Frequently Asked Questions for the Interest-Focused Mobility Meetings

When is the LOI due?

All LOIs are due by Midnight ET on January 9th, 2020

Will there be 2 or 3 community awards?

Three communities will be selected to participate in this opportunity.

Is it required that the training be held in February? Could it be later (e.g., March)?

The funding for this activity will expire at the end of February, so the activity will need to be completed by then.

Can the stipends be used to offset attendees’ time to attend the meeting as long as we don’t exceed the limit of available stipends? Or are they strictly for travel costs and lodging?

The stipends can only be used to offset expenses to attend the meeting. Attendees’ time will not be considered a reimbursable expense.

What is the anticipated length of the meeting (e.g., half-day, all day)?

The hours of the meeting will be approximately 9 am to 3 pm.

Our focus will be on youth transportation. Would NCMM be able to provide a subject matter expert that is knowledgeable in this area to facilitate the meeting?

NCMM will facilitate the process for the day. In planning the meeting, NCMM will work with the local community to identify subject matter experts. Often these meetings begin with a panel discussion.

Does the lead agency need to be a 501c3?

The lead agency can be any type of nonprofit or publicly funded agency, who will serve as the local partners with NCMM in designing this meeting. It does not specifically need to be a 501(c)3.  

Can you provide an example of a project co-lead from a different sector? 

For example, if you are working on the issue of access to health care, co-leads could be from transportation plus a hospital system, a local clinic, etc. The key piece is to invite stakeholders that represent the sector or organizations involved in your selected "issue."

Do you have examples of communities that have participated in this opportunity in past rounds you could point me to?

Snohomish County, WA – focused on coalition building to address local issues
York County, PA – focused on expanding job access through improved transportation opportunities
Southern Tier, NY – focused on improving healthcare-related transportation options

Will an agreement be executed between NCMM and the lead agency?

An agreement will not be executed between NCMM and the lead agency, as there will be no direct exchange of funds. All costs for the meeting will be paid directly by NCMM; reimbursements to participants will go directly through NCMM.

Should a member of the DOT be in attendance?  Does that offer some additional credibility to the letter?

The addition of a DOT member is not required at the meeting.

Are the meeting stipends for the meeting participants paid/provided directly to the individual participants or to the organization that pursues the technical assistance through the letter of intent, for example? 

NCMM will pay /provide stipends directly to the individual participants.

Is there a maximum number of stakeholders allowed to attend the meeting?

Our preference would be for each meeting to have no more than 30 attendees.