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Now Accepting Community Connections Grant Applications

The Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is pleased to announce the opening of the application period for Community Connections Program grants. Applications will be accepted from October 30, 2020, to December 11, 2020. Funds will be awarded during federal fiscal year 2022, which begins on October 1, 2021.

Information Session for Interested Applicants

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What is the Community Connections Program?

Community Connections (CC) is the MPO’s funding program for first- and last-mile solutions, community transportation, and other small, nontraditional transportation projects such as those that update transit technology and improve bicycle facilities. The CC program is one of the investment programs included in the MPO’s current Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), Destination 2040, and is funded at a level of $2 million per year in the FFYs 2021-25 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).

Who Can Apply?

Eligible applicants include municipalities and regional transit authorities (RTAs) within the Boston MPO region. Other entities, such as transportation management associations and nonprofit organizations, are encouraged to apply in partnership with a municipality or RTA that has agreed to serve as the project proponent and fiscal manager.

What Projects Are Eligible?

The CC program funds projects in the following categories:

  • Automatic vehicle location (AVL)
  • Bike-supportive infrastructure, including:
    • Bikeshare stations and vehicles
    • Bicycle parking and shelters
  • Bus Lanes
  • Education about transportation options
  • E-Ink Signs for MBTA bus stops
  • Parking management
    • Parking leases
    • Payment systems
  • Transit operating (new bus or shuttle service)
  • Transit signal priority

Projects that add capacity to the roadway network are ineligible. More details are available in the appendix to the application document. If you have questions about the eligibility of a project you would like to apply for, please contact Sandy Johnston (contact information below).

How Do I Apply?

Take these three steps to apply for CC Program funding:

  1. Contact MPO staff to discuss your project concept and verify its potential eligibility for the program.
  2. Fill out the application form (Microsoft Word document) and the accompanying budget form, which varies by the type of project.
  3. Submit all documentation to MPO staff in one digital folder. (Additional instructions are in the application document).

Relevant documents:
Community Connections Application Form

Budget forms:

Contact

Sandy Johnston, MPO Staff
857.702.3710
sjohnston@ctps.org

More Information

Development of the CC Program

Taxicab, Livery, and Hackney Transportation Partnership Grants

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council provides funding to contract with taxicab, livery, or hackney businesses to meet transportation and delivery needs. Eligible grantees include regional transit agencies, municipal and state agencies, health and human services agencies, and nonprofit organizations. Individual grant awards will not exceed $250,000. The application deadline is November 20, 2020.