Apply for funding to buy or modify accessible vehicles: Accessible Transportation Assistance Program

The Accessible Transportation Assistance Program (ATAP) provides funding to buy or modify accessible vehicles if you’re an organization that receives funding from the Community Transportation Assistance Program or you’re a municipal accessible transit organization. You can apply until 26 May 2019 for 2019 to 2020 program funding.

Apply for funding to buy or modify accessible vehicles.

The Accessible Transportation Assistance Program helps inclusive transit services buy an accessible vehicle or convert an existing vehicle.

The program provides funding to help organizations that receive funding from the Community Transportation Assistance Program (CTAP) and municipal accessible transit organizations across the province buy accessible vehicles or modify existing vehicles.

Funding amount

Funding provides up to 75% of capital cost to a maximum of $75,000 for new vehicles or $15,000 for used vehicles.

Eligibility

You can apply if you’re an organization that:

  • receives funding from the Community Transportation Assistance Program (CTAP)
  • provides accessible transit in municipalities (for example, Metro Transit Access-a-Bus and Handi-Trans CB)
  • received funding from the Nova Scotia Transit Research Incentive Program (NS-TRIP) for a pilot project to deliver door-to-door service

The following organizations are not eligible to apply:

  • fixed-route transit operators
  • shuttle operators
  • inter-city transit operators
  • not-for-profit transit providers that don’t meet the Community Transportation Assistance Program criteria
  • nursing homes
  • individuals
  • taxis

You need to apply for funding by 26 May 2019 (applications received after 26 May will not be considered).

How to apply

  1. Review detailed program guidelines in the Accessible Transportation Assistance Program Criteria.
  2. Apply online for funding.
  3. Check the application for details on all required supporting documents.
  4. Submit your completed application and supporting documents. Or send the supporting documents by mail.

How long it takes

It should take 6 to 8 weeks for the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage to review your funding application and let you know if you’re receiving funding. It can take longer if more information is needed or if your application hasn’t been filled in correctly.

Cost

There is no cost to apply for the funding.

Before you start

Make sure you:

  • have at least 3 quotes for the vehicle you want to buy or modify
  • have a mechanical assessment if needed

Apply online

When you apply online you need to know your Grants Management System username and password or register a new account.

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