United Way of Frederick County Seeks RUN Ride Providers
United Way’s innovative Ride United Network (RUN) has released a Request for Proposals to substantially increase affordable and flexible transportation options in Frederick County
Frederick, Md. (January 23, 2023) — United Way of Frederick County (UWFC) is excited to release its first Ride United Network (RUN) Ride Provider Request for Proposals (RFP). Ride Providers are nonprofit organizations that provide transportation options to ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) individuals and families in Frederick County.
RUN is an innovation from the Ride United pilot program. Data collected from over 4,000 rides demonstrated the value of flexible transportation options to supplement the public transportation system. Primary uses were for rides to jobs, healthcare appointments, educational opportunities and grocery stores. However, the program demonstrated service gaps for ALICE seniors, youth, rural trips and veterans. Ride Providers will help fill these gaps by focusing operations in these areas.
The first round of Ride Provider Grants will encompass the first six months of the program while real-time evaluation of outcomes will inform future grant decisions. Funding for 3,000 to 4,000 RUN rides will be available for rides occurring between March and September 2023.
Proposals are due to United Way of Frederick County by February 6, 2023 and must be submitted through United Way’s virtual grant portal found HERE. A RUN Ride Provider Grant Information Session will be held on Monday, January 30, 2023 at 1 p.m. RSVP to the RUN Ride Provider Grant Information Center by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants must be in full compliance with all State of Maryland insurance and charitable solicitation regulations.
Ride United Network is supported by Ausherman Family Foundation, Community Foundation of Frederick County, Delaplaine Foundation, Kahlert Foundation, L-X Ranch Foundation, Frederick County Government, Second Street & Hope, United Way Worldwide and thousands of individual contributors.