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Tribal Transit Program (TTP)

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    A - Primarily intended to fund technology


    Federal Transit Administration (FTA)


    The primary purpose of these competitively selected grants is to support planning, capital, and, in limited circumstances, operating assistance for tribal public transit services. Funds distributed to Indian tribes under the TTP should NOT replace or reduce funds that Indian tribes receive from States through FTAs Formula Grants for Rural Areas Program.

    In FY 2019, priority consideration will be given to eligible projects that support one or more of the following elements of the Secretary of Transportations Ladders of Opportunity initiative:

    • Enhancing access to work for tribal members lacking ready access to transportation, especially in low-income communities;
    • Supporting economic opportunities by offering transit access to employment centers, educational and training opportunities, and other basic needs; and
    • Supporting partnerships and coordinated planning that link tribal communities to other governmental, health, medical, education, social, human service, and transportation providers to improve coordinated planning and delivery of workforce development, training, and basic services that enhance employment outcomes.

    In FY 2019, eligible projects include:

    • Public transportation planning,
    • Capital and operating projects, in limited circumstances.

    Specific types of projects include:

    • Capital projects for start-ups,
    • Replacement or expansion needs;
    • Operating assistance for start-ups; and
    • Planning projects up to $25,000.

    Indian tribes applying for capital replacement or expansion needs must demonstrate a sustainable source of operating funds for existing or expanded services.


    History of Funding

    Previously funded projects can be viewed at

    Additional Information

    In FY 2019, FTA will only consider operating assistance requests from tribes without existing transit service, or those tribes who received a TTP formula allocation of less than $20,000.


    Jasmine A. Clemons

    Jasmine A. Clemons
    Office of Program Management
    1200 New Jersey Avenue SE
    Washington, DC 20590

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are 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).

    Deadline Details

    Proposals are to be submitted by July 9, 2019. A similar deadline is anticipated annually.

    Award Details

    Up to $5,000,000 was available for the Tribal Transit Program in FY 2019. Award amounts vary. There is a $25,000 cap on planning grant awards. Cost sharing/matching of 10% is required.

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