Public Transportation on Indian Reservations

Date Posted: 5/9/2013

Closing Date: 7/8/2013

Program: Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program; Tribal Transit Program

FTA Opportunity ID: FTA-2013-002-TPM-TRTR

Opportunity Announcement Text: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-05-09/html/2013-11053.htm

Opportunity Announcement PDF: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-05-09/pdf/2013-11053.pdf

Details:

5/9/2013. Solicitation of Project Proposals: Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program; Tribal Transit Program (Text) (PDF) Synopses and full announcement are posted on Grants.gov site as opportunity FTA-2013-002-TPM-TRTR. Proposals must be submitted electronically through Grants.gov website by midnight Eastern Time on Monday, July 8, 2013.

Summary

Section 5311(j) of MAP-21, Public Law 112-41 (July 6, 2012), authorizes the Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program (Tribal Transit Program (TTP)) for Fiscal Years (FY) 2013-2014.  The program authorizes direct grants “under such terms and conditions as may be established by the Secretary” to Indian tribes for any purpose eligible under FTA’s Formula Grants for Rural Areas  Program, 49 U.S.C. 5311.  The modified Tribal Transit Program continues to be a set-aside from the Formula Grants for Rural Areas program but now consists of a $25 million formula program and a $5 million discretionary grant program subject to the availability of appropriations. Formula factors include vehicle revenue miles and the number of low-income individuals residing on tribal lands. Discretionary funds are available annually on a competitive basis. TTP funds are to be allocated for grants to Federally-recognized Indian tribes for any purpose eligible under the Section 5311 program. The funds set aside for Indian tribes in the TTP are not meant to replace or reduce funds that Indian tribes receive from States through FTA’s Section 5311 program. TTP funds are meant to complement any 5311 funds that applicants may be receiving. Tribal transit funds will be competitively allocated to support planning, capital, and operating assistance for tribal public transit services.

Eligible Applicants

Federally-recognized Indian tribes or Alaska Native villages, groups, or communities as identified by the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI), Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). As evidence of Federal recognition, a tribe may submit a copy of the most up-to-date Federal Register notice published by DOI, BIA: Entities Recognized and Eligible to Receive Service from the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs. To be an eligible recipient, a tribe must have the requisite legal, financial and technical capabilities to receive and administer Federal funds under this program. Applicants must be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) database and maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active Federal award or an application or plan under consideration by FTA.

Link and Instructions for attaching the supplemental form to the SF-424

All applicants must complete the supplemental form (PDF) and attach it to their submission on Grants.gov.

Instructions for searching and attaching forms (MS Word) on Grants.gov

Dates

An applicant must submit a proposal electronically by midnight Eastern Time on Monday, July 8, 2013. 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.

For Further Information Contact

Élan Flippin, Tribal Transit Program, Office of Program Management (202) 366-3800, e-mail: elan.flippin@dot.gov.