National RTAP Community Rides Grant Program logo with two hands shaking


The National RTAP Community Rides Grant Program offers current recipients and subrecipients of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA)'s Formula Grants for Rural Areas (Section 5311) program the opportunity to apply for grant awards of up to $100,000 for projects that develop or strengthen transportation partnerships that improve social determinants of health in rural and tribal communities. There is no minimum grant award, and local match is not required. The project duration is fifteen (15) months.

All applications must be submitted through the National RTAP SurveyMonkey Apply online grant portal at https://nationalrtap.smapply.org, which opened on April 7, 2021.

Before beginning your application online, be sure to read the entire Request for Proposals (RFP).

The application deadline is May 10, 2021 at 11:59 PM EDT.


Informational Webinars

National RTAP offered two webinars for interested applicants, in order to answer questions and provide an overview of the RFP and the online grant application system. The webinars also featured speakers who shared examples of transportation partnerships and lessons learned. The webinars were recorded. The recordings, slides, and Q&A documents are listed below.

Webinar 1: Program Overview and Transportation Partnership Examples
March 23, 2021, 2:00-3:00 PM ET

Webinar RecordingPowerPointQ&A (updated 4/19/21)


Webinar 2: Project Development, Performance Measures, and Application Portal Overview
April 15, 2021, 2:00-3:00 PM ET

Webinar RecordingPowerPoint Q&A (updated 4/19/21)


Questions and Updates

If you have questions, please refer to the Q&A Document or email grants@nationalrtap.org

Sign up here to receive updates about the Community Rides Grant Program, such as when the application portal opens, the posting of the webinar recordings and Q&A document, and any changes to the RFP.

The primary contact for this program is Liz Taylor, National RTAP Assistant Director, grants@nationalrtap.org or 781-404-5015. 



This Community Rides Grants Helpful Resources document provides links to elearning courses, guidebooks, technical briefs, webinars, and other resources that may help interested applicants develop successful projects and write strong proposals. 

The resources cover topics including Grant Writing, Transportation Partnerships/Coordination, Health Transportation, Inclusive Planning, and Performance Measures.