Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program
The Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program provides Federal funding to improve mobility for seniors and people with disabilities. This program provides grant funds for capital expenses for vehicles and related equipment used to transport seniors and people with disabilities and activities related to mobility management. Funds may also be used for operating projects which specifically serve seniors and people with disabilities, travel training to instruct persons with disabilities on using fixed-route bus services, and capital projects to remove barriers at bus stops for persons with disabilities. See the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Circular 9070.1G for complete information on the Section 5310 program.
The Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC), in coordination with Milwaukee County staff, developed a Program Management and Recipient Coordination Plan that explains the procedures for administering the Section 5310 program and serves as a guide for the application process.
Private, non-profit organizations and state and local government agencies that provide these services at least partially within the Milwaukee Urbanized Area (see map) to seniors and people with disabilities can submit an application for Section 5310 funding. The Milwaukee Urbanized Area includes parts of the counties of Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington, and Waukesha. If your service area does not include any parts of the Milwaukee Urbanized Area, you can apply for funding through the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT). For more information about applying for funding outside the Milwaukee Urbanized Area, please contact John Swissler at WisDOT at 608-264-9532 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Designated Recipient and Competitive Process
For large urbanized areas, like the Milwaukee Urbanized Area, a public entity must be designated as the recipient of Section 5310 funding. For the Milwaukee Urbanized Area, Milwaukee County has been selected as the designated recipient. The County will be responsible for receiving and administering the Section 5310 funds.
SEWRPC manages the competitive process for the selection of projects that received Section 5310 funds. This process involves a scoring panel that evaluates and scores submitted projects based on criteria developed by WisDOT.
Application Period Now Open
The application period for 2018 funds is now open. This year, the application process is being managed by SEWRPC and will not be coordinated through BlackCat, the WisDOT online grants management system. The Section 5310 application, including guidelines for completing the application and additional documents that supplement the application, can be downloaded here:
The application is designed to enable the applicant to complete one application for all four project types (Vehicle, Mobility Management, Operating, and Non-Vehicle Capital). It is only necessary to submit one application unless an applicant is applying for multiple projects of the same type (Mobility Management, Operating, or Non-Vehicle Capital). Agencies applying for multiple vehicles can submit one application.
Applicants will need to complete all of the required worksheets in the application based on the type of project(s) being applied for. The application guidelines explain how to fill out and complete the other required documents that need to be provided with the application.
Applications and all other supporting documents must be submitted electronically via email to the SEWRPC Section 5310 program managers. Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, August 28, 2017.
Applications will be reviewed and evaluated during Fall of 2017. Successful applicants who will be awarded Section 5310 funding will be notified by November 2017.
Please check here and the WisDOT Section 5310 website for more information on the Section 5310 program as it becomes available.
For more information regarding the Section 5310 program within the Milwaukee Urbanized Area and the application process, please contact the Section 5310 program managers: Joe Delmagori (email@example.com) or Jennifer Sarnecki (firstname.lastname@example.org) at (262) 547-6721.