Transport Access Regional Partnership Grants Program
The Transport Access Regional Partnerships Grants Program (TARPGP) supports initiatives to improve services and outcomes for transport disadvantaged groups in the community.
The TARPGP provides funding for people who are affected by specific circumstances that leave them with limited or no access to private transport, and difficulty accessing conventional public transport due to:
- Limited access to a car or regular public transport services (e.g. people in isolated towns, people without a licence etc.)
- Lack of mobility
- Socio-economic circumstances
Eligible organisations include non-profit community based organisations, incorporated associations, local councils, statutory agencies and current Australian Business Number (ABN) holders. Other individuals or groups are free to propose projects either directly to Transport for NSW, or to an eligible organisation in their region.
How to access the funding
If you find a gap in services to a community or a group of people, contact your Area Manager, who can provide information about alternative services that may solve the problem. If none exist, the program may fund a new service.
Types of projects funded
Funding for projects is available on a trial or seeding basis. Recurrent funding is not available through this program. In most cases, funded projects will need to demonstrate that they can become self-sustaining. Projects should aim to make better use of existing transport resources. Consideration will be given to projects that provide innovative, demand-responsive services.
Partnerships with other organisations are encouraged. For example state agencies, local councils, transport operators, community organisations and other stakeholders.
Duration of funded projects
The duration of funded projects can range from a few months up to 12 months. Projects planned to run more than 12 months are generally not considered. If a longer timeframe is required, a staged approach with defined milestones may be considered.
In some cases, funding will be provided for a product such as transport guides.
When is funding available
Applicants can apply for funding at any time. There is no cut off point for applications to be received by Transport for NSW.
How is funding allocated
Transport for NSW will assess the applicant’s completed funding application form on individual merit. Transport for NSW considers factors such as the level of transport disadvantage experienced by the target group, the use the proposal makes of existing transport resources, and the impact the proposal is likely to have on the coordination of effective transport solutions.
Funding is granted with the primary aim of increasing the level and range of transport options to the target group. The program cannot fund the purchase of vehicles, but instead aims to increase the use of existing transport resources within each community.
How to apply for funding
When developing a funding proposal, a sponsoring organisation is asked to talk with their Area Manager, who may then seek feedback on the proposal from the local Transport Working Group.
A completed form is then submitted to the local Regional Manager who will forward it on for final approval.
If the project is approved, TfNSW will write to the applicant with details of operational and reporting requirements.
During the project, the successful applicant will also have to submit evaluation updates. This is a requirement of funding, and is crucial to show the benefits of their transport initiative to communities. Funded organisations must keep records that demonstrate changes that result from their transport initiative such as:
- Patronage figures
- Improved public awareness of available services
- Number of people attending a service e.g. health clinic, youth program, TAFE classes etc.
- Level of social activity people that engage in
- Better access to services
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