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Do you have a great idea about how to improve access to transportation for people who face mobility constraints? If so, submit your project idea for funding consideration!

The National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board is pleased to announce the 2012 project solicitation under the Federal Transit Administration’s Job Access Reverse Commute (JARC) and New Freedom programs. Funds are available for collaborative projects that improve transportation options for low-income commuters (JARC) and individuals with disabilities (New Freedom).  Applications for funding are evaluated and chosen through a competitive selection process. The solicitation brochure (http://www.mwcog.org/tpbcoordination/documents/2012_Solicitation_Brochure.pdf) provides information on the grant programs, the funding available and match requirements. TPB staff has compiled a list of resources including project templates, examples of successful projects and tips on preparing statements of need to assist applicants in developing competitive applications. More information on the solicitation is available at the TPB’s Coordination website  http://www.mwcog.org/tpbcoordination/ including:

– Federal program guidelines and eligibility rules

– The competitive selection process

– Grant resources

– A downloadable application

Please note that applicants must attend a pre-application conference; dates and locations of the three conferences are listed below. If you have any questions or require technical assistance, please contact Beth Newman at (202) 962-3253 or at bnewman@mwcog.org.

Dates for Pre-Application Conferences (Please RSVP for the conference you plan to attend):

–Tuesday, February 28, 2012 Tyson’s Pimmit Regional Library, 2:00 – 3:30 pm, Meeting Room A 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA  22043, 703-790-8088

–Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 2:00 – 3:30 pm, Maryland National Capital Park & Planning Commission, 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910, 301-495-4605

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