Looking for funding for a community transportation service or coordination effort? Check out these federal,  state,  foundation, and other funding opportunities.

Federal Funding 

Federal Transit Administration

  • The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is the primary source of federal funding for public transit and community transportation programs
  • Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) is the current federal legislation that guides FTA funding. Some funding streams that were available under previous legislation are no longer available under MAP-21. Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) funding was previously available for employment transportation for welfare recipients and low-income people, and New Freedom funding was available for transportation for people with disabilities. Under MAP-21, these projects no longer have their own dedicated funding streams

Other Federal Agencies

  • Besides FTA, other federal agencies such as the Department of Health and Human Services (including the Administration on Aging), Department of Education, Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Department of Labor also provide some funding for transportation
  • This GAO report identifies 80 federal funding sources and reviews federal and state efforts to coordinate these funding streams

How to Apply

State Funding 

Community Transit Grant Program
Massachusetts distributes federal and state funds for community transportation through MassDOT’s Community Transit Grant Program. This includes the Mobility Assistance Program, a state funding source for improved transportation services for seniors and people with disabilities. Transit authorities, state agencies, municipalities, non-profits, and for-profits can apply to MassDOT for capital or operating assistance. To learn more about the program and how to apply for funds, check out MassDOT’s community transit grant program webpage.

MArtap offers Helping Hands mini-grants annually to support transit services in rural and small urban areas.

State Contract Opportunities
Some state contracts for community-based services include some funding for transportation. To check for upcoming procurements, visit COMMBUYS, the Commonwealth's electronic procurement system, which provides free, around-the-clock access to all bid documents valued over $50,000 issued by Massachusetts executive departments.

How to Apply


Build a relationship with foundations in your area to see if your programs could be eligible for funding now or in the future.

Find a Foundation

Example Foundations

Applying for Grants

Other Funding Sources

Local Sponsors

  • Local banks have sponsored vehicles and transportation services in some regions of Massachusetts
  • Many restaurants are willing to partner with nonprofits to host fundraisers where some of the profits from a meal go to your organization
  • Corporate giving programs based in Massachusetts may be a source of funds or volunteers

Soliciting Donations

Crowdfunding sites such as Kickstarter provide a platform to raise funds from individual donors in support of a defined project. For example, a nonprofit used Kickstarter to raise funds for development of a mobile app trip planner.




This information is provided by Human Service Transportation Office.