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Funding transportation projects that serve older adults and people with disabilities

Public notice regarding grant availability:

Cherriots administers three grants for transportation projects that serve older adults and people with disabilities in Marion and Polk counties. Funding comes from two different sources: the State Special Transportation Fund (STF) and Federal Section 5310 funds passed through the Oregon Department of Transportation (5310 (ODOT)). Cherriots is the STF Agency for Marion and Polk counties, and as such, the District screens the projects that go to ODOT and FTA for final approval. The application processes are documented in the Coordinated Public Transit – Human Services Transportation Plan (The Coordinated Plan), dated September 2019. Details such as eligible applicants, eligible projects, and project selection criteria can be found in the application instructions when they become available. Click on the tabs below for details regarding each grant application.

The Special Transportation Fund (STF) Program provides a flexible, coordinated, reliable, and continuing source of revenue in support of transportation services for seniors and people with disabilities of any age. The Oregon Legislature intended that STF funds be used to provide transportation services needed to access health, education, work, and social/recreational opportunities so that seniors and people with disabilities may live as independently and productively as possible. The funds may be used for any purpose directly related to transportation services, including transit operations, capital equipment, planning, travel training, and other transit-related purposes. These funds will be awarded to applicants within Cherriots STF region (Marion and Polk counties). There are no local match requirements for STF awards. STF dollars may be used as local match for federally funded projects.

STF grants are available every two years. The current biennial cycle ends on June 30, 2021. Full details of the process including applications, instructions, and dates/times of the public meetings are below.

The application deadline is 5 p.m. on Jan. 6, 2021.

ODOT estimates there to be $1,992,724 available to Cherriots for the 2021-2023 biennium. The selection criteria and processes are available in the application instructions provided with the applications.

Funds are limited. A grant training session will be held on Dec. 15, 2020, to assist any applicants in the application process. There will be no in-person gathering for this meeting. To register for the virtual training session, assistance with the application process, or more information, contact Jolene White at or by calling 503-361-7521.

Public testimony about projects will be accepted at the Cherriots STF Advisory Committee meetings.

Application instructions 




Special Transportation Fund Program Guidebook


ODOT funding opportunities