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Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Program (AFIP)

Grants to Maryland Businesses to Provide
Alternative Fuel Refilling or Charging Stations

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Maryland Energy Administration (MEA)

Deadline Date:

02/01/18 5:00 PM EST Receipt

Description:

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Grants to Maryland businesses to support the development of alternative fuel charging and refilling stations for public use. Eligible projects include proper refueling stations, ethanol refueling stations, hydrogen refueling stations, natural gas refueling stations that utilize fast fill dispensers, and DC Fast Charging stations.

Establishing an adequate refilling/charging infrastructure is necessary to address one of the prime concerns influencing consumer purchase and use of alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs), “range anxiety.” Range anxiety describes a condition in which the consumer is hesitant to buy an AFV due to concerns about being stranded without access to refilling/charging infrastructure or being unable to complete a trip given the constraints of the vehicle. This is a particular concern with alternative transportation fuels requiring a discrete refueling infrastructure. The AFIP is designed to help alleviate this concern.​

Moreover, natural gas, propane, ethanol and hydrogen vehicles need dedicated pumping stations. Although efforts have been made to provide charging to electric vehicles (EVs) through Level 1 and Level 2 charging stations, charging time can often take several hours. As such, these efforts need to be complemented by additional DC Fast Chargers, which can provide a full charge in a shorter time. This technology neutral grant program is intended to alleviate these range anxiety concerns by increasing the number of alternative fuel refilling/charging stations across the state. These stations will be needed to facilitate travel to and through the State and enable the flow of people and goods throughout the region.

To be eligible for grant award, a proposed project must be for siting AFV refueling infrastructure at a new or existing station and must be open to the general public. All stations and equipment must comply with all applicable local permitting and State building, environmental and fire codes. Technology-specific requirements for a proposed project are specified in the guidelines (attached below).

Compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act/Accessibility
Stations installed under this grant are public accommodations and must be accessible to all drivers. Each successful applicant must demonstrate that the installation will meet the accessibility standards outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Commitment to Operations and Maintenance:
In order to ensure that the installed equipment remains in good working order, each successful applicant must submit an operations and maintenance plan/schedule as part of the application. The original owner, as well as any successors, will be responsible for complying with the operations and maintenance plan throughout the duration of the equipment’s use at the site as described in Program Time Line below.

Signage:
While federal highway signs have been developed for AFV refilling/charging, wayfinding and site-specific signs are at the discretion of the jurisdiction or property owner. In order to enable AFV drivers to locate and identify refueling/recharging sites, wayfinding and site signage is required for each AFV fueling/charging station location funded through this program. Each application must include a plan for installing signage approved by the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) and its modal agencies (e.g. State Highway Administration (SHA) and Maryland Transportation Authority (MTA), as appropriate).

Eligible Costs:

Eligible costs under this grant program include those costs directly attributable to the site design, equipment installation, labor, site preparation, upgrade for utility connections, signage and equipment necessary to implement and operate the proposed AFV publicly accessible refilling/charging station. In addition, installation of equipment for the on-site production and dispensing of hydrogen fuel will be considered an eligible cost.

Only costs incurred after the Program Announcement shall be eligible for funding.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177351

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$1,500,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum Grant Award Cap per Station:
-Propane: $100,000
-Ethanol: $35,000
-DC Fast Charger: $55,000
-Natural Gas: $500,000
-Hydrogen: $300,000

Term of Contract:

Projects initiative can begin following the execution of a grant agreement on May 10, 2018.

The project construction period ends October 1, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only businesses are eligible to apply to the Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Program. Each business must be in good standing with the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation.

Regulated utilities, local governments, and state government agencies are not eligible for funding under this program.

Eligible projects must be sited within Maryland, have a fixed location and must be open to the public twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

Projects must utilize commercially available technologies. Grants will not be awarded to fund research or demonstration projects.

Where applicable, expenses associated with any “private access only” component of a project are ineligible for grant funding and shall not be included in the cost share calculation for this program.

Costs incurred prior to Program Announcement are not eligible for funding and will not be reimbursed. Costs incurred after the Program Announcement but prior to execution of the grant agreement are made at the applicant’s risk and might not be reimbursable.

Ineligible costs include mobile refueling equipment, the purchase of fuels to stock the fueling station, and any ongoing equipment and site maintenance costs.

Expenses associated with any “private access only” component of a project shall not be included in the cost share calculation for this program.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are now being accepted, September 1, 2017 through February 1, 2018. Completed applications must be received at MEA no later than February 1, 2018 at 5:00 PM EST.

Each applicant’s cost share is required to be at least 50% of the total project cost. A larger applicant cost share will be evaluated more favorably.

Program Timeline:
-September 1, 2017: Grant Program announced and posted to MEA website
-February 1, 2018: Applications must be received at MEA by 5:00 PM EST. Confirmation will be sent to each applicant verifying receipt of application.
-February/March 2018: Evaluation of grant applications.
-April 2018: Notification of grant award or denial will be made to all applicants.
-April 2018: Grant agreements sent to grantees that received award notifications.
-May 10, 2018: Executed grant agreements must be received by MEA. Project initiation can begin following execution of grant agreement by both parties.
-July 15, 2018: First monthly report is due from each grantee. Reporting will continue quarterly through the end of the 5-year grant period.
-Ongoing: Quarterly reporting continues through October 2024
-October 1, 2019: Project construction period ends. All invoices must be submitted to MEA for reimbursement.
-October 1, 2024: Final report due to MEA.

Contact Information:

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

Mike Jones​, Contact Program Manager
Michael.Jones1@maryland.gov

Maryland Energy Administration
1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 755
Baltimore, MD 21230

P: 410-537-4071
F: 410-537-4096

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland