FY 2020 Helping Obtain Prosperity for Everyone Program


Current Closing Date for Applications: May 04, 2020

Estimated Total Program Funding:$8,500,000

Award Ceiling:$850,000

Eligible Applicants: City or township governments County governments Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized) State governments Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification) Public and State controlled institutions of higher education.

Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): Solicitation of Project Proposals for the Helping Obtain Prosperity for Everyone Program was established in the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020, for $8.5 million to provide funds to eligible applicants that are in areas of persistent poverty. Synopses and full announcement are posted on Grants.gov site as opportunity FTA-2020-011-TPE-HOPE.

The HOPE Program provides funds to eligible entities defined as eligible recipients or subrecipients under 49 U.S.C. 5307, 49 U.S.C. 5310 or 49 U.S.C. 5311 and are in areas of persistent poverty. Funds were appropriated pursuant to Division H of the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 (Pub. L. 116–94) and will be awarded through a competitive process, as described in this notice. FTA will award grants to eligible applicants for planning, engineering, or development of technical, or financing plans for projects eligible under Chapter 53 of Title 49 U.S.C. Applicants are encouraged to work with non-profits or other entities of their choosing to develop an eligible project. An eligible project for this Notice of Funding Opportunity is defined as either a planning study, including a planning and environmental linkages study that advances the environmental analysis and review process as part of the metropolitan planning process, engineering study, technical study, or financial plan. FTA encourages applicants to propose projects that may introduce innovative technologies or practices in support of FTA’s Accelerating Innovative Mobility (AIM) initiative. FTA is focused on the introduction of new technology not commonly found within U.S. transit systems such as integrated fare payment systems that permit complete trips or advancements to propulsion systems. Resulting innovation activities may also include practices such as new public transportation operational models, financial or procurement arrangements, or value capture.

Under the HOPE Program, eligible projects are planning, engineering, or development of technical, or financing plans for projects eligible under Chapter 53 of title 49 U.S.C. For example, these activities may include planning, engineering, or development of technical, or financing plans for improved transit services, new transit routes, engineering for transit facilities and improvements to existing facilities, innovative technologies, low or no emission buses, or a new bus facility or intermodal center that supports transit services, integrated fare collections systems, or coordinated public transit human service transportation plans to improve transit service in an area of persistent poverty or to provide new service such as transportation for services to address the opioid epidemic. An eligible project also may be a planning and environmental linkages study that advances the environmental analysis and review process as part of the metropolitan planning process.


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