About the Fund:

The Transit Empowerment Fund, formerly Basic Transportation Needs Fund, was established in 2011 as a partnership between Capital Metro and One Voice Central Texas to enhance access to transportation. Since 2012, an independent Board has overseen the work of the Fund including the distribution of transit passes to nonprofit organizations and support of a demonstration project. The Board includes representatives from the nonprofit and business communities and Capital Metro.

Abbreviated Request for Transit Passes Applications (RFA) Option

The Transit Empowerment Fund (TEF), has initiated an abbreviated application process for organizations who have met certain standards:

  • Received TEF passes for at least two years
  • Submitted 100% of monthly reports by the deadline for the last 12 months
  • Distributed at least 90% of passes for the most recently completed reporting year
  • No reports of lost or stolen passes in the last 12 months
  • No substantial change to program for which you are applying.

If you are receiving this, you have met these qualifications. Therefore, you can complete the abbreviated application if you are not making any substantive program changes or asking for more than a 10% increase from your current allocation.

If you are making program changes or making a request for an increase in passes in excess of 10% of your current allocation, then you will need to complete a new application.

About the 2020 Transit Pass Application

The Transit Empowerment Fund (TEF) Board will accept applications for the following:

  1. Purchase of deeply discounted Capital Metro Local Bus Passes, Commuter Passes, and MetroAccess Ten Ride Booklets (50% reduction from the reduced nonprofit rate = 75% discount from the full fare). The provision of deeply discounted passes (as opposed to no cost passes) will help ensure the sustainability of the Fund.
  2. No Cost Passes – a limited number of no cost passes will be available. A maximum of 30% of the overall request can be made for no cost passes (i.e. if requesting $1,000 in passes up to $300 in passes can be requested at no cost). However, for no cost passes to be awarded, a compelling case must be made as to the critical need for the passes and the reasons that the organization cannot purchase the passes at the deeply discounted rate.

NOTE: Applicants applying through the annual RFA process for the first time are not eligible for no cost passes. There must be a history of accurate and timely reporting for no cost passes to be considered.

January 2020 Abbreviated Transit Pass Application

Step 1 of 3

  • Overview

  • Documentation

  • Accepted file types: pdf.
  • Accepted file types: pdf.
    Required unless previously provided to TEF, or the applicant is a government agency. If you are unsure if this has been provided, email laylee@woollardnichols.com.
  • Accepted file types: pdf.
    All applicants must sign a statement on letterhead that they do not discriminate on the basis of gender, sexual preference, religion or race.
  • Project Description

  • Accepted file types: pdf.
    Please upload your project description here. The project description should be a maximum of three pages, with 12 point font, one inch margins, and must include all of the elements listed below:
    • Need for passes
    • Purpose of passes
    • Self Sufficiency – Describe how these passes will be used to assist individuals in remaining or becoming more self sufficient
    • Geographic area targeted – if any
    • Client eligibility – describe how client eligibility will be determined
    • Distribution - Outline the process for distributing passes
    • Safety – Describe the policies and procedures that will be in place to ensure that the passes are secure
    • Leveraging - The TEF Board would like to see passes used to leverage other funding or services. Identify ways in which the passes will be used to leverage or as leverage for other funds or services. This may include how the passes will be used as matching funds for other grants and/or how these passes will enhance or increase access to the services that your clients receive.
    • No-Cost Passes - No-cost passes are only awarded when the organization outlines a clear need for the passes and can justify why the organization does not have the resources to purchase the passes at the deeply discounted rate. If your organization is requesting no-cost passes, then outline the following:
      • Significant changes in your organization's finances that have led to why the organization is requesting no cost passes as opposed to purchasing discounted passes
      • Significant changes in the needs of the population served that have led to why the organization is requesting no cost passes as opposed to purchasing discounted passes

    Note: Capital Metro will track utilization. Each organization will be required to complete a monthly tracking form that identifies: number of recipients, type of passes, sex and age of recipients, and the primary purpose for which the passes are distributed, i.e. Employment, Education, Healthcare, or Social Services.
    If an organization has previously received passes from the TEF Board, the prior use of the passes and timeliness in reporting will be considered as part of the deliberation.

  • On the next page you will have the opportunity to specify the type of passes you are requesting and the amount of each type.

Eligible Pass/Ticket Types: Applicants can request deeply discounted passes for Local Bus Service, Premium Service, Commuter Service, and 10-Ride MetroAccess Service. Within each category, applicants can apply for Reduced Fare passes; please note, however, that ALL RECIPIENTS OF REDUCED FARE PASSES MUST MEET ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA DETAILED AT http://www.capmetro.org/RFID AND HAVE A CAPITAL METRO REDUCED FARE ID CARD FROM CAPITAL METRO.

All recipients of METROACCESS passes must have a MetroAccess card: https://www.capmetro.org/metroaccess/

More information about Capital Metro fares can be found at: http://www.capmetro.org/fares/

Target Population: All passes must be used by individuals who are at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Level and are transit dependent.

Purpose: The primary purpose of the passes must be to access: Employment, Education, Healthcare, or Social Services.

Eligible Applicants:

Applicants must be either a 501©3 organization, a tax-exempt veteran organization, or a governmental entity.


RFA released: January 10, 2020

Optional Bidders conference:  January 21st from 3:00-4:00 pm in the Meals on Wheels Central Texas Board Room. Click here to RSVP for the optional information session.

Deadline for applications: 5:00pm on February 7, 2020. All applications must be submitted online through this application form. The Board reserves the right to follow up with applicants with specific questions.

Decision announced no later than March 29th, 2019
Note that the Board will review all applications and may award all, partial, or none of an applicant’s request.

Pass Distribution: Passes will be distributed as soon as they have been printed. This is generally in July. Recipients will be required to attend an orientation when they pick up their passes.

Important Note About the Application

All applications must be submitted online through this application form. If you cannot complete it in one sitting, you can choose to save it and continue it later. A unique URL will be sent to you via email so that you can access it in the future. Additionally, if you prefer to view the RFA in PDF format to review before applying, you can do so by downloading the abbreviated application here.

If you have questions about the application, please contact Sam Woollard at sam@successfulgiving.com or 512-217-6862.