In 2018 the Foundation held many listening sessions, speaking with over 250 people from all walks of life to gather perspectives on our two focus areas, Advancing Equity in Education and Building a More Inclusive Economy. Read more about this process on our microsite.
Among other issues, we heard that for many community members inadequate transportation is a barrier to accessing childcare, receiving healthcare, attending preferred schools, and obtaining and maintaining employment. As a result, transportation became the focus of our first focus area grant round in Spring 2019.
In planning this grant round, we decided that those community members who had local transportation challenges would be the best to select the projects to be funded. Therefore, a Community Committee was assembled, including those who have had these challenges, plus individuals working in the transportation field. Over the span of six months, the Community Committee designed an application, interviewed grant applicants, and made grant decisions.
For more details, read our press release.
Do you have questions about our transportation work? If so, contact Brittney Gaspari at firstname.lastname@example.org.