We will award up to 12 passenger vans for the 2021 award period. The deadline for 2021 applicants is Nov. 30, 2021. Note that your organization must be a 501(c)(3) located within the Snohomish County Public Transportation Benefit Area. This excludes organizations offering services exclusively within the city of Everett.
Van GO is our opportunity to give back to the organizations that serve our communities every day. Through Community Transit's Van GO program, our vehicles that are earmarked for surplus auction are instead granted to nonprofit organizations. Through
Van GO, our retired vans are used to help provide vital services and transportation to the people in our communities who need it most.
Since 2000, Community Transit has granted 158 vehicles to non-profit organizations in Snohomish County to provide transportation services to residents. Usually, retired Community Transit vans sold at auction net a few thousand dollars each for the agency. By granting some of these surplus vehicles to these nonprofits, they can continue to provide many times that value in transportation services.
We recognize the important work every nonprofit in our community provides. We try to make our grant process fair and equitable and work to ensure that vans are awarded where they can have the greatest impact. Please let us know if you have any questions
or feedback about the applications process.
The selection includes a review and evaluation process using the weighted criteria shown below. Additionally, geographic equity, diversity in population groups served, and whether an agency has received a grant vehicle previously will be factored into final decisions.
All nonprofit organizations and agencies with 501(c)3 status who primarily serve residents of the Snohomish County Public Transportation Benefit Area (PTBA) are eligible.
The PTBA serves all incorporated cities and towns in Snohomish County with the exception of the City of Everett. The PTBA also includes the Tulalip Reservation and portions of unincorporated Snohomish County.
Vehicle must be used for transportation-related purposes for citizens who live within Community Transit’s public transportation benefit area.
Please note: Only one vehicle will be awarded per organization in an 18-month time frame.
Questions about eligibility and other questions about the program can be answered by calling (425) 348-7196 or by emailing l firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The van has changed everything about how mobile our nonprofit can be for the homeless people we serve. Before this, we were not able to drive anyone anywhere.”
— Angel Resource Connection CEO Penelope Protheroe
“We can do more when we have more, and the van has helped us do more.”
— Millennia Ministries Executive Director Leilani Miller.
“Before we had the van, we were using our personal vehicles to help, but people were missing out on our programs because we couldn’t pick everyone up. Now we can,”
— Washington West African Center Executive Coordinator Pa Ousman Joof