Apply for a Helping Hand Mini Grant

MArtap established this Helping Hand Mini Grant program to assist councils on aging/friends groups and non-profit transportation providers to improve delivery of transportation services in rural and small urban areas.
The 2019 MArtap application period is closed. The 2020 application period is expected to open in May, 2020.

The Massachusetts Rural Transit Assistance Program (MArtap)

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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.


  • 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.

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    Grant Value:

    • $1000 maximum award with a 10 percent, local match for a $1100 purchase

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