Now Accepting Applications for Van GO Grants

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What is Van GO?

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Van GO originated in 2000 following route cuts and eliminations due to the passage of I-695. At its regular February 3, 2000 meeting, Community Transit’s Board of Directors unanimously approved a staff proposal that six wheelchair accessible minibuses and six 15-passenger vans be granted to qualifying non-profit organizations throughout Snohomish County. The goal was to ease some of the pain for senior citizens, the disabled and youth caused by the service cuts.

Since then, Community Transit has granted 126 vehicles to non-profit organization in Snohomish County to provide transportation services to residents. Vehicles that are earmarked for surplus auction are instead granted to non-profit agencies. 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 community groups, they can continue to provide many times that value in transportation services.

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On June 1, 2017, Community Transit’s Chief Executive Officer, Emmett Heath, presented to the Board of Directors his intent to grant, in accordance with Board Resolution 08-02, two 16-passenger wheelchair equipped vehicles and eight 7-passenger vans to the community to enhance transportation services to Snohomish County residents.

Vehicle Descriptions
Up to ten surplus vehicles will be granted as described below:

• Two 16-passenger vehicles (with wheelchair lifts). 2011 Ford Supreme Senators, gas engines, automatic transmissions, with approximately 160,000 miles. CDL license required to operate. Fair Market Value of the vehicles is approximately $23,000 each.

• Eight 7-passenger vans (no wheelchair lifts).  2007 Chevrolet Uplander, gas engines, automatic transmissions, with approximately 100,000 miles.  Fair Market Value of the vehicles is approximately $6,200 each. 

Interested applicants are invited to attend a Pre-Application Workshop that will be held Thursday, June 22 at 10:00 a.m. in the Community Transit Board Room, 7100 Hardeson Road, Everett. This workshop will provide applicants an opportunity to ask questions about the application process, selection criteria, and vehicle maintenance, mileage and upkeep. A representative vehicle will be available for inspection after the workshop.


Eligibility
All non-profit 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. Questions about eligibility, limits of the PTBA and other questions about the program should be directed to: Debbie Anderson, Van GO Program, at (425) 438-6136.

Application Schedule

June 2, 2017Begin accepting applications
June 22, 2017Pre-application workshop
July 31, 2017Deadline for submitting applications
August 1 - 17, 2017Review and scoring of applications by Community Transit staff
September 7, 2017Vehicle awards will be announced
September 25 - 29, 2017Estimated date of vehicle delivery to recipients


Application Submittal 
Complete the online application form. The application is also available as a Word document. Please answer each question as thoroughly as possible to accurately portray your agency, how you would use a Van GO vehicle if you are awarded and how this grant would help offset transportation difficulties within your agency.  

Electronic or hand-delivered applications must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on July 31, 2017.

Program inquiries and applications should be directed to:

Debbie Anderson, Van GO Program
Community Transit
7100 Hardeson Road
Everett, WA  98203-5834
Phone/Fax: (425) 438-6136
E-mail:  VanGO@commtrans.org

2016 Van GO Recipients

Catholic Community Services
Community Resource Foundation
Goodwill Industries
Housing Hope
Mountlake Terrace Senior Community Group
Park Ridge Community Church
Seattle Area Youth for Christ
Senior Services of Snohomish County
Village Community Services
Young Life Capernaum Snohomish County