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Community Transit Grant

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Community Transit Grant Program is an annual competitive grant application process administered by the Rail & Transit Division (RTD) of MassDOT. The application process typically begins in mid-January or early February with six applicant training sessions, followed by a one-month open application period during the month of February. Please consult the posted schedule for dates and deadlines. Applicants that are selected for awards are usually notified around the first week of April.

View the schedule for the State Fiscal Year 2017 Grant Application Trainings

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) provides financial assistance to states through a number of programs to develop new transit systems and improve, maintain, and operate existing systems. The Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has designated the MassDOT as the agency of authority and responsibility for administering assistance received in Massachusetts through Title 49 USC Sections 5310, and 5339 (Small-Urban & Statewide portions only) funding programs.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts through RTD within MassDOT, provides financial assistance to eligible organizations through several programs to provide a state financial match to federally funded capital, operating, and planning projects. RTD distributes financial assistance through the Mobility Assistance Program (MAP) to provide transportation services to elderly persons and persons with disabilities as defined in Chapter 637 Sec. 13 of the Acts of 1983.

State Fiscal Year 2017 Application Cycle 
Application Availability: The state fiscal year 2017 application period will open on January 25, 2016. 

Application Due Date: All applications must be received by MassDOT no later than 5 p.m. on February 22, 2016. 

Applicants must use MassDOT’s online grant application system, GrantsPlus, to submit applications. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications before the deadline. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. 

Any questions should be directed to Jillian Linnell, at  or by phone at 857-368-8584. 

We look forward to your application submission.

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