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Capital Mini-Van Pilot Program Grant

The Capital Mini-Van Pilot Program Grant supports the purchase of mini-vans. This opportunity includes Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grant funding financial assistance administered by MnDOT. It's an opportunity to apply for Formula Grants for Enhanced Mobility for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities (FTA Section 5310) funding as part of the Public Transit Participation Program.


  • Feb. 12, 2024: Application released
  • March 1, 2024: Letter of intent deadline
  • March 15, 2024: Public notice and affidavit of publication deadline
  • 4:30 p.m. CDT, April 30, 2024 : Application deadline

Eligible organizations

  • Private nonprofit organizations
  • State or local governmental organizations approved by the state to coordinate services for seniors and individuals with disabilities
  • For-profit organizations
    • Only if there are no nonprofit organizations readily available in the area to provide the services for seniors and individuals with disabilities

Application process

Step 1

Log into the BlackCat grant application program with your assigned user. If you need access to BlackCat, email Chuck Morris for a username and password.

Step 2

Choose "2024 - Section: 5310 Mini Van Pilot Program" from the New Opportunities section.

Step 3

Follow the instructions to complete your application in BlackCat.

After you apply

  • Our statewide committee will review and score your application.
  • We'll send award notifications in fall 2024.

More information

Criteria Points possible
Applicant Information: All required documents complete and uploaded in BlackCat Data Management System 10
Organizational Background: Applicant demonstrates organizational and fiscal capacity to deliver proposed project 5
Organizational Background: Applicant demonstrates previous experience delivering similar projects to the proposed project 10
Project Scope (Need): Applicant Scope has demonstrated specifically the need for requested mini-van(s) as it enhances access for both seniors and individuals with disabilities 5
Project Scope (Need): Applicant Scope identifies how the project enhances access for seniors and individuals with disabilities 10
Operational Plan: Applicant clearly has articulated service route (days and hours) in BlackCat Data Management System Service Level 5
Public Notice and Publication: Applicant demonstrates public notice through service area in newspapers 5
Coordination Activities: Applicant demonstrates a strong working relationship with local public and private transportation providers in their service area 2
Coordination Activities: Applicant submitted evidence of coordination with other non-profit, for-profit and public transportation providers 4
Coordination Activities: Applicant clearly identifies how partners and stakeholders will stay involved throughout the project 3
Coordination Activities: Applicant included information that describes their community’s transportation needs and concerns1
Total points possible 50

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