Community Connections Funding Program

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Community Connections Grant Applications

The Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) anticipates opening the application period for the next round of Community Connections Program grants in Fall-Winter 2021. Please review information about past funding rounds below.

What is the Community Connections Program?

Community Connections (CC) is the MPO’s funding program for first- and last-mile solutions, community transportation, and other small, nontraditional transportation projects such as those that update transit technology and improve bicycle facilities. The CC program is one of the investment programs included in the MPO’s current Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), Destination 2040, and is funded at a level of $2 million per year in the FFYs 2021-25 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).

Who Can Apply?

Eligible applicants include municipalities and regional transit authorities (RTAs) within the Boston MPO region. Other entities, such as transportation management associations and nonprofit organizations, are encouraged to apply in partnership with a municipality or RTA that has agreed to serve as the project proponent and fiscal manager.

What Projects Are Eligible?

The CC program funds projects in the following categories:

  • Automatic vehicle location (AVL)
  • Bike-supportive infrastructure, including:
    • Bikeshare stations and vehicles
    • Bicycle parking and shelters
  • Bus Lanes
  • Education about transportation options
  • E-Ink Signs for MBTA bus stops
  • Parking management
    • Parking leases
    • Payment systems
  • Transit operating (new bus or shuttle service)
  • Transit signal priority

Projects that add capacity to the roadway network are ineligible. More details are available in the appendix to the application document. If you have questions about the eligibility of a project you would like to apply for, please contact Sandy Johnston (contact information below).

How Do I Apply?

Take these three steps to apply for CC Program funding:

  1. Contact MPO staff to discuss your project concept and verify its potential eligibility for the program.
  2. Fill out the application form (Microsoft Word document) and the accompanying budget form, which varies by the type of project.
  3. Submit all documentation to MPO staff in one digital folder. (Additional instructions are in the application document).

Relevant documents:
Community Connections Application Form

Budget forms:


Sandy Johnston, MPO Staff

More Information

Development of the CC Program