Partnerships and Innovative Learning Opportunities in Transportation (PILOT) Program


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Predicted deadline: Feb 15, 2022

Grant amount: US $25,000 - US $150,000

Fields of work: Public Transportation & Mass Transit Systems

Applicant type: Nonprofit, For-Profit Business, Government Entity, Indigenous Group

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in Oregon: Clackamas County, Multnomah County, Washington County

Location of residency: Oregon

990 Snapshot



Metro’s PILOT program explores new ways to use technology to give people better transportation options in greater Portland.

Transportation services and technologies like ride-hailing, car and bike sharing, ride matching and microtransit are launching across the Portland region, creating new travel options that can potentially be more affordable, healthier, or easier to share with others. Communities can make the most of this rapidly changing transportation landscape by exploring and learning how to best take advantage of these new options.

The Partnerships and Innovative Learning Opportunities in Transportation program will fund projects that test how recent innovations in transportation technology can benefit communities in the region and share lessons learned. Awards of up to $150,000 are available to support teams of public agencies, nonprofit organizations and/or private companies to design and implement projects that test innovative approaches to providing equitable, shared or active transportation options.

Metro is looking for projects that:

  • address a well-understood, clearly-defined challenge and test an innovative solution
  • conduct outreach and education to help community members make the most of this solution
  • create new partnerships between public agencies, nonprofits and/or private companies
  • develop and share information on successes and challenges
  • include a comprehensive approach to advancing transportation equity.

Funding available

The PILOT grant program accepts applications ranging from $25,000 to $150,000.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • The following entities are eligible to apply; Metro encourages cross-sector teams to submit joint applications:
    • public agencies
    • nonprofit organizations
    • private companies
    • research institutions.
  • In order to apply for PILOT funding, projects must:
    • Involve testing emerging technology, including any of the following:
      • Automated, connected, or electric vehicles
      • New mobility services such as ride-hailing, car/bike/e-bike/scooter sharing, and microtransit
      • Innovative mobile or online approaches to providing travelers with travel information, incentives or payment options
      • Programs or services that improve equitable access to any of the above for communities of color, people living on limited incomes, older adults, people with disabilities, people with limited English proficiency, or other historically underserved communities.
        • Examples include cash-based payment options, discounted fares, projects that increase access for people with disabilities, or culturally specific education and outreach.
    • Test emerging technology using implementation projects
    • Demonstrate the potential to measurably impact how people travel using shared, active, or equitable transportation options. Example measures of this impact could include mode shift, vehicle miles traveled, or increase in emerging technology usage by underserved communities
    • Designate a lead applicant that is eligible to enter into a grant agreement with Metro
    • Be located within the Urban Growth Boundary
    • Be clearly achievable given proposed resources and personnel.


  • PILOT funds may not be used for:
    • Activities or events held outside the Urban Growth Boundary
    • Materials or costs not related to the proposed project
    • Costs that may be incurred in preparing this grant application
    • General organizational support, annual appeals or fund drives
    • Direct grants or loans that primarily benefit specific individuals or businesses
    • Any attempt to: directly influence legislation or public policy; participate or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office; induce or encourage violations of law or public policy or improper private benefit to occur
    • Activities or events held on property whose owner discriminates against individuals or groups because of race, color creed, national origin, sex, age or disability, in violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, as amended; 42 U.S.C. Section 2000d; Section 303 of the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended; 42 U.S.C. Section 6102; Section 202 of the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990; 42 U.S.C. Section 12132

This page was last reviewed June 12, 2021 and last updated June 12, 2021