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 is outside 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 Rebecca Thompson at WisDOT at 608-266-1535 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 2017 funds is now open. Applicants must complete the application material through BlackCat, the WisDOT online grants management system. Returning applicants with an existing user name and password can sign into the BlackCat program through the WisDOT Section 5310 website. If you are applying for the first time, please send an email with the following information to Joe Delmagori (email@example.com) or Kevin Muhs (firstname.lastname@example.org) of the Commission staff so that you can receive a username and password for accessing the account that will be created for you in the BlackCat system:
- Organization name
- Phone Number
Applications to SEWRPC will only be accepted through the BlackCat system. Applications are due by 12:00pm on August 15, 2016.
WisDOT Question and Answer Session
This year, WisDOT is holding two Question and Answer sessions, via conference call, to assist applicants with reviewing the application guidelines, application requirements, and the BlackCat program. You are encouraged to participate in one of these sessions:
- Wednesday, June 22 from 9:00am-11:00am
- Tuesday, June 28 from 1:00pm-3:00pm.
For both sessions, the call-in number is 877-411-9748 and the access code is 4096332.
Should you not be able to participate in either of the sessions, WisDOT will also be posting the list of questions and answers discussed following each session on their website. For more information, please contact Rebecca Thompson at WisDOT at 608-266-1535 or at email@example.com.
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 Joe Delmagori (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Kevin Muhs (email@example.com) of the Commission staff at (262) 547-6721.