligible project.

The Areas of Persistent Poverty Program is intended to:

  • Support the Biden-Harris Administration’s goals of advancing racial equity and support for underserved communities and protecting public health and the environment.
  • Support transportation planning to improve transit service in areas experiencing long-term economic distress.
  • Improve transit access for environmental justice populations, provide equity-focused community outreach in underserved communities, and remove barriers to opportunity.
  • Increase access to jobs and healthcare through enhanced transit options and improved facilities.

Eligible Applicants: Applicants for the Areas of Persistent Poverty program must be eligible recipients or sub-recipients under section 5307, 5310, or 5311 of title 49, U.S. Code. An application must clearly identify the eligible lead applicant and all project partners on the team. Eligible project partners and sub-recipients may include, but are not limited to:

  • Public transportation systems
  • Operators of transportation, such as employee shuttle services or airport connector services, or university transportation systems
  • State or local government entities
  • Other organizations that may contribute to the success of the project team including consultants, research consortia or nonprofit industry organizations, and institutions of higher education

Link and Instructions for attaching the supplemental form to the SF-424: A complete proposal submission will consist of at least two files: (1) the SF 424 Mandatory Form and (2) the Areas of Persistent Poverty Program FY 2021 supplemental form. The supplemental form provides guidance and a consistent format for applicants to respond to the criteria outlined in this NOFO. Once completed, the applicant must place the supplemental form in the attachments section of the SF-424 Mandatory form. Applicants must use the supplemental form designated for Areas of Persistent Poverty and attach the form to their submission in to complete the application process. A proposal submission may contain additional supporting documentation as attachments.

Dates: An applicant must submit a proposal electronically by 11:59 PM ET on September 13, 2021. Any agency intending to apply should initiate the process of registering on the GRANTS.GOV site immediately to ensure completion of registration before the submission deadline.

For more information: Attend FTA's funding opportunity webinar on July 29 or contact Tonya Holland, FTA Office of Planning and Environment, at (202) 493-0383.

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