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America’s Federal Funding Opportunities and Resources for Decarbonization

This tool is primarily intended to streamline state, local, non-profit, and community efforts to increase understanding of eligible funding, tax credits, and other incentives relevant to your project, goals, and community. The tool focuses on decarbonization efforts, including electricity, transportation, buildings, and resilient energy systems. It does not exhaustively capture federal resources for other topics. Use the filters below to sort available funding sources automatically and focus on the funding sources relevant to your project, goals, and community. Then use the compare feature to select up to 4 programs most relevant to review side-by-side.

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New - IRA 30C: Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property Credit
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To provide a tax credit for installing qualified vehicle refueling and recharging property in your home or business. Department of Treasury Internal Revenue Service (IRS) To qualify for the credit, refueling property must be used to store or dispense clean-burning fuel. Beginning January 1, 2023, the Inflation Reduction Act expands qualified property to include charging stations for 2- and 3-wheeled vehicles (for use on public roads) and bidirectional charging equipment (vehicle-to-grid or V2G) N/A The credit for qualified refueling property subject to depreciation equals 6% with a maximum credit of $100,000 for each single item of property Up to $100,000 or 6% of project costs Uncapped for 10 years N/A N/A This tax credit can be utilized by non-profit entities like municipalities that are working on fleet electrification. Local governments and Tribal communities can also highlight this tax credit for local businesses, landlords, and residents to encourage the private sector deployment of refueling and recharging infrastructure. Qualifying property for businessess are limited to property placed in service within low-income communities or non-urban census tracts. Tax-exempt entities can leverage these credits through a new mechanism known as "elective" or "direct" pay. To learn more about how these tax credits work for entities with and without tax liability, check out our Funding Guidance here: https://cityrenewables.org/funding-guidance/understanding-available-incentives/tax-credits-for-renewable-energy/ Property location limitations as described in the equity considerations column O. See the latest guidance here: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/treasury-irs-issue-guidance-on-the-qualified-alternative-fuel-vehicle-refueling-property-credit No https://www.irs.gov/credits-deductions/alternative-fuel-vehicle-refueling-property-credit
New - IRA 45W: Credit for Qualified Commercial Clean Vehicles
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To provide a tax credit for businesses and tax-exempt organizations that buy a qualified commercial clean vehicle. Department of Treasury Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Credit for light, medium, and heavy-duty EVs purchased for commercial use or lease. To qualify, a vehicle must be subject to a depreciation allowance, with an exception for vehicles placed in service by a tax-exempt organization and not subject to a lease. For additional requirements, see "Other Notes" N/A The maximum credit is $7,500 for qualified vehicles with gross vehicle weight ratings (GVWRs) of under 14,000 pounds and $40,000 for all other vehicles. Credit is the lesser value of 30% of the vehicles cost up to $7,500 or $40,000 depending on vehicle weight Uncapped for 10 years N/A N/A This tax credit can be utilized by non-profit entities like municipalities that are working on fleet electrification. There is no limit on the number of credits your business can claim. For businesses, the credits are nonrefundable, so you can't get back more on the credit than you owe in taxes. Local governments and Tribal communities can also highlight this tax credit for local businesses, landlords, and residents to encourage the private sector deployment of refueling and recharging infrastructure. See the "Equity Design Considerations for Federal Funding" for general considerations and additional sector-based resources: https://cityrenewables.org/resources/equity-design-considerations-for-federal-funding/ Tax-exempt entities can leverage these credits through a new mechanism known as "elective" or "direct" pay. To learn more about how these tax credits work for entities with and without tax liability, check out our Funding Guidance here: https://cityrenewables.org/funding-guidance/understanding-available-incentives/tax-credits-for-renewable-energy/ The vehicle must also: Be made by a qualified manufacturer as defined in IRC 30D(d)(1)(C); Be for use in your business, not for resale; Be for use primarily in the United States; Not have been allowed a credit under sections 30D or 45W. In addition, the vehicle must either be: Treated as a motor vehicle for purposes of title II of the Clean Air Act and manufactured primarily for use on public roads (not including a vehicle operated exclusively on a rail or rails); or mobile machinery as defined in IRC 4053(8) (including vehicles that are not designed to perform a function of transporting a load over a public highway). The vehicle or machinery must also either be a plug-in electric vehicle that draws significant propulsion from an electric motor with a battery capacity of at least: 7 kilowatt hours if the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) is under 14,000 pounds (15 kilowatt hours if the GVWR is 14,000 pounds or more); or a fuel cell motor vehicle that satisfies the requirements of IRC 30B(b)(3)(A) and (B). https://www.irs.gov/credits-deductions/commercial-clean-vehicle-credit
New - IIJA Carbon Reduction Program (CRP)
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To reduce transportation emissions via alternative fueling infrastructure, efficiency, electrification, and other planning strategies. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHA) Eligible projects include traffic monitoring and control facilities; public transportation projects eligible for assistance under section 142 (Public Transportation); off-road trail facilities; advanced transportation and congestion management technologies; infrastructure-based intelligent transportation systems; vehicle-to-infrastructure communications equipment; the replacement of inefficient street lighting and traffic control devices; and development of carbon reduction strategies. 20% cost share required $1,283,000,000 N/A N/A N/A November 15, 2023 This program is specifically designed to reduce carbon emissions across a variety of sources, including alternative fuels, the purchase or lease of zero-emissions construction vehicles, port electrification, energy-efficient traffic lights and street lights, bike paths, public transit routes, and/or route shifting. See the "Equity Design Considerations for Federal Funding" for general considerations and additional sector-based resources: https://cityrenewables.org/resources/equity-design-considerations-for-federal-funding/ Implementation guidance can be found here: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/sustainability/energy/policy/crp_guidance.pdf For areas of 50,000 or more, a State is required to provide obligation authority (OA). When obligation authority is provided alongside contract authority, the entity in receipt of OA is able to obligate – or spend – the funds designated for their area, versus OA remaining with the state and the state retaining control over project selection. No https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/bipartisan-infrastructure-law/crp_fact_sheet.cfm
New - IIJA Charging and Fueling Program Discretionary Grants - Community Program
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As part of the Electric Vehicle Charging and Refueling Infrastructure Program at least 50% of this funding must be used for a community grant program "Community Charging" where priority is given to projects that expand access to EV charging and alternative fueling infrastructure within rural areas, low- and moderate-income neighborhoods, and communities with a low ratio of private parking spaces. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHA) Eligible applicants include state or political subdivision of a State, Metropolitan Planning Organization, Local government, Special purpose district or public authority with a transportation function, Indian Tribe, Territory. 20% cost share required $350,000,000 $15,000,000 N/A N/A May 30, 2023 Community grants are focused on the installation of electric vehicle charging and alternative fuel in locations on public roads, schools, parks, and in publicly accessible parking facilities. Funding is prioritized for rural areas, low-and moderate-income neighborhoods, and communities with low ratios of private parking, or high ratios of multiunit dwellings. N/A See the list of awards here: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/cfi/grant_recipients/ No https://www.transportation.gov/rural/grant-toolkit/charging-and-fueling-infrastructure-grant-program
New - IIJA Charging and Fueling Program Discretionary Grants - Corridor Program
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To strategically deploy publicly accessible electric vehicle charging infrastructure and other alternative fueling infrastructure along designated alternative fuel corridors. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHA) Eligible applicants include state or political subdivision of a State, Metropolitan Planning Organization, Local government, Special purpose district or public authority with a transportation function, Indian Tribe, Territory. 20% cost share required $350,000,000 $1,000,000 N/A N/A May 30, 2023 Eligible projects under Corridor Charging component of the program umbrella specifically call out fossil-based technologies. Additional FHA guidance and clarification may be useful in understanding if competitive funds will prioritize the deployment of publicly accessible EV charging infrastructure and hydrogen over alternatives like propane and natural gas for fueling infrastructure in designated alternative fuel corridors. See the "Equity Design Considerations for Federal Funding" for general considerations and additional sector-based resources: https://cityrenewables.org/resources/equity-design-considerations-for-federal-funding/ N/A See the list of awards here: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/cfi/grant_recipients/ No https://www.transportation.gov/rural/grant-toolkit/charging-and-fueling-infrastructure-grant-program
New - IRA Clean Heavy-Duty Vehicles
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To support the adoption and deployment of zero-emission Class 6 or Class 7 heavy-duty vehicles. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) TBA Grants and rebates are provided to cover up to 100% of costs for 1) replacing non-zero-emission vehicles with zero-emission vehicles; 2) purchasing, installing, operating, and maintaining required infrastructure; 3) workforce development and training; and 4) planning and technical activities. TBA $1,000,000,000 N/A N/A N/A Expected Q3/Q4 2023 Consider replacing current transit buses, garbage trucks, and other utility vehicles with zero-emission vehicles. Consider prioritizing projects in nonattainment areas or communities where residents are historically disproportionally impacted by air pollution. For workforce development and training activities, consider partnering with community-based organizations and adopting strategies that help develop and maintain the local workforce. Find more information about nonattainment areas here: https://www.epa.gov/green-book Potential applicants can prepare for this funding now by conducting an assessment of municipal fleets and develop a phased replacement plan for different vehicle types depending on their retirement timeline, available funding opportunities, etc. EPA invites manufacturers, fleets, ports, municipalities, school districts, utilities, and other stakeholders with zero-emission technology experience or understanding to respond to this RFI, by June 5, 2023. Note: This is not the application solicitation. $600,000,000 is available until September 30, 2031. Additional $400,000,000 is reserved for nonattainment areas. No https://www.epa.gov/inflation-reduction-act/clean-heavy-duty-vehicle-program
New - IRA Clean Ports Program
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To support the purchase and installation of zero-emission equipment and technology at ports, and the development of port climate action plans, with a focus on ports in nonattainment areas. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) TBA Eligible activities include 1) purchasing or installing zero-emission port equipment or technology for use at, or to directly serve, one or more ports; 2) conducting any relevant planning or permitting in connection with the purchase or installation of such zero-emission port equipment or technology; and 3) developing qualified climate action plans. TBA $3,000,000,000 N/A N/A N/A TBA A detailed strategic plan is required to establish goals, implementation strategies, and accounting and inventory practices to reduce emissions, and describe how the applicants have implemented or will implement measures to enhance the resiliency of the ports. Applicants are required to outline strategies to collaborate with, communicate with, and address potential effects on low-income and disadvantaged near-port communities and other stakeholders that may be affected by the implementation of the plan. Find more information about nonattainment areas here: https://www.epa.gov/green-book EPA invites manufacturers, fleets, ports, municipalities, school districts, utilities, and other stakeholders with zero-emission technology experience or understanding to respond to this RFI, by June 5, 2023. Note: This is not the application solicitation. $2,250,000,000 is available until September 30, 2027. Additional $750,000,000 is available for nonattainment areas. https://www.epa.gov/inflation-reduction-act/clean-ports-program
Existing - Increase Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ)
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To support most low-carbon transportation modes including public transit, active transportation, electrification, and port and freight pollution mitigation. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHA) Proposed projects or programs must have a high level of effectiveness in reducing air pollution and be included in the metropolitan planning organization’s (MPO’s) current transportation plan and transportation improvement program (TIP) or the current state transportation improvement program (STIP) in areas without an MPO. Not required $2,539,000,000 Unknown Unknown Unknown Rolling CMAQ supports two important US DOT goals: improving air quality and relieving congestion. Since some congestion relief projects also reduce idling, the negative emissions impacts of "stop and go" driving, and the number of vehicles on the road, they also improve air quality. Based on their emissions reductions, these types of projects are eligible for CMAQ funding. Applicants should consider projects that reduce vehicle miles traveled (VMT), encourage multi-modal transportation options, and encourage lower-emitting vehicles. The 2021 IIJA expands eligibility to shared micro-mobility (bikeshares, shared scooter systems, etc.) and heavy- or medium-duty Zero Emission Vehicles. In order to effectively and equitably reduce vehicles on the road, understand which communities lack reasonable and convenient access to transit and multi-modal options. This could include additional collaboration with frontline communities and other stakeholders to address both procedural and distributional equity concerns. The funding flows through state transportation agencies to local governments. Local governments and non-state partners should ensure that state agencies understand local and regional needs. N/A No https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/bipartisan-infrastructure-law/cmaq.cfm
Existing - Increase Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) National Grants
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To achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions and exposure, particularly from fleets operating in areas designated by the Administrator as poor air quality areas. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) Eligible applicants include 1) regional, state, local or tribal agencies/consortia or port authorities with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality, and 2) nonprofit organizations or institutions that represent or provide pollution reduction or educational services to persons or organizations that own or operate diesel fleets. 55% cost share required for vehicle or equipment replacement with zero-tailpipe emissions $115,000,000 $4,000,000 80 $1,437,500 December 1, 2023 Consider replacing eligible vehicles to electric engines. These include: school buses; Class 5 – Class 8 heavy-duty highway vehicles; Locomotive engines; marine engines; non-road engines, equipment or vehicles used in construction, handling of cargo (including at ports or airports), agriculture, mining or energy production (including stationary generators and pumps). Consider prioritizing bus fleet electrification that serve disadvantaged communities who historically breathe disproportionately less healthy air and other vehicles that regularly service communities (garbage, recycling, transit, etc.). Eligible vehicles for replacement must be fully operational; the participating fleet owner must have owned and operated the vehicle during the 2 years prior to upgrade; the existing vehicle must have at least 3 years of remaining life at the time of upgrade (remaining life is the fleet owner’s estimate of the number of years until the unit would have been retired from service if the unit were not being upgraded or scrapped because of the grant funding); highway usage must have reached 7,000 miles/year during 2 years prior to upgrade; school buses may use mileage from 2019 (due to COVID limitations/restrictions). EPA anticipates awarding a total of approximately $115 million under this NOFO: $58 million in Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 funding and $57 million in FY 2023 funding, subject to the availability of funds, the quantity and quality of applications received, and other considerations. No https://www.epa.gov/dera/national
New Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Competitive Program
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To directly invest in projects that develop, promote, implement, and manage energy efficiency and conservation, including clean energy. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of State and Community Energy Programs (SCEP) Eligible entities include only those US local governments and Indian Tribes that are ineligible for the EECBG formula grant. Not required $8,800,000 $2,000,000 10 to 20 $586,667 June 5, 2023 (Concept Paper); August 7, 2023 (Full Application) Consider using funds to enhance or enable innovative energy financing strategies that spread project costs out over time or capture additional incentives. These may be more complex, but can often extend the impact - bill savings and energy savings were at least 2X higher in the original EECBG program than other efforts when EECBG funds were utilized for more ambitious and/or "complex" financial incentive programs. EECBG can help provide technical assistance to assist disadvantaged communities who lack the capacity or resources to put forward competitive applications. For additional information on past program use, how EECBG funding was used to accelerate partners, and case studies, check out: http://www.usmayors.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/0227-report-eecbgsurvey.pdf EECBG was first passed in 2007, amended with the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) of 2009, and expired in 2016. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) of 2021 recapitalizes the program and expands upon previous eligibility. $550,000,000 in funding available until expended. https://www.energy.gov/scep/energy-efficiency-and-conservation-block-grant-program-competitive-funding-announcement
Existing - IIJA Increase Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program (EECBG)
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To directly invest in or provide technical assistance vouchers for projects that develop, promote, implement, and manage energy efficiency and conservation, including clean energy. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) Cities, towns and villages with a population of at least 35,000 are eligible for this formula funding; at a minimum, the ten largest cities in each state, including Puerto Rico, regardless of population, are eligible to apply; all other cities, villages, and towns can apply for EECBG funds or technical assistance through their state. Not required $550,000,000 Varies All eligible recipients of formula funding Varies by municipality Pre-Application Information Sheet and State and territory applications are due ASAP. Full applications for local governments and Tribal communities are due by April 30, 2024. Consider using funds to enhance or enable innovative energy financing strategies that spread project costs out over time or capture additional incentives. These may be more complex, but can often extend the impact - bill savings and energy savings were at least 2X higher in the original EECBG program than other efforts when EECBG funds were utilized for more ambitious and/or "complex" financial incentive programs. EECBG can help provide technical assistance to assist disadvantaged communities who lack the capacity or resources to put forward competitive applications. As an alternative to traditional grants, DOE will providing Local and Tribal governments with the option to apply for vouchers to receive technical assistance and/or equipment rebates. Vouchers provide a streamlined application process with fewer administrative requirements and allow Local and Tribal governments to take advantage of customized technical expertise or get reimbursed for eligible equipment. Eligible entities may choose to use a voucher or a grant, but not both. Voucher applicants do NOT need to follow the grant application process. More information about voucher applications has been released! See the EECBG Program Formula Grant Application Hub for the Voucher Handbook and Voucher Application Templates. For more information on the Biden Administration's current approach for EECBG, see this October 2023 announcement: https://www.energy.gov/articles/biden-harris-administration-announces-30-million-clean-energy-funding-28-state-local-and For additional information on past program use, how EECBG funding was used to accelerate partners, and case studies, check out: http://www.usmayors.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/0227-report-eecbgsurvey.pdf No https://www.energy.gov/eere/wipo/energy-efficiency-and-conservation-block-grant-program
New - IIJA National Electric Vehicle Formula Program
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To deploy EV charging infrastructure and establish an interconnected network to facilitate data collection, access, and reliability. Department of Transportation (DOT), Department of Energy (DOE) Federal Highway Administration (FHA) Eligible projects include acquisition and installation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure; (2) proper operation and maintenance of electric vehicle charging infrastructure; and (3) data sharing about electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Projects may include electric vehicle charging infrastructure installed on any public road or in other publicly accessible locations. 20% cost share required $5,000,000,000 Varies by state N/A N/A Funding will be immediately available for State DOTs to obligate for eligible expenses upon the approval of their Plans by FHWA each year. By expanding access to public EV charging infrastructure, these programs aim to promote EV purchases and ownership and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. For community grants, projects in rural areas and low- and moderate-income neighborhoods and communities will be prioritized. Plans will need to be updated on an annual basis to reflect the State DOT funding Plans for that fiscal year. During the planning process, local governments can be actively engaged with State DOTs to reflect their needs and share good practices with other stakeholders. Check the 5-year NEVI funding by state here: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/bipartisan-infrastructure-law/evs_5year_nevi_funding_by_state.cfm Check all state plans here: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/nevi/ev_deployment_plans/ No https://afdc.energy.gov/laws/12744
New - IIJA National Highway Performance Program (NHPP)
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To support the condition and performance of the National Highway System (NHS), construction of facilities on the NHS, and progress toward targets established in States' NHS asset management plans. Recent updates aim to increase NHS resilience to sea level rise, extreme weather events, flooding and other natural disasters. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHA) NHPP funds may be used for a project on an "eligible facility"; that is a project, part of a program of projects, or an eligible activity supporting progress toward national performance goals for improving infrastructure condition, safety, congestion reduction, system reliability, or freight movement on the NHS. Projects must be identified in the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP)/Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and be consistent with the Long-Range Statewide Transportation Plan and the Metropolitan Transportation Plan(s). 20% cost share required; 10% for interstate projects $148,000,000,000 Varies by state N/A N/A NHPP funds are available for obligation for a period of 3 years after the last day of the FY for which the funds are authorized NHPP projects can help traffic flow more efficiently and reduce vehicle congestion, thereby reducing emissions. Applicants should prioritize projects that will repair existing roads (promote a state of good repair), decrease the need for private vehicles on the road and increase transit ridership, promote carpooling and ridesharing, and coordinate with regional transit-oriented development planning. Highway expansions should be avoided - research has shown that expanding highways induces additional demand and does little to mitigate overall traffic. Funds can also be used for community resilience to climate disasters, including natural infrastructure to mitigate the risk of recurring damage or the cost of future repair from extreme weather events, flooding, or other natural disasters. In order to effectively and equitably improve road performance, understand which communities lack reasonable and convenient access to transit and multi-modal options. This could include additional collaboration with frontline communities and other stakeholders to address both procedural and distributional equity concerns. The IIJA recently amended NHPP to provide for (1) the undergrounding of public utility infrastructure carried out in conjunction with a project otherwise eligible under this section; (2) resiliency improvements on the National Highway System, including protective features described in subsection (k)(2); and (3) the implementation of activities to protect segments of the National Highway System from cybersecurity threats. Applicants are encouraged to speak to these new priorities. From the State's NHPP apportionment, 2% is to be set aside for State Planning and Research (SPR). A new NHPP pilot program allows up to 10 states each year to determine the Federal share on a project, multiple-project, or program basis for eligible projects. No https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/specialfunding/nhpp/
New Ride and Drive Electric
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To address challenges to achieving an equitable clean transportation future. Anticipated topic areas include: 1) Enhancing EV Charging Resiliency, 2) Community-Driven EV Charging Deployment Benefits Planning, Implementation, and Tracking in Underserved Communities, 3) Workforce Development, 4) Increasing Commercial Capacity for Testing and Certification of High-Power EV Chargers, and 5) Validating High-Power EV Charger Real-World Performance and Reliability. Department of Energy (DOE) Joint Office of Energy and Tranportation (Joint Office) Eligible applicants include educational institutions, incorporated consortia, local government, Tribal governments, non-profits, private sector, states, and unincorporated consortia. TBA $51,000,000 $4,000,000 40 $100,000 August 25, 2023 For projects aiming to enhance EV charging resiliency, local governments may consider partnering with electric utilities to equip EV charging networks with on-site energy storage, microgrids, and portable power/charging services to ensure the continuity of EV charging services during intermittent power outage periods. To achieve equitable access and opportunity in electrification, local governments should proactively work with community-serving organizations and understand how to maximize benefits for underserved and disadvantaged communities related to the deployment of EV charging infrastructure. For workforce development projects, project teams should take proactive steps to encourage broader participation among Women, Black, Latino, Asian American Pacific, Indigenous, and other underrepresented groups in the development of those workforces. Prospective applicants should anticipate a concept paper phase for future solicitations in order to be eligible for full application consideration. See here for additional information on the federal government's commitment to electrified transportation: https://driveelectric.gov/ https://energycommunities.gov/funding-opportunity/joint-office-of-energy-and-transportation-ride-and-drive-electric-fiscal-year-2023-funding-opportunity-announcement/
Existing - IIJA Increase Surface Transportation Block Grant Program (STBGP)
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To provide flexible funding that can preserve and improve the conditions and performance on any Federal-aid highway, bridge and tunnel projects on any public road, pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, and transit capital projects, including intercity bus terminals. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHA) The Surface Transportation Block Grant Program is available for the roughly 1 million miles of Federal-aid highways, for bridges on any public road, and for transit capital projects. 20% cost share required; 10% cost share required for interstate projects $13,835,000,000 Varies by state Varies by state N/A N/A Surface transportation projects can help traffic move more efficiently, reduce traffic congestion, and reduce carbon emissions. Applicants should consider how surface highway projects, specifically, can reduce the number of vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and encourage public transit. Surface transportation projects can target deficient infrastructure in underserved communities, providing local jobs in the process. N/A N/A No https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/bipartisan-infrastructure-law/stbg.cfm
Existing - Constant Volkswagen (VW) Settlement Mitigation Funding
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To support cleaner and/or electric vehicles (trucks, buses, light duty vehicles, etc.) and charging infrastructure that reduce NOx emissions consistent with each state's beneficiary mitigation plan. This funding comes from EPA's 2016 settlement for $14.7 billion with Volkswagen, a portion of which is allocated directly to states to distribute. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Enforcement Varies by state Not required Varies by state, but total mitigation trust amounts to $2,900,000,000 Up to 100% of a project for governmental entities Varies by state Varies by state Varies by state Funding may be used to support the scrapping of older vehicles as defined, the replacement of an existing engine (repowering), or the purchasing of new diesel or alternate fueled (CNG, propane, hybrid, etc.) engines and vehicles. Consider prioritizing the replacement of aging, less efficient vehicles in your bus or truck fleet. Electric vehicle supply equipment/ charging infrastructure associated with new all-electric vehicles and fuel cell vehicles is eligible as well. School and other transit buses could serve as both grid and resilience assets (both during and after their operating life) because of the predictability of their operations combined with significant downtime. Such buses could include vehicle-to-grid technology allowing them to support the regional electricity system by storing and injecting energy into the power grid when not in use. Local governments and communities should carefully consider the environmental justice implications of electric vehicle deployment and use, including which bus routes are electrified and where charging infrastructure is located. Interested applicants should check with their state to understand the phases and schedules of implementation. Each state is at a different point of implementation consistent with their beneficiary mitigation plan. The full list of eligible projects can be found here: https://www.vwcourtsettlement.com/wp-content/uploads/documents/DOJ/Approved%20Appendix%20D-2.pdf The percentage of each project that can be funded through the Trust are categorized into two different rates: government-owned and non-government owned. Governments can fund up to 100% of a project through the trust, whereas non-government entities can fund up to 75% of a project, depending on the category and type of engine replacement (diesel, alternate fuel, all- electric, etc). A “government” is defined in the Settlement as “a state or local government agency (including a school district, municipality, city, county, special district, transit district, joint powers authority, or port authority)... and a tribal government or native village.” No https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/DEEP/air/mobile/VW/20190313ModifiedStateBeneficiaryTrustAgreementeffectiveApril122019pdf.pdf
  • To provide a tax credit for installing qualified vehicle refueling and recharging property in your home or business.
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  • To provide a tax credit for businesses and tax-exempt organizations that buy a qualified commercial clean vehicle.
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  • To reduce transportation emissions via alternative fueling infrastructure, efficiency, electrification, and other planning strategies.
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  • As part of the Electric Vehicle Charging and Refueling Infrastructure Program at least 50% of this funding must be used for a community grant program "Community Charging" where priority is given to projects that expand access to EV charging and alternative fueling infrastructure within rural areas, low- and moderate-income neighborhoods, and communities with a low ratio of private parking spaces.
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  • To strategically deploy publicly accessible electric vehicle charging infrastructure and other alternative fueling infrastructure along designated alternative fuel corridors.
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  • To support the adoption and deployment of zero-emission Class 6 or Class 7 heavy-duty vehicles.
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  • To support the purchase and installation of zero-emission equipment and technology at ports, and the development of port climate action plans, with a focus on ports in nonattainment areas.
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  • To support most low-carbon transportation modes including public transit, active transportation, electrification, and port and freight pollution mitigation.
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  • To achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions and exposure, particularly from fleets operating in areas designated by the Administrator as poor air quality areas.
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  • To directly invest in projects that develop, promote, implement, and manage energy efficiency and conservation, including clean energy.
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  • To directly invest in or provide technical assistance vouchers for projects that develop, promote, implement, and manage energy efficiency and conservation, including clean energy.
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  • To deploy EV charging infrastructure and establish an interconnected network to facilitate data collection, access, and reliability.
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  • To support the condition and performance of the National Highway System (NHS), construction of facilities on the NHS, and progress toward targets established in States' NHS asset management plans. Recent updates aim to increase NHS resilience to sea level rise, extreme weather events, flooding and other natural disasters.
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  • To address challenges to achieving an equitable clean transportation future. Anticipated topic areas include: 1) Enhancing EV Charging Resiliency, 2) Community-Driven EV Charging Deployment Benefits Planning, Implementation, and Tracking in Underserved Communities, 3) Workforce Development, 4) Increasing Commercial Capacity for Testing and Certification of High-Power EV Chargers, and 5) Validating High-Power EV Charger Real-World Performance and Reliability.
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  • To provide flexible funding that can preserve and improve the conditions and performance on any Federal-aid highway, bridge and tunnel projects on any public road, pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, and transit capital projects, including intercity bus terminals.
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  • To support cleaner and/or electric vehicles (trucks, buses, light duty vehicles, etc.) and charging infrastructure that reduce NOx emissions consistent with each state's beneficiary mitigation plan. This funding comes from EPA's 2016 settlement for $14.7 billion with Volkswagen, a portion of which is allocated directly to states to distribute.
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