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Charge Ahead Colorado

Grants to Colorado Nonprofits, Businesses, Schools, and
Agencies to Support Electric Vehicles and Equipment

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC) and Colorado Energy Office (CEO)

Deadline Date:

02/15/18 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grants to Colorado nonprofits, businesses, schools, and agencies to provide support for the purchase of electric vehicles (EV) and equipment. Funding is intended to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles and provide public charging points, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions and harmful air pollutants.

The goals of the Charge Ahead Colorado program are to:
1. Promote the transformation of the region’s transportation system by incentivizing the development of geographically dispersed electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) charging infrastructure;
2. Reduce harmful air pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions;
3. Gather data on EV usage. The application of this data is pertinent to air quality, climate action planning, sustainability, etc.
4. Advance fleet sustainability; and
5. Promotion of the State of Colorado’s Greening Government initiatives.

A successful applicant must address how their project achieves two or more of these goals within their application.

The Charge Ahead Colorado Grant Application serves applicants applying for both RAQC and CEO funding.

Funding priority for RAQC:
Priority is directed to those organizations that are excluded from existing state tax credits and incentives. For both EVSE and EV funding, eligible applications include local governments, school districts, State agencies, and non-profit agencies. Apartment/condominium complexes and businesses that own multi-vehicle parking facilities for fleet, public or guest/visitor are also eligible for EVSE funding.

Funding priority for CEO:
Funding is directed to private non-profit or for-profit corporations, state agencies, federal agencies, public universities, and public transit agencies, in addition to local governments, landlords of multi-family apartment buildings and homeowner associations (as defined more specifically in C.R.S. Article 33.3 of title 38).

Eligible Costs
Eligible costs are limited to the vehicle costs, EVSE, construction materials, permitting, and construction labor costs associated with the equipment purchase and installation of Level II or Level III (i.e., DC Fast Charging) EV charging units (Level I EVSE is not an eligible project). In most cases, new transformers, breaker boxes, and electrical panels and/or upgrades to existing transformers, breaker boxes, and electrical panels are not eligible for funding.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181029

Estimated Size of Grant:

1. EV Funding Available

RAQC will fund 80% of the incremental cost differential between an EV and the comparable gasoline vehicle up to $8,260.

CEO is not funding EVs.

2. EVSE Funding Available

RAQC and CEO will fund 80% of the cost of an EVSE up to the following set maximums:

Level II, Single Port Station: up to $3,260
Level II, Multi-Port Station: up to $6,260
Level III, Single Connection Standard Station: up to $13,000
Level III, Multiple Connection Standard Station: up to $16,000
EV/ PHEV: up to $8,260

Term of Contract:

Project funding will remain available for 4 months. If no progress has been made implementing the project within 4 months, the Evaluation Committee will determine if the project is still viable. An extension of 3 months may be provided by the Evaluation Committee if the applicant demonstrates that the project can be implemented in the extension timeline. An extension is not guaranteed under any circumstance.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

1. RAQC Funding Requirements: Projects applying for RAQC funding must be located in the Denver Metropolitan Area of Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, Jefferson or parts of Weld County.

2. CEO Funding Requirements: Projects applying for CEO funding must be located within any other county in the State of Colorado except those that are covered by RAQC funding.

EV Applicants
Eligible applicants include only those organizations that are excluded from the Colorado state tax credit. Only applicants within the Denver metro area (Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, Jefferson and parts of Weld County) are eligible for electric vehicles. The RAQC also administers EV funding for the following Zip Codes in Weld County: 80504, 80513, 80601, 80603, 80621, 80623, 80642, and 80651. Applicants are prioritized in order as local governments, school districts, state/federal agencies, non-profit educational institutions and other non-profit agencies. CEO cannot fund EVs.

EVSE Applicants
Eligible applicants include public, private and non-profit organizations. Eligible applicants include local governments, school districts, state/federal agencies, non-profits, apartment/condominium complexes and businesses that own multi-vehicle parking facilities for fleet, public, employee or guest/visitor parking. No priority is given based on organization type.

Workplaces are highly encouraged to apply. According to research by the Department of Energy, workplace charging is often a determining factor in an individual’s choice to drive electric. Participating workplaces will also be eligible for honorable distinction and award through Colorado’s EV Wired Workplaces program.

CEO can only fund local governments, state agencies, federal agencies, public universities, public transit agencies, private nonprofit or for-profit corporations, landlords of multi-family apartment buildings, and home owner associations (as defined more specifically in C.R.S Article 33.3 of Title 38). CEO limitations apply outside the seven-county Denver metro area. RAQC can fund all public, private, and non-profit organizations.

Projects implemented prior to receiving an award AND confirmation to proceed given by the awarding agency (RAQC or CEO) are not eligible for funding. Repeat applicants are eligible for additional funding for new projects.

EVSE must be purchased and not leased or financed to be eligible for funding. Manufacturers of EVs and EVSE units are not eligible to apply for grant funding.

In most cases, new transformers, breaker boxes, and electrical panels and/or upgrades to existing transformers, breaker boxes, and electrical panels are not eligible for funding.

See the Guidelines pdf in Supporting Documents below for more detailed eligiblity information.

Pre-Application Information:

The next funding round will be available October 2 to October 31, 2017, at 5:00 PM.

Following that, an application round will take place from January 15 through February 15, 2018.

The applicant must provide a minimum of 20% matching funds or cash match for each EV and/or EVSE. These matching funds cannot be direct or indirect federal funds. For electric vehicles, please note that the RAQC is paying 80% of the incremental cost between an EV and its comparable conventionally fueled vehicle.

Only the remaining 20% of this incremental cost (i.e. not the full base vehicle cost) can be used as match for vehicle requests. Any tax an applicant pays may not be used as match. For any questions on EV and EVSE match, please contact the RAQC. For CEO funding, if a location is especially advantageous for support of the electric vehicle market but other revenues are not and will not foreseeably be available to defray the costs of installation, CEO may grant the full cost of installation.

Procurement of any goods or services prior to the execution of a purchase order with the awarding agency will not be eligible for grant funding or project match. Applicants must provide researched estimates in the application. After award, successful applicants must provide information on their organization’s procurement processes. At a minimum, successful applicants will be asked to run a competitive procurement process. Do not run your procurement process prior to approval. Successful applicants will be provided with additional information on procurement.

Pre-application video: https://raqc.egnyte.com/dl/Cs7ZrwAS0z/2017-09-26_10.05_Charge_Ahead_Pre-Application_Webinar.mp4_

Contact Information:

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

Apply online: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1714065/ChargeAheadApplication

For RAQC funding:
Matt Mines
mmines@raqc.org
303.629.5450x210

For CEO funding:
Zach Owens
zachary.owens@state.co.us
303.866.3279

Regional Air Quality Council
1445 Market Street, Suite 260
Denver, CO 80202

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USA: Colorado