TANF Grant


Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is a program designed to help needy families achieve self-sufficiency. States receive block grants to design and operate programs that accomplish one of the following four purposes of TANF:

· Provide assistance to needy families so that children can be cared for in their own homes or in the homes of relatives;
· End the dependence of needy parents by promoting job preparation, work, and marriage;
· Prevent and reduce the incidence of out-of-wedlock pregnancies; and
· Encourage the formation and maintenance of two-parent families.

The Virginia Transit Association (VTA) has been awarded up to $1 million in FY 2022 funds from the Virginia TANF block grant program. The purpose of the appropriation, as provided in the 2020-2022 Biennium Virginia budget, is to enable VTA to offer competitive grants to organizations that can provide public transportation to persons that have a dependent child and are below 200% of the federal poverty level.

VTA will award up to $1 million in Fiscal Year 2021-2022 to help end dependency of needy families by promoting access to employment or job training through public transit. Through its Zero Transit Fare for Working Families (Free Transit Fare) grant program, VTA intends to award the grant funds to organizations that serve TANF eligible persons in need of public transit. Key aspects of the program include:

· The Zero Transit Fare grant program is a reimbursement program. Subrecipients must expend funds up front and may request reimbursement on a monthly basis.
· There is no match requirement. Zero Transit Fare funds may be used to fund 100% of the transit services to be provided.
· All grant funds must be spent by June 30, 2022. Accordingly, VTA is seeking subrecipients that can quickly mobilize and begin providing services by July 1, 2021.

Applications will be accepted from April 8 to April 30, 2021. VTA intends to select* program awards by May 15th, 2021. For general information on the Free Transit Fare grant program, please contact VTA at [email protected] 

Returning grant recipients are invited to reapply.

-VTA/TANF Grant Guideline (FY2022)
-VTA/TANF Grant Application (FY 2022)
-VTA/TANF Grant Budget Form (FY2022)

- VTA/TANF Reimbursement Guide (FY2021)
- VTA/TANF Grant Procedure Presentation (FY2021)

Contact Information:
Lisa Guthrie, Executive Director
Virginia Transit Association
1108 E. Main Street; Suite 1108
Richmond, VA 23219
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 804-643-1166