IndyGo Announces Grants

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IndyGo in Indianapolis has announced more than $1 million in grants to organizations that serve the elderly or riders with disabilities. The Federal Transit Administration funding will be used for projects including new vehicles, accessibility equipment and taxi vouchers. INDIANAPOLIS (July 25, 2014) - IndyGo, the designated recipient of the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) Section 5310 funds, is responsible for disbursing and administering allocated funds to eligible organizations and service providers in the Indianapolis region.

Section 5310 is a grant program providing capital and operating assistance for transportation programs serving the elderly and individuals with disabilities. The grant also requires a local match provided by the grant recipient either at 20 percent or 50 percent depending on whether a project is seeking capital or operating assistance respectively.

In February, IndyGo hosted a "Call for Projects" informational session on the Section 5310 grant. At the end of the application period in April, a total of 10 grant applications were received from six agencies seeking $1.4M in funding. The grant applications were then reviewed by a committee comprised of individuals with expertise in regional mobility issues. Judging criteria included administrative and fiscal capacity, committed local match and merits of the project to serve a community's transportation needs. Due to the overwhelming response, several applications were awarded partial funding of their project.

Capital assistance grantees include:

Agency: TANGRAM

Project: Purchase of an accessible low-floor mini-van to facilitate transportation services for individuals with disabilities.

Funding Award: $32,000

Agency: CICOA Aging and In-Home Solutions, Inc.

Project: Purchase of two small transit vehicles with liftsto continue support of CICOA's Way2Go Transportation Program which provides transportation to individuals with disabilities.

Funding Award: $68,099

Agency: IndyGo

Project: Purchase of up to eight large lift equipped vehicles to replace those that have exceeded their useful life, allowing IndyGo to continue its Open Door services beyond the ADA 3/4 mile requirement.

Funding Award: $423,534

Agency: Noble of Indiana

Project: Purchase of two accessible low-floor mini-vans to facilitate Noble's transportation services for individuals with disabilities in Noble's Community Integration Program.

Funding Award: $80,000

Agency: BOSMA Industries for the Blind

Project: Purchase of one accessible low-floor mini-van to replace one that has exceeded its useful life, allowing BOSMA to provide transportation support to individuals with vision disabilities.

Funding Award: $40,000

Operating assistance grantees include:

Agency: CICOA Aging and In-Home Solutions

Project: Transportation vouchers for elderly and disabled individuals.

Funding Award: $220,320

Agency: IndyGo

Project: Taxi vouchers to facilitate same day services for persons with disabilities.

Funding Award: $107,640

Agency: BOSMA Industries for the Blind

Project: Staffing and vehicle expenses related to the operation of a transportation service for individuals with vision disabilities.

Funding Award: $40,550

To learn more about the Section 5310 Grant, or any of these agencies, please visit Indygo.net.

Source: IndyGo