Overview of Application
MassDOT and its evaluation teams use the GrantsPlus+ web-based grant management system for both state and federal public transportation grants. Applicants are asked to describe their project(s) and provide relevant information. Based on the information provided by the applicant, MassDOT will rate the application and determine which organizations will receive federal and state grant funding. The grant application process occurs on an annual basis.
Purpose and Goal of Application and Grant Programs
The GrantsPlus+ system replaces the previous single grant application. This web-based grant management system serves to streamline the grant application and approval process.
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 Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) as the agency of authority and responsibility for administering assistance received in Massachusetts through Title 49 USC Sections 5310, 5311, 5316, 5317, and 5339 (Small-Urban & Statewide portions only) funding programs.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts through the Rail & Transit Division (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 § 13 of the Acts of 1983.
MassDOT Community Transit Grant Program
GrantsPlus+ Web-Based Grant Management System
MassDOT Fully Accessible Vehicles
Transit agencies, councils on aging, and private non-profits applying for MassDOT procured vehicles (Types E, E2, C, and D) through the Title 49 USC Section 5310 program or the Mobility Assistance Program should refer to the “MassDOT Fully Accessible Vehicle Guide” for technical specifications, pricing, and additional options.
MassDOT is required to ensure that sub-recipients comply with all federal and state requirements related to the receipt of public transit grants. This “continuing control” requires that RTD and other MassDOT personnel conduct site visits and desk reviews to monitor awarded projects and to review documents verifying compliance with program requirements. These site visits will occur on a random basis; RTD will provide notification one month prior to visit.