Partnerships and Innovative Learning Opportunities in Transportation program

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Learn about applying for grants to test new approaches to improving equitable, shared or active transportation options in greater Portland.

3 to 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 5

Letter of interest

Submit your letter of interest about a project idea between Sept. 28 to Oct. 26 to get feedback from Metro staff.

Transportation services and technologies like ride-hailing, car and bike sharing, ride matching and microtransit are launching across the Portland region, creating new travel options that can be more affordable, healthier, or easier to share with others. With so much change taking place, communities need to explore and learn how to best take advantage of these new options. The Partnerships and Innovative Learning Opportunities in Transportation program will fund projects that test how recent innovations in transportation technology can benefit communities in the region and share lessons learned. Awards of up to $150,000 are available to support teams of public agencies, non-profit organizations and/or private companies to design and implement projects that test innovative approaches to providing equitable, shared or active transportation options.

Metro is looking for projects that:

  • address a well-understood, clearly-defined challenge and test an innovative solution
  • conduct outreach and education to help community members make the most of this solution
  • create new partnerships between public agencies, non-profits and/or private companies
  • develop and share information on successes and challenges.

Funding available

The PILOT grant program accepts applications ranging from $25,000 to $150,000.

Who is eligible to apply?

The following entities are eligible to apply; Metro encourages cross-sector teams to submit joint applications:

  • public agencies
  • non-profit organizations
  • private companies
  • research institutions.

How to apply

The grant cycle will open in late September 2018 with a call for letters of interest. Applicants will be able to submit a brief letter describing a project idea and get feedback from Metro staff before developing a full application.


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