Funding Available to Enhance Mobility of Older Adults and Individuals with Disabilities

January 8, 2019
Proposals due February 11, 2019 – Two Mandatory Information Sessions scheduled!

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) announces the availability of Section 5310 Program funding to enhance the mobility of older adults and individuals with disabilities.  The deadline for requests is February 11, 2019.

The Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program will provide approximately $1 million in federal funding to improve mobility for seniors and people with disabilities. This program provides grant funds for capital expenses for vehicles and related equipment used to transport older adults and people with disabilities and activities related to mobility management. Funds may also be used for operating projects that specifically serve older adults and people with disabilities, travel training to instruct persons with disabilities on using fixed-route bus services, and capital projects to remove barriers at bus stops for persons with disabilities.

“Through insight2050, we learned that Central Ohio will become a region of 3 million people by the year 2050 and that much of that growth will occur in the age group of those 65 and older,” said Thea Walsh, MORPC Director of Transportation Systems & Funding. “MORPC offers this grant opportunity to transportation providers in the region and will leverage relationships with our members to get the word out about the program.”

The program is administered by MORPC for the Columbus, Ohio Urbanized Area.  Eligible recipients include state or local government authorities, private non-profit organizations, or public or private operators of public transportation services.

Funds are available each federal fiscal year and are distributed following a MORPC review and approval process.  The Section 5310 mandatory information sessions will be held:

January 16, 2019 (5:30 pm)
Delaware Area Transit Agency (DATABus)
119 Henderson Ct.
Delaware, Ohio

January 17, 2019 (9:30 am)
MORPC
111 Liberty Street, Suite 100
Columbus, Ohio

To RSVP for the information session, contact Mary Ann Frantz at mafrantz@morpc.org or call 614-233-4156. For more information, visit www.morpc.org/Section5310.

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