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Helping Hand Mini Grant Award ProgramImportant Dates
Grant application period October 1, 2014 through November 30, 2014
Mid-December 2014 decision by MArtap Advisory Committee
Expenditure deadline Friday, February 27, 2015
Reimbursement request (with paid receipt) deadline Friday, March 27,2015
Please remember no late requests will be honored.
The Helping Hand Mini Grant Program is open to all organizations that are eligible (potential and current) for Section 5310, Section 5311 and Mobility Assistance Program (MAP) and that run transit services in rural and small urban areas. The Mini Grant must be used in support of transit services in rural and small urban areas. Eligibility is not restricted to current MassDOT vehicle sub-recipients. Eligible organizations include:
Municipal government agencies
Regional Transit Authorities
Intercity bus service operators
The Massachusetts Rural Transit Assistance Program (MArtap) is a federally funded, state-administered program that offers training, education and technical assistance programs designed to meet the needs of transportation providers in rural and small urban regions of Massachusetts. MArtap is a program of the MassDOT contracted through the Massachusetts Association of Regional Transit Authorities (MARTA) and is funded through the Federal Transit Administration, an agency of the U.S Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C.
MArtap programs focus on rural transportation providers and are offered to all paratransit services - public, private nonprofit and private profit agencies throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Most programs are offered at no charge, based on funding.
Driver training is available through the RTAP program as well as opportunities for scholarships to conferences, meetings and other events, along with a mini-grant award program to agencies for necessary equipment.
MArtap is pleased to present the following types of assistance targeted at Massachusetts rural and small urban public transit providers:
Driver Trainingon-site training classes and materials Monthly training schedule is posted on this website Form and guidelines to request or attend training is also available Most of the training is offered at no charge, depending on funding
Helping Hand Mini Grant Offered yearly to help meet the needs of agencies to help improve their transportation services.
Training Scholarships Offered to recipients to offset training workshop fees/travel, etc. associated with continued education related to the transportation field that will result in improved transportation services.
Newsletter The Resource newsletter is published throughout the year. It includes driver training schedules, scholarship information, professional and professional training opportunities. Let us know if you have an article that you would like us to print or if you would like to advertise in The Resource.
Lend and Learn Library and resource material MArtap utilizes every training module received by the National RTAP and other sources by adding the training materials directly in the MArtap Lend and Learn publication. Library materials are available, at no charge, for a two week period (longer if necessary).
Depending on funding, programs such as Train the Trainer, and dissemination of information regarding training opportunities and other issues of interest to transit providers.
The MArtap programs are overseen by an Advisory Committee of dedicated volunteers who represent provider organizations that use these services. Please contact Carol Tally (877-MArtap1) to dicuss questions or to find a training class specifically for you and your transit agency.