Tennessee Natural Gas and Propane Vehicle Grant Program

Grants to Tennessee Nonprofits, For-Profits, IHEs,
and Agencies to Purchase Alternative Fuel Vehicles

GrantWatch ID#: 177033
Agency Type:


Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) - Office of Energy Programs OEP)

12/16/16 8:00 PM CST

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Grants of up to $25,000 per vehicle to Tennessee nonprofits, for-profits, IHEs, and public agencies to defray the cost of new medium to heavy-duty vehicles that are powered by propane or natural gas. Applicants may request funding for at least three new vehicles. To qualify, the vehicles must be purchased new, from an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) or OEM-authorized dealer.

The vehicles purchased must be fully equipped by the manufacturer or by a third party at the direction of the manufacturer to operate on an alternative fuel prior to the initial purchase and registration of the vehicle.

Vehicles must be registered within the State of Tennessee, unless the vehicle is to receive International Registration Plan (IRP) apportioned registration. In the case of the latter, the entity applying for a grant must submit a letter, certifying the percentage of time that the vehicle is expected to operate within the State of Tennessee.

Eligible vehicles include dedicated compressed natural gas vehicles, dedicated liquefied natural gas vehicles, and dedicated propane-powered vehicles.

Vehicles must be classified as “medium-duty” or “heavy-duty,” and must therefore have a gross vehicle weight rating of at least 14,000 pounds. Examples of “medium-duty” vehicles that would be considered eligible are shuttle buses, delivery trucks, and some bucket trucks. Examples of “heavy-duty” vehicles that would be considered eligible are school buses, tractor trailers, and waste collection vehicles.


Each grant will provide up to 50% of the incremental purchase cost of eligible vehicles, with a maximum grant of $25,000 for each eligible vehicle.

The maximum amount that may be awarded to a grantee shall not exceed $250,000.

The Grantee will have 18 months from the effective date of the project contract to complete the project.

Public, nonprofit, and private fleets shall be eligible to receive grant funding.

Examples of eligible applicants include, but are not limited to, municipal or county governments, state government agencies, higher education institutions, other educational institutions, utility districts, nonprofit organizations, and for-profit organizations.

The grantee must maintain operations in Tennessee for no less than six years.

Each grant will provide up to 50% of the incremental purchase cost of eligible vehicles.

Applications must be received by 8:00 PM CST on December 16, 2016.

Acceptable delivery methods include: mail, express delivery service, hand delivery, or email.

Awards are expected to be announced by January 16, 2017, and the expected timeframe for award negotiations will be March 2017.

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

Alexa Voytek, Program Manager

Hard copies of the application should be mailed to:

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation
The Office of Energy Programs
Tennessee Natural Gas and Propane Vehicle Grant Program
C/o Alexa Voytek
William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower
312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, 2nd Floor
Nashville, TN 37243

Digital applications should be emailed to:

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