TANF Grant

FY 2021 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 $2 million in 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 2020-2021 to help end dependency of needy families by promoting access to employment or job training through public transit. Through its Free 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 Free 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. Free 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, 2021. Accordingly, VTA is seeking subrecipients that can quickly mobilize and begin providing services by September 2020.

Applications will be accepted from June 22 to July 10, 2020. VTA intends to select* program awards by July 31, 2020. For general information on the Free Transit Fare grant program, please contact VTA at [email protected]

- VTA/TANF Grant Guidelines (FY2021)
- VTA/TANF Grant Application (FY2021)
- VTA/TANF Grant Budget Form (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