Our grantmaking supports organizations improving transit and urban quality of life, strengthening neighborhoods, and building stronger, more accessible regions.

We offer several grant opportunities including our annual open call and a rolling grant program known as Dispatch grants.

How We Fund

Open Call Grants

TransitCenter’s largest funding program is our annual open call. Check back here for more information.

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Dispatch Grants

Dispatch grants are available on a rolling basis to support timely opportunities and organizational capacity building. TransitCenter accepts proposals from civic organizations improving transit in their own communities. Read a description of the grant program, view the application, and download and follow these instructions to apply online.

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2016 Open Call Grant Recipient

Active Transportation Alliance

$150,000 to work with the Chicago Transit Authority and city on practical strategies for system-wide bus service improvements.

We are thrilled to be partnering with TransitCenter because they’re a national leader in public transit advocacy and provide valuable insight into what’s being done around the country.
– ATA Executive Director Ron Burke
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2016 Open Call Grant Recipient

Ride New Orleans

$115,000 for advocacy for enhanced, community-focused transit service.

With the TransitCenter's help, Ride New Orleans is stepping up its grassroots transit rider organizing campaign more effectively helping riders win targeted transit improvements.
- Alex Posorske, Executive Director, Ride New Orleans
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2015 Open Call Grant Recipient


Advocacy to improve transit between San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

Our optimized HOT approach now has incredible momentum and statewide credibility thanks to support from TransitCenter.
- Bianca Taylor, Communications Director at Transform

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