National Rural Transportation Assistance Program: Solicitation for Proposals

Date Posted: 12/26/2013

Closing Date: 2/10/2014

Program: National Rural Transit Assistance Program (National RTAP)

FTA Opportunity ID: FTA-2014-002-TPM

Opportunity Announcement Text: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-12-26/html/2013-30820.htm

Opportunity Announcement PDF: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-12-26/pdf/2013-30820.pdf

Details:

12/26/2013 The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is soliciting proposals under FTA’s Formula Grants for Rural Areas Program (49 U.S.C. 5311), to fund a National Rural Transportation Assistance Program (National RTAP). The FTA intends to fund the National RTAP at $1,794,903 for the first year, as authorized by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), Pub. L. 112-141 (2012). Funding beyond the first year will depend upon (1) future appropriations and authorizations, and (2) annual performance reviews. Synopses and full announcement are posted on Grants.gov site as opportunity FTA-2014-002-TPM. Proposals must be submitted electronically through Grants.gov website by midnight Eastern Time on February 10, 2014.

SUMMARY: The National RTAP provides a source of funding to assist in the design and implementation of training and technical assistance projects and other support services tailored to meet the specific needs of transit operators in rural areas under 49 U.S.C. 5311 (Section 511). The National RTAP provides for the development of information and materials for use by local operators and State administering agencies, and supports research and technical assistance projects of national interest. The total duration of this cooperative agreement, including the exercising of any options under this text, shall not exceed 5 years.

Eligible Applicants: Eligible proposers are non-profit organizations with rural and tribal transportation experience that have the capacity to provide public transportation-related technical assistance and the ability to deliver a national technical assistance and training program.

Dates: Complete proposals must be submitted electronically by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, on February 10, 2014. All proposals must be submitted electronically through the “GRANTS.GOV” APPLY function. Interested organizations that have not already done so should initiate the process of registering on the GRANTS.GOV site immediately to ensure completion of registration before the deadline for submission.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on this notice, contact program manager Lorna Wilson, Office of Program Management, e-mail: lorna.wilson@dot.gov.