Community Funding Area Program

As one of the “Four Big Moves” of the Wake County Transit Plan, the Community Funding Area Program (CFAP) was created to provide an opportunity for areas in Wake County that would otherwise have limited fixed-route transit services to create or accelerate public transportation services and programs. The plan identifies 10 Wake County municipalities, and Research Triangle Park (RTP), as eligible to participate in a competitive process to receive match funding for planning, capital, operating, or combined capital/operating transit projects. To participate, an eligible organization must be a party to the Wake Transit Master Participation Agreement. A detailed description of program policies can be found in the Community Funding Area Program Management Plan

Community Funding Areas Program - Wake Transit Plan Map

Eligible Community Funding Areas:
Holly Springs
Research Triangle Park
Wake Forest

FY 2021 Community Funding Area Program Schedule 



Project Incubation Meetings (By Request)

September 23 – October 4, 2019

Applicant Training (Combined Session)

Week of October 28, 2019

Call for Projects Opens

October 28, 2019

 Pre-Submittal Review Meetings

November 18 – November 22, 2019


December 9 – December 13, 2019

Call for Projects Closes (Applications Due)

January 3, 2020

CAMPO Staff Scores Submissions

January 6 – January 24, 2020

Selection Committee Review/Recommendations

January 27 – February 21, 2020

CFA Program Funding Recommendations Presentation to TPAC

March 11, 2020

TPAC Recommends Projects in FY 2021 Work Plan

April 22, 2020

FY 2021 Work Plan Adoption

By June 30, 2020

FY 2021 Project Kickoff Meetings

July – August 2020

FY 2021 Project Mid-Year Review Meetings

December, 2020 – February, 2021

Annual Review for FY 2021 Projects

Spring – Summer, 2021

In order to submit an application, a representative from an eligible organization must attend: (1) the applicant training session, which serves as a high-level introduction to the program and covers procedures and addresses issues that are specifc to the upcoming call for projects; and (2) a pre-submittal application review meeting, where a more detailed, project-level review will occur in order for staff to have a complete understanding of incoming applications and to determine application completeness.

A general overview of the Community Funding Area Program and application cycle can be found in slides from the Municipal Meeting held on 9/27/18.   

Market Analysis

An analysis of the transportation markets in the eligible communities was completed prior to the roll-out of the Community Funding Area Program. The purpose of this market analysis is to help the communities understand both the need and potential for transit service in and between their communities by examining characteristics that shape the demand and need for public transportation. These findings can be found in the Community Funding Areas Market Analysis.