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Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program (AFIG)

Grants to Pennsylvania Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies
and School Districts to Promote Alternative Fuel Vehicles

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Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Office of Pollution Prevention and Energy Assistance

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12/15/17 4:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to Pennsylvania nonprofits, for-profits, government agencies, and school districts to purchase and promote alternative fuel vehicles. The purpose of this grant is to reduce the consumption of imported oil and improve air quality by promoting the use of domestic alternative fuels that will help the state's economy and the environment.

DEP is seeking applications for innovative, advanced fuel and vehicle technology projects resulting in cleaner advanced alternative transportation within this Commonwealth.

Approximately $5 million in grants will be available for school districts, municipal authorities, political subdivisions, nonprofit entities, corporations, limited liability companies or partnerships incorporated or registered in the Commonwealth to support:

-50% of incremental cost expenses relative to retrofitting vehicles to operate on alternative fuels as a bi-fuel, dual-fuel, hybrid or dedicated vehicle.
-50% of incremental cost expenses to purchase bi-fuel, dual-fuel, hybrid or dedicated vehicles.
-The cost to purchase and install the necessary fleet refueling or home-refueling equipment for bi-fuel, dual-fuel, hybrid or dedicated vehicles.
-The cost to perform research, training, development, and demonstration of new applications or next-phase technology related to alternative fuel vehicles.

Eligible Project Categories

Vehicle Retrofit or Purchase Project:

-New Vehicle Purchase - The incremental cost of purchase of new alternative fuel vehicles (any type or size).
-Vehicle Retrofit - The incremental cost to retrofit new or existing vehicles to operate on alternative fuels (any type or size).

Alternative Fuel Refueling Infrastructure Projects:

-Fleet Refueling - The cost for the purchase of installation of refueling equipment servicing, at a minimum, one fleet of alternative fuel vehicles with a GVWR less than 26,000 lbs.
-Workplace, Home, or Intermediary Refueling Projects - The cost to purchase and install refueling equipment at a vehicle’s or vehicles’ home location servicing only vehicles with a GVWR less than 10,000 lbs.

Innovative Technology Projects:

-Projects that include research, training, development, and demonstration of new applications or next phase technology related to alternative transportation fuels and alternative fuel vehicles.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 170522

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Vehicle Retrofit and/or Purchase Projects: Any AFIG application seeking funding to support the incremental cost to purchase alternative fuel vehicles or convert vehicles to utilize alternative fuels will be capped at $300,000. No individual vehicle may receive more than $20,000.

An applicant may receive no more than 10 percent or $600,000 or the money available under this grant program in any fiscal/calendar year.

Term of Contract:

Vehicle Retrofit and/or Purchase Projects: Vehicles supported with an incremental cost grant must be purchased or converted after January 1, 2017. Deposits to hold/order vehicles or deposits for retrofit work may occur prior to this date. Vehicles must be purchased or converted within 12 months of the grant award date.

Alternative Fuel Refueling Infrastructure Projects: The scope of the work proposed in the application to be supported with grant funds must be completed within 24 months of the grant award date.

Innovative Technology Projects: The scope of work to be supported must be completed within 24 months of the grant award date.

Applicants cannot receive funding in consecutive fiscal/calendar years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
-School districts
-Municipal authorities
-Political subdivisions
-Incorporated nonprofit entities
-Limited liability companies or partnerships

Activities funded must be conducted in Pennsylvania.

Vehicles funded must be registered in Pennsylvania, and remain registered in Pennsylvania for no less than two years after project completion.

For vehicle purchase or conversion projects, vehicles cannot have been purchased, delivered or converted prior to January 1, 2017. Deposits to hold/order vehicles are excluded from this requirement.

Any applicant that was an AFIG grant recipient from the 2016 AFIG grant program will not be considered for funding this solicitation period.

Pre-Application Information:

All Innovative Technology Projects must include at least a 50 percent cost share.

For each specific project type described above, please see the individual requirements section in the guidelines (attached below) to obtain detailed information.

Instead of one deadline for acceptance of applications for the year, AFIG now has multiple submission periods during which prospective applicants may submit applications for consideration. AFIG will accept applications at any time during the year (until December 15th) and evaluate the applications received after each submission period and determine awards.

Applications received during a submission period which do not receive an award will be able to resubmit the project application immediately for consideration during the next submission period in accordance with the program rules.

The application period will open on May 26, 2017 and remain open throughout 2017. DEP will collect and review Applications received by 4:00 PM on Friday, July 14, 2017 and 4:00 PM on Friday, December 15, 2017.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Applications will be only accepted online through the eGrants system. Visit (click on "Find a Grant." scroll down to "AFIG" and click "Apply for this grant").

For Bradford, Butler, Carbon, Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, Lackawanna, Lawrence, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Monroe Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Pike, Potter, Schuylkill, Snyder, Susquehanna, Sullivan, Tioga, Union, Venango, Warren, Wayne, and Wyoming Counties:

Michele Ferguson


Josh Dziubek

For Adams, Allegheny, Armstrong, Bedford, Beaver, Berks, Blair, Bucks, Cambria, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Mifflin, Montgomery, Perry, Philadelphia, Somerset, Washington, Westmoreland and York Counties:

Mark Hand


Walt Dinda 717-783-8411

For multiple location/statewide project inquiries, please contact:

Josh Dziubek

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