New grant program gives nonprofits $1,000 a month in ride credits

Todd Kelsay explains the ride share program. (KOMO photo)

SEATTLE - Transportation can make or break any project.

Ride share company Lyft is now working to help local nonprofits get around that obstacle.

They are now offering a monthly grant of $1,000 in ride credits to help nonprofits carry out their missions.

"A thousand dollars worth of ride credits will be quite a few rides," said Todd Kelsay of Lyft in Seattle.

Any nonprofit within Lyft's local coverage area can apply for a grant. One grant of $1,000 ride credits will be awarded every month.

Kelsay said any nonprofit can apply, as long as they're in the area doing good things and as long as transportation can be a way to amplify the good work that they're doing.

"The possibilities are endless. If you're a nonprofit organization that's doing good work, you're driving toward something and Lyft wants to help you get there," said Kelsay.

Applications must be submitted each and every month the group wants to be eligible. All applications are due the first of the month and then by mid-month, one will be selected to receive the credit in the following month.

"For example cancer patients. Often they need treatment 2, 3 or 4 times times a week and can include going to and from the facility. It's expensive, it's a hassle and they may be too sick to want to drive," said Kelsay.

To find more information and the application process, check out the Lyft blog.

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