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Public Transportation Emergency Relief Funds for Transit Systems Affected by Major Declared Disasters Occurring in Calendar Year 2018

Date Posted: 12/03/2019
Date Closed: 1/17/2020
Opportunity ID: FTA-2020-002-TPM-ER
Grant Program: Emergency Relief Program

Details: The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the opportunity to apply for $10,462,935 in non-competitive grants under the Public Transportation Emergency Relief Program (Emergency Relief Program) to States, Territories, local governmental authorities, Indian tribes, and other FTA recipients affected by major declared disasters occurring in calendar year 2018. Projects may include costs for disaster response, recovery, and rebuilding activities. A synopsis and full announcement of this funding opportunity is posted on Grants.gov as FTA-2020-002-TPM-ER. Proposals must be submitted electronically through Grants.gov by midnight Eastern Time on Friday, January 17, 2020.

Summary: FTA makes available $10,462,935 in funding under the Public Transportation Emergency Relief Program (Emergency Relief Program).

Extreme weather and other destructive events occurring during calendar year 2018 resulted in 62 major disasters across the United States. Transit systems in some of the disaster-affected areas provided emergency transportation services or sustained damage to capital assets.

FTA's Emergency Relief Program provides FTA with primary responsibility for reimbursing public transportation emergency response and recovery costs after an emergency or major disaster that affects public transportation systems. As such, public transportation agencies, States, Territories, local governmental authorities, Indian tribes, and other FTA grant recipients that provide or fund public transportation service in the affected areas are eligible for Emergency Relief funding under the program. FTA will allocate funds consistent with the requirements of the final rule for the Emergency Relief Program (49 CFR part 602), published in the Federal Register on October 7, 2014.

Link and Instructions for attaching the supplemental form to the SF-424: A complete proposal submission will consist of at least two files: (1) the SF 424 Mandatory Form and (2) the supplemental form for the Emergency Relief program. Once completed, the applicant must place the supplemental form in the attachments section of the SF-424 Mandatory form. Applicants must use the supplemental form designated for the Emergency Relief program and attach the form to their submission in Grants.gov to complete the application process. A proposal submission may contain additional supporting documentation as attachments.

FTA requires that all project proposals be submitted electronically through Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. EST January 17, 2020. Mail and fax submissions will not be accepted. 

Eligible Applicants: Public transportation agencies, States, Territories, local governmental authorities, Indian tribes, and other FTA grant recipients that provide or fund public transportation service are eligible for Emergency Relief funding under the program. To be considered eligible to apply for the funding described in this NAERF, such entities must provide or fund public transportation services in counties designated as eligible for any category of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance for a major declared disaster with an incident period partially or entirely occurring within calendar year 2018.

Dates: An applicant must submit a proposal electronically by 11:59 p.m. EST January 17, 2020. Any agency intending to apply should initiate the process of registering on the Grants.gov site immediately to ensure completion of registration before the submission deadline.

FTA urges applicants to submit their project proposals at least 72 hours prior to the due date to allow time to receive the validation message and to correct any problems that may have caused a rejection notification. FTA will not accept submissions after the submission deadline. Grants.gov scheduled maintenance and outage times are announced on the website. The deadline will not be extended due to scheduled maintenance or outages.

Webinar: FTA will host a webinar about this funding opportunity at 3 p.m. EST Wednesday, December 18, 2019.

For Further Information Contact: For information on proposal content, please contact Thomas Wilson, Program Manager, Office of Program Management, 202-366-5279.

Updated: Wednesday, December 18, 2019
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