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Blueprints for Medium - and Heavy-Duty Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure

Grants to California Public and Private Entities for
Planning Environmentally-Friendly Vehicle Initiatives

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California Energy Commission (CEC) - Clean Transportation Program

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Deadline Date:

09/17/20 5:00 PM


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Grants to California private and public entities to plan new or expanded projects that will promote environmentally-friendly vehicle use. Funding is intended to help identify refueling and charging needs for environmentally-safer vehicles and to help transition fleets of vehicles into zero-emission vehicles and infrastructure. Underrepresented groups including disabled veteran-, women-, minority-, and LGBT-owned businesses are encouraged to apply.

The grant will fund planning “blueprints” that will identify actions and milestones needed for implementation of medium- and heavy-duty (MD/HD) zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) and the related electric charging and/or hydrogen refueling infrastructure. The purpose of this solicitation is to accelerate the deployment of MD/HD ZEVs and ZEV infrastructure with a holistic and futuristic view of transportation planning. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 191200

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Estimated Size of Grant:

All projects are eligible for up to 100% of the total project costs or $200,000, whichever is less.

A minimum of $1 million of total funds available under this solicitation will be set aside for public entities.

Term of Contract:

All work must be scheduled for completion by no later than March 30, 2027.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible: This solicitation is open to all public and private entities. Public entities include but are not limited to public transit agencies, public transit operators, CA ports, and railyards.

Eligible entities must have a role in the development, planning, permitting, or oversight of the planned MD/HD ZEVs and/or ZEV infrastructure.

Applicants are encouraged to involve local city or county government authorities, nonprofit entities, community-based organizations, environmental organizations, local workforce development agencies, building developers, technology vendors, utilities, researchers, local community colleges, and financiers throughout the application process.

Costs incurred prior to executing an agreement will not be reimbursed by the CEC.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Pre-Application Workshop:
July 28, 2020 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

There will be one Pre-Application Workshop. Participation in this workshop is optional but encouraged. Please call (916) 654-4381 or refer to to confirm the date and time.

Remote access is available by computer or phone via Zoom.

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Pre-Application Information:

Solicitation Release: July 14, 2020
Pre-Application Workshop: July 28, 2020
Deadline for Written Questions: August 7, 2020
Anticipated Distribution of Questions/Answers: August 21, 2020
Deadline to Submit Applications by 5:00 p.m.: September 17, 2020
Anticipated Notice of Proposed Awards Posting: October 2020
Anticipated CEC Business Meeting: December 2020

Public entities must be the primary applicant to be eligible for the set-aside award funding. The set-aside public funds will be awarded first until all set-aside funding has been exhausted. The remaining funds will then be allocated to the next overall highest scoring application(s), regardless of public or private entity status, in ranked order until all funds available under the solicitation are exhausted. The CEC, at its own discretion, reserves the right to increase or decrease the public entity set-aside.

Applicants may submit multiple applications under this solicitation.

All corporations, limited liability companies (LLCs), limited partnerships (LPs) and limited liability partnerships (LLPs) that conduct intrastate business in California are required to be registered and in good standing with the California Secretary of State prior to its project being recommended for approval at a CEC Business Meeting. If not currently registered with the California Secretary of State, Applicants are encouraged to contact the Secretary of State’s Office as soon as possible to avoid potential delays in beginning the proposed project(s) (should the application be successful). For more information, contact the Secretary of State’s Office via its website at Sole proprietors using a fictitious business name must be registered with the appropriate county and provide evidence of registration to the CEC prior to their project being recommended for approval at a CEC Business Meeting.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Doug Harvey, Commission Agreement Officer
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-18
Sacramento, California 95814

Telephone: (916) 654-4747
Fax: (916) 654-4076

Funding or Pin Number:

Solicitation number: GFO-20-601

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California

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