The Transportation Access Program provides bicycles, wheelchairs and other transit needs to our students. Our goal is to remove transportation as a barrier to education.
Without a public school transit system, many of our students spend a fair amount of time walking to and from school. Inclement weather can even prevent students from going to school.
The TAP program was initially funded by Jason Weiss with a donation of $1200. This amount was matched by VNSF for a total starting fund of $2400. We primarily provide bicycles to students who walk more than 3KM to school. With less time spent traveling to and from school, we enable them to not only get to school more reliably but also allow them more time to study.
Where the money goes
TAP Grants: Varies from $10 – 500
Our grants go to helping students with any time of transportation need they are facing. This includes but isn’t limited to:
- Bicycles to reliably go to school
- Handicap chairs
- Bus fare for school trips
Criteria for selecting students
- Must be a VNSF scholarship recipient
- Must not have received a TAP award within the past 12 months of application
- Must be able to articulate hardship in reaching school or accessing educational resources.
- Students who request bicycles must live at least 3KM from their school
- Applicants submit a TAP application and essay
- Applications are reviewed by the program committee
- Bicycles are purchased and delivered to students
- Money for requests for other support (e.g. bus fare) is delivered to students
- Proof of purchase (a receipt and/or photo of the student and bike) is sent back to VNSF