2021 5310 Application Announcement

No Local Match Requirement for OKI 2021 5310 Funding.

Application Deadline Extended to noon Friday, February 26, 2021.

The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriation Act (CRRSAA) has waived the 20% local match requirement for FTA Section 5310 funding awards of unobligated funds. OKI currently has $2,188,212.60 of unobligated funding now available to 5310 subrecipients without a 20% match requirement.

To allow eligible agencies not considering 2021 applications, OKI is extending the application deadline from February 5, 2021 to noon February 26, 2021.

More information regarding this round of funding including the application form and the December 15, 2020 applicant workshop presentation may be found at https://funding.oki.org/

Under the Section 5310 program, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) provides federal funds for activities including the purchase of equipment to support transportation services for the elderly and people with disabilities where existing transportation is unavailable, inappropriate or insufficient.

OKI, as the Designated Recipient of the Section 5310 federal funds in the Cincinnati urbanized area, is responsible for managing the program for agencies located in Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren counties in Southwest Ohio; Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties in Northern Kentucky and Dearborn County in Southeast Indiana.

Private nonprofit (501(c) (3)) corporations, public bodies identified by their state as lead agencies in a coordination project, or public bodies which certify that no private nonprofit corporations exist within their jurisdiction for the provision of elderly and disabled transportation are eligible to apply for Section 5310 federal funds.

For more information, please contact Summer Jones at sjones@oki.org

OKI Section 5310 Program

Goal—To improve mobility for seniors and individuals with disabilities by removing barriers to transportation services and expanding transportation mobility options.

Increased mobility to:

  • Employment
  • Medical appointments
  • Grocery shopping
  • Educational opportunities

No local match requirement for current round of 5310 funds.

Applicants must be listed in the OKI Coordinated Public Transit – Human Services Transportation Plan

Workshop PowerPoint Presentation

Available Funding – 2019-20

  • Funding—Under FAST ACT, apportionments are provided to large and small urbanized areas and rural areas.
  • Funding Amount for Cincinnati Urbanized Area:
    • FY 2019 Funds Available for Projects* $859,055
    • FY 2020 Funds Available for Projects* $1,328,158
    • Total Available $2,188,213

* net 10% reduction each fiscal year for administration and any prior year overages

2020-21 Award Timeline

December 15, 2020Section 5310 Workshop
Noon, February 26, 2021Applications Due to OKI
March 2021OKI Oversight Team review
April 2021OKI ICC Review and Executive Committee Action
May-June 2021FTA Review and Approval
July-August 2021Projects Awarded in FTA Grant
Summer/Fall 2021Sub-recipient Agreements Executed


Oversight Team

  • Butler County Regional Transit Authority
  • Clermont Senior Services
  • Clermont Transportation Connection
  • Clovernook Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired
  • Northern Kentucky Area Development District
  • TANK
  • Wesley Community Services

Eligible Applicants

    1. A private nonprofit organization
    2. State or local governmental authority that:

Is approved by a state to coordinate services for seniors and individuals with disabilities; or

Certifies that there are no nonprofit organizations readily available in the area to provide the service.

Eligible Activities

Traditional Section 5310 (at least 55%) project examples include:

  • buses and vans and related activities (maintenance, lifts, ramps)
  • Passenger facilities – benches, shelters
  • mobility management programs
  • acquisition of transportation services under a contract, lease, or other arrangement

Nontraditional Section 5310 (up to 45%) project examples include:

  • travel training and volunteer driver programs
  • building an accessible path to a bus stop, including curb-cuts, sidewalks, accessible pedestrian signals or other accessible features
  • improving signage, or way-finding technology
  • incremental cost of providing same day service or door-to-door service
  • purchasing vehicles to support new accessible taxi, ride sharing and/or vanpooling programs

Evaluation Criteria

Criteria Points Available
Filling Gaps in service to target populations 0-15
Undertaking Coordinated Plan strategies 0-15
How well your project serves the target populations 0-15
Coordinated efforts to eliminate/reduce duplication in services 0-25
Project sustainability and steps taken to ensure 0-15
Quantification of anticipated benefits 0-15



The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) Program Management Plan (PMP) describes the policies and procedures for administering the Section 5310 federal program in the Cincinnati urbanized area (UZA). OKI, as the designated recipient, maintains this PMP to facilitate both recipient management and FTA oversight as required by FTA Circular 9070.1G Chapter VII. This PMP for the OKI Section 5310 Program includes program objectives, policies, procedures, and administrative requirements in a form accessible to potential subrecipients, recipient staff, FTA, and the public.