TransitCenter awards grants on a rolling basis to allied organizations pursuing emerging campaign work with a specific, strategic outcome to improve transit in their cities. Eligible organizations are tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code in the United States or those with an official fiscal sponsorship agreement with a 501(c)3 public charity. These grants can be up to, but not more than, $25,000.
This Dispatch Grant program is intended to support grantee partners that seek to improve transit at the intersection of multiple issues, especially those pursuing an improved transit policy that also advances equity or environmental sustainability in American cities.
What we fund:
Grassroots organizing, policy advocacy, and campaigns related to transit, such as: advocacy for pedestrian improvements to transit or a rider organizing campaign for speed and reliability improvements to a bus network.
External capacity building, for example a non-partisan educational forum for candidates for public office, a training of grassroots advocacy for network building, or training of community board members on the importance of transit improvements.
These grants are not intended to fund:
General operating support
Multi-year staff positions
Transit marketing campaigns
Campaigns without a clear link to transit
Direct or grassroots lobbying activity
Infrastructure improvements and government vehicles, equipment, or technology. If it typically goes through a government procurement process then we aren’t interested in funding it.
General, on-going education campaigns that lack a specific strategic outcome
The link to our application below will ask you to answer these questions:
What is the goal of your project?
What is your strategy to achieve your goal?
What are the tactical elements this grant will support?
And finally, please provide a rough project budget and timeline.
Here are some examples of tactical elements for the third question:
Organizing riders to testify at a board meeting
Materials for transit ride-alongs to convey bus improvement needs to policy makers
Space and materials for a non-partisan educational forum for candidates for public office
Gathering petition signatures for a bus network redesign
Click this link to complete a short application in our online grants management system. You will need to enter in your organization’s (or your fiscal sponsors) tax ID number. All applications will be reviewed in light of the criteria listed above; we’ll be in touch with a response in a few weeks.