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

TransitCenter does not accept unsolicited grant proposals, requests, or letters of inquiry. Grant application guidelines are available only for invited organizations.

How We Fund

Major Grants

TransitCenter awards grants to qualified organizations engaged in transit advocacy and applied research. Those awards are made through periodic competition among entities which TransitCenter invites to submit applications.

Dispatch Grants

Dispatch Grants will be available by invitation only in 2018.

Dispatch grants support timely opportunities and organizational capacity building for civic groups improving transit in their own communities. Please contact [email protected] with questions.


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2016 Major 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 Major 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 Major 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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