Grants and Funding

Capital and Operating Assistance

MDT administers federal and state capital and operating grants to help qualified organizations provide transportation to the rural general public, including the elderly and disabled.


Eligible recipients of this funding are local public bodies; private nonprofit organizations; tribal governments and agencies; and operators of public transportation services.

Applying for Assistance

To apply for transit grant funding either through operating and/or capital assistance, please visit our forms page (see "transit" section)

Reporting & Compliance Reviews

All transit grantees are required to submit quarterly reports and compliance reviews.

Quarterly reports are submitted via the BlackCat Reporting System. These reports detail financial expenditures and performance data during the quarter. A BlackCat Help Manual is available upon request.

Compliance reviews help transit grantees to provide quality service to transit riders by ensuring compliance with federal and state requirements. Forms and instructions are available on our Forms page (see the "Transit" section).


We can help:

Adam Kraft, Transit Section Supervisor, 406-444-6120
Nancy Lightner, Planner, 406-444-9216
Jackie RedEagle, Western Regional Planner, 406-444-0886
Mary Ellam, Planner, 406-444-7645
Erin Root, Southern Regional Planner , 406-444-7623
Barb Sheridan, Northern Regional Planner , 406-444-4265

Rural Transit Assistance Program

Rural Transit Assistance Program (RTAP) funds are used to support non-urbanized transit activities in four categories: training, technical assistance, research and related support services. This program is a component of the Section 5311 grant.

Eligible recipients of these funds include all Montana rural transit providers receiving federal transit grants. Funds are also available to Montana's public transit operators in small urbanized areas such as Billings, Missoula and Great Falls, as long as the activities are primarily designed and delivered to benefit non-urbanized transit providers. This program is 100 percent federally funded.

Guidelines, the scholarship application, and a reimbursement form are available on our Forms page (see the "Transit" section)

Supplemental Information

Civil Rights Discrimination Complaint Form
Fall Transit Workshop
FTA 101 Training
Montana Public Transportation Systems Map
Moving Montana Transit Newsletter
New Manager Training Agenda
Public Transportation Map
Safe Driving Tips
Transportation Advisory Committee

More information about transit programs is available from the Federal Transit Administration.