The DC Taxicab Commission has established a $750,000 grants program to assist District residents and taxicab companies obtain new wheelchair accessible vehicles. Applications are available to drivers with a valid H-tag and taxicab companies that have met the 6% WAVs requirement. All those receiving a grant must agree to participate in the Transport DC program. A comprehensive online sensitivity training program developed in partnership with the DC Office of Disability Rights will also be a required element of this grant program.Grants up to $7,500 will be awarded to offset the purchase of a new WAV, or an annual grant of $2,500 will be awarded to offset the cost to rent a WAV. The first deadline to submit an application for a grant is August 10, 2015. In addition, MV-1 will provide an additional $5,000 grant to the first 20 drivers to purchase or lease a new MV-1 for use as a DCTC accessible taxi. So an owner/operator would be eligible for up to $12,500 ($7,500 grant from DCTC, plus $5,000 from MV-1); and with a special $25,000 DCTC Accessibility Price on the 20 vehicles, an owner/operator participating in this program can purchase a brand new MV-1 for only $12,500. More information re: grant submission is available here.