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  • 2021 Enhanced Mobility for Seniors and Disabled Grant Program

  • On July, 12, 2021 the OCTA Board of Directors approved the 2021 Enhanced Mobility for Seniors and Disabled (EMSD) grant program and released a $4 million Call for Projects for fiscal year 2021-2022 through 2022-2023, which makes funding available for non-profit organizations and local public agencies to help meet the transportation needs of seniors and individuals with disabilities.

  • The program goals are to:

    • Improve the mobility for seniors and individuals with disabilities in Orange County.
    • Support local agencies and non-profits providing specialized service within their communities; thereby reducing the demand on ACCESS Service in the County.
    • Augment service gaps of the Senior Mobility Program (SMP), ACCESS and fixed-route service.
    • Provide seamless service through improved first and last mile connections.
    • Incorporate and encourage technology-based solutions to improve mobility options.
    • Promote non-profit and public agency outreach to senior and disabled patrons with an emphasis in reaching disadvantaged, underrepresented, and/or diverse communities to ensure that services are meeting their needs.
    • Prioritize funding for agencies that collaborate which is demonstrated by:
      • Partnerships to create efficiencies and lower operating costs for service, and/or
      • Increasing vehicle revenue hours beyond the minimum 10 hours.

    2021 EMSD Call for Projects

    The estimated timeline for the EMSD is listed below*:

    EMSD Schedule
    Event Date
    Call for Applications Opens July 12, 2021
    Grant Applicant Workshop July 26, 2021
    EMSD Application Deadline September 9, 2021
    Proposal Review and Scoring September-October 2021
    OCTA Board Approval of the Projects November 22, 2021
    Awarded Applicant Workshop December 7, 2021

    *Please note that this schedule is subject to change.

    Goals

    The program goals are to:

    • Improve the mobility for seniors and individuals with disabilities in Orange County.
    • Support local agencies and non-profits providing specialized service within their communities; thereby reducing the demand on ACCESS Service in the County.
    • Augment service gaps of the Senior Mobility Program (SMP), ACCESS and fixed-route service.
    • Provide seamless service through improved first and last mile connections.
    • Incorporate and encourage technology-based solutions to improve mobility options.
    • Promote non-profit and public agency outreach to senior and disabled patrons with an emphasis in reaching disadvantaged, underrepresented, and/or diverse communities to ensure that services are meeting their needs.
    • Prioritize funding for agencies that collaborate which is demonstrated by:
      • Partnerships to create efficiencies and lower operating costs for service, and/or
      • Increasing vehicle revenue hours beyond the minimum 10 hours.
    Call for Projects

    2021 EMSD Call for Projects

    Schedule

    The estimated timeline for the EMSD is listed below*:

    EMSD Schedule
    Event Date
    Call for Applications Opens July 12, 2021
    Grant Applicant Workshop July 26, 2021
    EMSD Application Deadline September 9, 2021
    Proposal Review and Scoring September-October 2021
    OCTA Board Approval of the Projects November 22, 2021
    Awarded Applicant Workshop December 7, 2021

    *Please note that this schedule is subject to change.


  • EMSD Application Workshop

    Register today for our Zoom application workshop for the Enhanced Mobility for Seniors and Disabled Grant Program:

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    MEETING: Monday, July 26, 2021 at 1 p.m.
    Click here to RSVP.
    Click here to join ZOOM meeting.

    Alternative Call-In Option:
    Call (669) 900-6833
    Meeting ID: 939 0665 0502

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