MORPC Announces Funding Availability to Enhance Mobility for Older Adults and Individuals with Disabilities
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 project applications is Monday, October 24 at 5 p.m.
The Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program will provide approximately $1.6 million in federal funding to Central Ohioans. This program provides grant funds for expenses related to equipment used in vehicles to transport older adults and people with disabilities, and activities related to mobility management. Funds may also be used for purchased transportation 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. In past years, funds were approved for the purchase of vehicles, but will not be considered for the FY 2022 call for applications due to supply chain shortages.
Funds are available each federal fiscal year and are distributed following a MORPC review and a 5310 Advisory Committee approval process. The Section 5310 mandatory information workshop will be held virtually on Wednesday, September 28 from 12-1 p.m.
The program is administered by MORPC for the Columbus, Ohio Urbanized Area. Eligible recipients include state or local government authorities, private nonprofit organizations, or public or private operators of public transportation services.