Section 5310 – Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Grant Program

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) provides limited transportation grant funds available for eligible recipients through its Section 5310 – Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Grant.

The Section 5310 program provides funding to support transportation projects that improve mobility for seniors and individuals with disabilities, by removing barriers to transportation services and expanding the transportation mobility options available.

IndyGo is the designated recipient of these program funds and is responsible for grant administration and distributions in Marion County, IN. Eligible recipients of these funds include:

  • Private not-for-profit organizations 
  • Authorized units of local government

In February 2014, IndyGo hosted a “Call for Projects” informational session on the Section 5310 grant. At the end of the application period in April, a total of 10 grant applications were received from six agencies seeking $1.4M in funding. The grant applications were then reviewed by a committee comprised of individuals with expertise in regional mobility issues. Judging criteria included administrative and fiscal capacity, committed local match and merits of the project to serve a community’s transportation needs. Due to the overwhelming response, several applications were awarded partial funding of their project.

2014 Capital Assistance Grantees:

Agency: Tangram
Contact: Connie Dillman 317.571.1042 or cdillman@thetangramway.org
Project: Purchase of an accessible low-floor mini-van to facilitate transportation services for individuals with disabilities.
Funding Award: $32,000

Agency: CICOA Aging and In-Home Solutions, Inc.
Contact: Emily Arent 317.803.6044 or earent@cicoa.org
Project: Purchase of two small transit vehicles with lifts to continue support of CICOA’s Way2Go Transportation Program which provides transportation to individuals with disabilities.
Funding Award: $68,099

Agency: IndyGo
Contact: Paula Haskin 317.614.9208 or phaskin@indygo.net
Project: Purchase of up to eight large lift equipped vehicles to replace those that have exceeded their useful life, allowing IndyGo to continue its Open Door services beyond the ADA ¾ mile requirement.
Funding Award: $423,534

Agency: Noble of Indiana
Contact: Colleen Whitaker 317.375.2712 or colleen.whitaker@nobleofindiana.org
Project: Purchase of two accessible low-floor mini-vans to facilitate Noble’s transportation services for individuals with disabilities in Noble’s Community Integration Program.
Funding Award: $80,000

Agency: BOSMA Industries for the Blind
Contact: Arvetta Jideonwo 317.871.2176 or arvettaj@bosma.org
Project: Purchase of one accessible low-floor mini-van to replace one that has exceeded its useful life, allowing BOSMA to provide transportation support to individuals with vision disabilities.
Funding Award: $40,000

Operating assistance grantees include:

Agency: CICOA Aging and In-Home Solutions
Contact: Emily Arent 317.803.6044 or earent@cicoa.org
Project: Transportation vouchers for elderly and disabled individuals.
Funding Award: $220,320

Agency: IndyGo
Contact: Paula Haskin 317.614.9208 or phaskin@indygo.net
Project: Taxi vouchers to facilitate same day services for persons with disabilities.
Funding Award: $107,640

Agency: BOSMA Industries for the Blind
Contact: Arvetta Jideonwo 317.871.2176 or arvettaj@bosma.org
Project: Staffing and vehicle expenses related to the operation of a transportation service for individuals with vision disabilities.
Funding Award: $40,550

IndyGo anticipates the next solicitation (call for projects) for the Section 5310 program to be in February 2015.

For further information regarding this program, please contact Roscoe Brown, IPTC Vice President of Business Development - Interim at 317.614.9318 or by email at Rbrown@indygo.net .

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