These FAQs do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way. These FAQs are intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies. FTA recipients and subrecipients should refer to FTA’s statutes and regulations for applicable requirements.
Both the SF-424 and Program Supplemental forms can be downloaded from Grants.gov under the program opportunity tab.
An applicant must use the pdf supplemental form that is provided at Grants.gov or on FTA’s website. Any other format will not be accepted.
Any supporting documentation must be described and referenced by file name in the appropriate section of the supplemental form. Applicants may also include page numbers if the attachment is a multi-page document. All supporting documents must be attached to the SF-424 Mandatory Form. FTA does not have any specific guidelines regarding the sequence of files or naming conventions.
Please note: documentation that is not cited in the narrative may not be reviewed.
Although there isn’t a page limit for supporting documentation, applicants should only include information that specifically supports the statements made in the narrative. Applicants may include just the pertinent excerpts from a larger document. For example, an applicant may attach a document that includes only the cover page and the pages referenced in the narrative. File sizes cannot be larger than 3 MB.
Applications will be evaluated based on the responses provided in the supplemental form and the attached documentation. Content that is not included in the application package will not be reviewed.
States and other applicants should consider submitting a single supplemental form that includes multiple activities to be evaluated as a consolidated proposal. If a State or other applicant chooses to submit separate proposals, each proposal must be submitted using a separate SF-424 and supplemental form.
Applicants may provide a scalable option or the minimum fundable amount within their submission. FTA may award an amount that is less than the amount requested, provided it will fund a project of independent utility.
There is no minimum or maximum application amount. However not more than 10 percent may be awarded to a single grantee. Depending on the applications received, FTA may cap awards at a particular amount to ensure a diversity of funded projects.
For letters that require an official response, address the letter to the Acting Administrator at Federal Transit Administration 1200 New Jersey Ave., SE Washington, DC 20590. For letters that you wish to have considered as a part of the application, address the letters to the FTA Program Manager.
If an applicant is a direct recipient of FTA funds, then the application should be submitted to the FTA directly. States do not review the applications once they are submitted to FTA. If selected, the project will need to be added to the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program in cooperation with the MPO and/or state DOT.
The state should submit separate proposals on behalf of its small urbanized and rural areas. Each proposal should have its own SF-424 and supplemental form.
The narrative should provide a complete explanation of the need for replacement buses, including any relevant supporting information. Attachments, such as a fleet inventory, vehicle status report, or other documentation, may be used to support the statements in the narrative response.
FTA has defined the criteria for Demonstration of Need in the NOFO, including specific guidance for expansion projects.
Pre-award authority starts on the day the projects are announced on FTA’s website. Projects will not be eligible for reimbursement for expenses incurred prior to the date of announcement.
Please enter a date prior to the facility construction date, such as 01/01/1900, to allow the form to validate.