Grant Overview

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Each year Person County receives grant funding from the Rural Operating Assistance Program, known to many as ROAP. These funds are available to all 100 counties and the amount of the grant is determined based off many factors. The ROAP grant has three programs that are described below. 

NOTE: Due to limited ROAP funding each fiscal year, passengers may be moved between programs at times. 

EDTAP (Elderly and Disabled Transportation Assistance Program)

Eligibility: Age 60+ OR disabled 

Placement into this program requires an application to be completed and proof of being age 60+ or disabled. Proof of age must be verified with a copy of a state or federal approved ID (Driver's License, State issued ID or Passport). Proof of disability must be verified with a signed physician statement on official letterhead. These items must be attached as proof to the application. 

You can obtain the application HERE: Certification for EDTAP

EMPL (Employment and Transportation Assistance Program)

Eligibility:

-DSS clients transitioning off Work First or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) in the previous 12 months OR Workforce Development Program participants 

-Intended to help the transportation of disadvantaged public and/or

-Intended to help the general public to travel to work, employment training and/or other employment related destinations 

Placement into this program requires an application to be completed and proof of one of the following purposes below. Proof can be in the form of a signed statement on official letterhead from the local Department of Social Services, a copy of an official job offer, a signed statement on official letterhead from a current employer, proof of registration for employment training, and/or proof of a job interview or job fair attendance. These items must be attached as proof to the application. 

EMPL funds may be used for any number of days with a 2 month maximum per application. If EMPL funds are required for longer than 2 months, an additional application must be completed with the appropriate supporting documentation. Due to the limited EMPL funds, additional approval will be on a case by case basis. 

You can obtain the application HERE: Certification for EMPL

RGP (Rural General Public)

Eligibility: Individuals who do NOT have a human services agency or organization that will pay for the transport. 

Section 5310 Elderly Individuals and Individuals with Disabilities Program

Person County Residents may also be eligible to be covered under the 5310 Elderly Individuals and Individuals with Disabilities Program which the Kerr Tar Regional Council of Government applies to each fiscal year. This grant covers the full cost of transportation. 

Placement into this program requires an application to be completed and proof of being age 65+ or disabled. Proof of age must be verified with a copy of a state or federal approved ID (Driver's License, State issued ID or Passport). Proof of disability must be verified with any of the below items. These items must be attached as proof to the application. 

  • Statements or letters on a physician's/medical professional's letterhead stationary.
  • Statements, records or letters from a Federal Government agency that issues or provides disability benefits.
  • Statements, records or letters from a State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency counselor.
  • Certification from a private Vocational Rehabilitation or other counselor that issues or provides disability benefits. 

You can obtain the application HERE: 5310 Registration Form

****NOTE: Under the 5310 Program, an applicant must not be receiving health insurance through the Medicaid program. 

The purpose of these programs is to help offset the costs of transportation services. Please see our Fares page for fare pricing.