NCST Ladders of Opportunity Grantees
Today, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the National Center on Senior Transportation (NCST) announced the award of $100,000 in competitive grants to five communities in five states Maine, Wisconsin, Texas, Virginia and Ohio to expand seniors use of public transportation.
Each grantee proposed a project that connects to a national network to enable their innovative transportation services ideas to be quickly implemented and utilized in other communities across the country. Sixty-three organizations representing thirty states and two Tribal communities competed for these FTA cooperative agreement funds which are managed by the NCST. Grantees will each receive $20,000 to help seniors connect to medical and health services; to programs that help them manage chronic conditions such as diabetes; to senior housing; and to community services that support aging in place.
"We believe these projects will forge stronger local relationships between public transportation and aging programs. These partnerships will help to support older adults' ability to age in place in their homes and communities for as long as possible!" said n4a CEO Sandy Markwood.
The grantees are:
- Community Concepts, Inc., Lewiston, ME
- Dane County Department of Human Services, Madison, WI
- Harris County Area Agency on Aging, Houston, TX
- Mountain Empire Older Citizens, Big Stone Gap, VA
- WSOS Community Action Commission, Fremont, OH
The NCST is an important FTA program administered by Easter Seals, in partnership with the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, which assists communities with transportation options for seniors.