03/31/19 - Deadline for Core Partners, Marketing, Infrastructure and Innovation, and Safe Routes to School; Applications for Emerging Partners and Sponsorships are accepted on an ongoing basis.
Grants to Portland area, Oregon nonprofit organizations, agencies, schools, and IHEs for programs that increase the use of less common travel modes, improve mobility, and reduce pollution. Some applicants may be required to submit an LOI. Requests will be considered in the following six categories: Core Partners, Emerging Partners, Marketing, Sponsorships, Infrastructure and Innovation, and Safe Routes to School.
Metro Regional Travel Options Program:
The Regional Travel Options (RTO) program carries out regional transportation demand management (TDM) strategies to increase the use of travel options, reduce pollution, and improve mobility. Travel options include anything besides driving alone – carpooling, vanpooling, riding transit, bicycling, walking, and telecommuting. Metro makes grants through the RTO program to support partners’ work to educate, encourage, and provide information to people to increase their use of these options. RTO grant projects must advance the region’s goals, objectives, and priorities for transportation and land use.
The plan guides the RTO program and identifies four program goals:
Goal 1: Increase access to, and use of, travel options to reduce vehicle miles traveled, provide cleaner air and water, improve health and safety, and ensure people have choices for traveling around the region.
Goal 2: Reach existing and new participants more effectively by expanding the RTO program and working with new partners.
Goal 3: Encourage families to walk and bicycle to school safely by implementing a regional Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program.
Goal 4: Measure, evaluate, and communicate the RTO program’s impacts to continually improve the program.
Applications for RTO funding will be through the grant categories below:
Three-year grants for long-standing partners with fully developed RTO programs. Any organizations who wish to be considered for Core Partner funding in future cycles are encouraged to apply for Emerging Partner funding first.
Grants for partners wishing to expand their travel options work towards the Core Partner level. Emerging Partners are defined as organizations that have conducted travel options work in a limited capacity previously and wish to expand their efforts into full-time, ongoing work. This funding is intended to encourage and assist partners with advancing towards Core Partner status. Funding: Estimated $450,000 available
Funds to develop and produce marketing campaigns, materials, or initiatives to support community outreach. Metro will provide funding and staffing support to assist partners in project managing the development, design, and production of marketing campaigns and/or materials. Selected partners will have access to Metro’s on-call marketing, graphic design, production, and translation vendors to create materials needed for the purpose of community outreach efforts and will work closely with Metro to develop outreach targets, messaging, and strategy.
Please note: Awards for this category are in the form of payments to Metro’s contracted vendors in exchange for services provided for the grantee. Funding: Estimated $240,000 available.
Small grants under $3,500 intended to help with event production expenses or small items to support outreach efforts. Funding: Estimated $163,500 available.
Infrastructure and Innovation:
Grants for installing supportive infrastructure needed to help people use active transportation modes, and grants to test how new techniques or emerging technologies can improve equitable, shared, and active transportation options. Projects should encourage or assist people with using non-single occupancy vehicle modes. Approximately $350,000 available each fiscal year, starting July 1st, 2019, 2020, and 2021.
Safe Routes to School:
Grants to support existing and new efforts in the region’s schools aimed at educating children to walk, bike or roll safely to school. RTO SRTS funds are available as three-year grants and are prioritized to support travel options work in Title 1 schools or schools with high impact scores identified in the Regional SRTS Framework. Applications should indicate if these schools are included in the proposed project or program. Funding: Estimated $900,000 available.
Special Region-Wide Projects:
This funding category is reserved in ZoomGrants for investments administered through the RTO program. Unless directed otherwise, no applications are accepted through this category
GrantWatch ID#: 132323
Emerging Partners: $15,000 to $150,000 maximum
Marketing: $50,000 maximum
Sponsorship: $3,500 maximum
Infrastructure and Innovation: $3,500 to $200,000 maximum
Safe Routes to School: minimum and maximum grant award amount is not yet determined
Grant projects must begin as early as July 1st, 2019 and must end by June 30th, 2022.
See Pre-Application Information for further details.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
For more information call or email:
Daniel Kaempff, Principal Transportation Planner:
Caleb Winter, Senior Transportation Planner:
Marne Duke, Senior Public Affairs Specialist:
Fadi Opgenorth, Senior Management Analyst:
Kale Mattias, Assistant Transportation Planner:
Pamela Blackhorse, Program Assistant:
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