Now Accepting Applications to Fund Projects that Serve Older Adults and People with DisabilitiesDec 12, 2016

Cherriots is now accepting applications for transportation projects that are open to the public, and serve older adults and people with disabilities within Marion and Polk Counties. Funding comes from the state Special Transportation Fund (STF) and federal Section 5310 grant programs. Cherriots is the designated agency to distribute these funds in Marion and Polk Counties.

Eligible applicants include:

  • Cities within Marion and Polk Counties
  • Marion and Polk Counties
  • Transportation Districts
  • Councils of Government
  • Individuals
  • Public and private nonprofits with managerial and financial capabilities to provide transportation services
  • Any of these joined in cooperative agreements

Eligible projects include:

  • Projects that will deliver new and innovative ways to improve mobility for seniors and people with disabilities, including rides for wellness and access to travel information
  • Capital purchases, such as vehicles, passenger shelters and equipment
  • Operational and administrative costs
  • Vehicle and facility preventative maintenance
  • Travel information
  • Planning
  • New systems for improving access to transportation (for example, travel training, marketing, centralized call centers)
  • Local match for federal public transportation capital, operations or mobility management projects

Project Selection Criteria:

  • Priority is given to projects that match goals and objectives listed in the Cherriots Coordinated Public Transit – Human Services Transportation Plan dated August, 2016.
  • Projects must be cost effective and coordinate services between transportation providers to avoid providing duplicate service.
  • Each project submitted to Cherriots will be reviewed for regional value. Projects will be evaluated on the degree to which they advance the Oregon Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) four public transportation goals as they relate, in particular, to older adults and people with disabilities (please see the application instructions for further information).

Further Details:

Public testimony about projects will be accepted at the Cherriots STF Advisory Committee meetings. Applicants can contact Ted Stonecliffe, Cherriots Planning Analyst, at 503-588-2424 or for application assistance.

Funds are limited, and a local match may be required to qualify for funding. Please see the individual grant application instructions for timelines of the grant funding.

A grant training session will be held to assist in the application process on January 10, 2017, 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Cherriots Administration Office, 555 Court St NE, Suite 5230, Salem, OR 97301. New applicants are encouraged to attend.

The application deadline is 12 p.m. Friday, January 30, 2017. Applications will be reviewed and ranked by the Cherriots Technical Advisory Committee on Tuesday, February 7, 2017. This meeting is open to the public and will be held at 555 Court St NE, Suite 5230, Mill Creek Conference Room, Salem OR 97301.  This committee will provide final recommendations to the Cherriots Board of Directors. The final decision will be made at the Thursday, February 23, 2017 board meeting.

Funding for these projects comes from state and federal sources, including the state ODOT Rail and Public Transit Division Special Transportation Fund  and federal Section 5310 grant programs.

Download 5310(ODOT) Grant Application
Download 5310 (ODOT) Grant Application Instructions

Download 5310(FTA) Grant Application
Download 5310 (FTA) Grant Application Instructions

Download (STF) Grant Application
Download (STF) Grant Application Instructions