The Governor has designated the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) as its principal authority and administrator of the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) transit funds for projects in the rural and small urban areas of North Carolina. This authority was established through legislative action as set forth in Article 2B of Chapter 136 of the North Carolina General Statutes.
Where applicable, IMD shall administer these programs in accordance with the guidance published by the Federal Register and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) circulars and in accordance with existing federal and state regulations pertaining to the administration of federal grants by NCDOT.
The Unified Grant Application (UGA) is a comprehensive and consolidated guide to the rural and small urban area transit funding. Please download the UGA file linked below for access to all transit funding programs and eligibility requirements. Please contact your assigned Regional Grant Specialist for further assistance.
FY24 2nd Call for Projects - Rural State Operating Grant
The Integrated Mobility Division (IMD) has opened a 2nd
Call for Projects for the Rural State Operating grant.
All operating project types are eligible. Eligible expenditures are G-313 Trans Clients/Others (Trips); G-251 Motor Fuels & Lube; G-252 Tires and Tubes. Based on the number of applications received, NCDOT may prioritize selections based on requests for funding to start new or expanded services, fill gaps in service, or implement an innovative service type (e.g., on-demand microtransit).
2nd Call for Projects for the Rural State Operating Grant
Call for Projects
IMD opened the Call for Projects on April 3, 2023.
- Phase 1: Register and submit pre-application compliance documents during the period of April 3 – June 2, 2023. Sub-recipients register through SmartSheet and the Regional Grant Specialist (RGS) coordinates with each of their sub-recipients to ensure all required Phase 1 compliance documents have been submitted.
- Phase 2: Opening July 3, 2023: Complete online program applications in EBS portal and upload supporting programmatic required documentation. Each grant program calls for additional documentation required to satisfy program guidance. October 6, 2023 is the deadline to submit EBS applications with completed documentation.
- Phase 3: IMD internal review and approval phase, NCDOT Board of Transportation approval, and agreement completion. Sub-recipients begin using their funds after agreements are in place and they submit claims on a regular basis along with required documentation.
FY25 Unified Grant Application (UGA)
*Note the UGA PDF
works best when saved to your computer and opened in a PDF reader.
Supplemental Documents, Program Documents and Checklists
Below are individual links for the supplemental documents.
- Master Documents are required for all rural grants, and Traveler's Aid and ConCPT grants for Direct Recipients
- Individual grant programs such as 5311 Admin/Operating, Combined Capital, 5310 programs among others.
- Checklists for rural sub-recipients and Direct Recipients
- FY25 UGA Checklist Direct Recipients
|April 3, 2023||Grant Application Package Distributed|
|April 3 - October 6, 2023||Reginal Grant Specialists Available to Assist Grantees with Questions|
|June 2, 2023||Pre-Application Due to NCDOT|
|July 3, 2023||Program Applications in EBS Open|
|October 6, 2023||EBS Grant Application Due to NCDOT|
|October - December, 2023||Grant Applications Review Process|
|January - April 2024||IMD makes funding recommendation to NCDOT Board of Transportation|
|February - June 2024||FTA grant review and award for federal funding|
|July 1, 2024||Effective date of one year grant agreement|