NCMM Community Mobility Design Challenge 2020

NCMM Community Mobility Design Challenge 2020

A vibrant community is one where all residents are empowered to pursue economic, health, and social well being. The National Center for Mobility Management (NCMM) recognizes the vital role transportation plays in all activities that support the empowerment of individuals across the board. Yet often community transportation systems lack the resources and/or strategies to provide the level of mobility to residents that they would like to.

NCMM’s Community Mobility Design Challenge 2020 grants, with funding from the Federal Transit Administration, will support communities in seeking innovative ways to address the personal wellbeing of community members that face transportation barriers to recreation and physical activities, healthy food, personal safety, economic opportunity, or community and peer support opportunities. Download the application here.


The applicant organization must be a non-profit or a government agency that is able to receive, or be a subrecipient of, federal funding. Note that teams who have previously received an NCMM Design Challenge grant are not eligible to apply for this opportunity.

How to Apply

A complete application will be a single PDF document, combining all of the components listed in the application document. All applications must meet the initial screening criteria listed in the application to be considered. Application packages should be emailed to by the submittal deadline. Applications submitted via other methods will not be considered.

Grant Timeline

May 4                                      Request for proposals (RFP) announced

May – June                            Applicants complete the pre-application activities

May 14                                    Webinar for potential applicants

July 6                                      Applications due by 11:59 pm EDT

August 15                               Successful applicants notified

September                             Kick-off webinar for all selected participants

September – October          On-site workshops take place

February 2021                        Projects completed

Watch the archived Pre-Application Webinar:

The  pre-application webinar covered performing the primary research necessary to complete the application and other important points for a complete application. Watch the archived recording below, or download the slides.

Frequently asked questions:

Have questions about the application process? Reach out via email to with your question and we will post the answers below. 

Did applicants need to attend the pre-application webinar in order to apply?
No, while attending the live webinar or viewing the archived video above is highly recommended to better understand the opportunity and application process, it is not an eligibility requirement.