Apply for a Helping Hand Mini Grant

MArtap established this Helping Hand Mini Grant program to assist Regional Transit Authorities, Councils on Aging/friends groups, and non-profit transportation providers to improve delivery of transportation services in rural and small urban areas.
The 2024 MArtap application period will be open from June 17, 2024, to July 19, 2024.

The Massachusetts Rural Transit Assistance Program (MArtap)

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What you need   for Apply for a Helping Hand Mini Grant

Mini Grants must be directly related to the agency’s transportation program and may include:

  • Computer hardware and software, both new and upgrades
  • Fax machines, copy machines, printers, scanners, all in one machines
  • Marketing and promotional materials including web page design and setup
  • Driver recruitment campaigns
  • Community surveys on transportation needs, postage excluded
  • Tools that enhance passenger security
  • Accessory equipment for vehicles including but not limited to tie-downs, tires, GPS, additional seats, wheelchairs, etc.
  • COVID-19 related expenses, such as PPE, cleaning supplies, driver barriers, etc.


  • Cell phones, pagers, and monthly fees
  • Postage
  • Other operational expenses such as salaries, rents, leases 

How to apply   Apply for a Helping Hand Mini Grant

Required Documentation

You will be required to submit two (2) quotes for the items you intend to purchase and the 10% local match commitment letter along with your application. Quotes may include prices listed off a website. If you need assistance obtaining quotes or would like to apply for funding for something that has not been identified in the eligible uses, please contact us.

For some items (such as computers, office equipment, tools and accessory equipment), MArtap encourages you to use statewide contracts.

Online application

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Grant Value:

  • $1,000 maximum award with a 10 percent local match for a $1,100 purchase.

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