July 26, 2011 | Issue #102

Apply for $8.8 Million in Wheelchair Lift Grants Now

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The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) recently announced the availability of $8.8 million in

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) wheelchair lift grants as part of its Over-the-Road Bus (OTRB) Accessibility Program. The current grant application deadline is September 12, 2011.

The ADA grant program makes available monies for intercity fixed route operators and other bus operations such as local fixed route, charter, tour, commuter, shuttles, special operations, etc. Bus operators are provided federal grant assistance under this program in order to improve mobility options for persons with disabilities. In past years, more than 90 percent of those operators who have received federal grant funds under the Over-the-Road Bus Accessibility grant program have been ABA members.

ABA has created a special webpage to answer questions and assist operators interested in applying for such grants at www.buses.org/Government-Affairs/Federal-Funding/ADA-Wheelchair-Grants.

For ABA deskside assistance, please contact Brandon Buchanan via e-mail at bbuchanan@buses.org or call (202) 218-7227 with any questions regarding the ADA grant instructions, the application process, or your project's eligibility.

ABA has also partnered with Terrapin Blue to provide ABA members access to new tools to help them put together wheelchair grant application packages and serve as a one-stop shop for each operator's grant application and management needs. Terrapin Blue will offer ABA members an exclusive 15% discount on their nationally recognized grant writing services. Contact Terrapin Blue's Anthony Vaccarello to start the ADA grant application process today. He can be reached at (706) 534-3518 or avaccarello@terrapinblue.com.

Completed applications must be submitted electronically through www.grants.gov no later than September 12, 2011. All applications must be submitted online.