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Community Micro Grant Program

Applications received late or incomplete will not be considered.
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Introduction
The purpose of the Community Micro Grant Program is to promote bus ridership in Pierce County.  These intentionally small grants (typical grants are up to $1,000) are designed to stimulate grassroots involvement in helping to increase the number of trips taken on Pierce Transit buses.

Funded by Pierce Transit at $10,000 for 2019, the Community Micro Grant program is aimed at promoting our mission of improving people’s quality of life by providing safe, reliable, and useful transportation services that are locally based and regionally connected. 

Program Goals
The Community Micro Grant Program will provide support to community groups such as coalitions and task forces, that are attempting to improve bus ridership through ideas or efforts that promote health through walking or bicycling to the bus, help people to connect to services through the bus system, provide marketing or education campaign ideas that encourage bus ridership, or other ideas, activities or efforts that lead directly to increasing rides on the bus system.

Eligible Organizations
The Community Micro Grant Program awards grants to projects or programs within Pierce County.  The Program will consider proposals from groups, agencies, and organizations whose interests are consistent with the goals of the Program.  The Program will not consider grant proposals for retroactive funding of projects already completed.

Types of Projects Eligible
The Community Micro Grant Program will award grants for attempts to increase trips taken by bus or improve access to bus service. 

Types of Projects Preferred
Projects with significant involvement by community members who are affected by barriers to bus service, projects that enhance mobility of persons, improve safety and accessibility of transit, or who have an interest in increasing trips by bus to improve health, save money, reduce gasoline consumption, reduce carbon footprint, or enhance personal opportunities are given priority.

 Types of Projects Not Eligible
The following projects are not eligible:  a) direct subsidy of bus passes; b) direct subsidy of existing services by community organizations; c) projects identified with political parties; d) projects sponsored by for-profit organizations; e) general contributions to capital campaigns; f) construction projects or real estate acquisitions.

Program Timelines:
All grant awards and acceptance must be made prior to December 31, 2019.  The awarded grant funds must be used within one year of acceptance. 

Application Procedure
Applicants must complete and submit a Pierce Transit Community Micro Grant Program application by the deadline below.  The application requests detailed information about the needs for the project, its goals, plan or action, schedule, and budget.  The proposal should be accompanied by letters of support.  Complete one application per request.  Should the application be reviewed favorably, a memorandum of agreement which provides clarification or more information about the proposed project may be requested. 

Applications should be emailed to: Barbara Hunter, Grants Administrator at bhunter@piercetransit.org by October 4, 2019.

Applications received late or incomplete will not be considered.
DOWNLOAD APPLICATION HERE



Review Process and Evaluation Criteria

Submissions will be reviewed by designed representatives of Pierce Transit and members of Pierce Transit's Community Transportation Advisory Group (CTAG).

The following criteria will be used to evaluate applications:

  • Significance – How well do the goals and activities of the application meet the purpose and goals of the grant program?  How clearly are the goals and objectives stated?  How many people will benefit?
  • Action Plan – How well defined is the action plan?  How closely tied is the action plan with the stated goals?  Are the actions designed to improve bus ridership? 
  • Likelihood of success – How feasible is the project in terms of time, budget request, and available resources?

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  • You don't need to type in St., Street, Ave., or Avenue, or similar street types. The Trip Planner shows the possible alternatives as options if needed. (Example: type Conifer & Jones instead of Conifer Circle & Jones Boulevard.)
  • You don't need to type in the directional designations for streets, but if a direction name is part of a street name, you should include it. (Example: type 3rd & Main instead of 3rd S & S Main. But type 34th & West Viewmont for 34th W & West Viewmont Way W.)
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Landmarks

Government Sites: Pierce County Health Dept, Pierce Co Sheriffs Office, Tacoma City Hall

Major Commercial Sites: Tacoma Mall, Sheraton Hotel

Transportation Facilities: Sea-Tac Airport, Greyhound Bus Depot

Schools & Colleges: Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma Community College

Sports & Leisure: Cheney Stadium, Pt Defiance Zoo

Medical Facilities: Group Health, Tacoma General Hospital


 

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