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Second Block Grant for Light-Duty Electric Vehicle Charger Incentive Projects

Grants to California Nonprofits to Manage
an Incentive Program Related to Electric Vehicles

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California Energy Commission (CEC)

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06/17/21 5:00 PM


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Grants to California nonprofit organizations to design, implement, and manage programs related to light-duty electric vehicle charger incentives. Funding is intended to support all stages of the incentive project including planning, developing, executing, and closing. In addition, grantees should develop outreach and advertising plans to reach targeted markets.

The overarching goal of the Clean Transportation Program is to:

  • Reduce California’s use and dependence on petroleum transportation fuels and increase the use of alternative and renewable fuels and advanced vehicle technologies.
  • Produce sustainable alternative and renewable low-carbon fuels in California.
  • Expand alternative fueling infrastructure and fueling stations.
  • Improve the efficiency, performance, and market viability of alternative light-, medium-, and heavy-duty vehicle technologies.
  • Retrofit medium- and heavy-duty on-road and non-road vehicle fleets to alternative technologies or fuel use.
  • Expand the alternative fueling infrastructure available to existing fleets, public transit, and transportation corridors.
  • Establish workforce training programs and conduct public outreach on the benefits of alternative transportation fuels and vehicle technologies.

The block grant implementers, in consultation with the CEC, will be responsible for identifying and implementing light-duty EV charger incentive projects.  For information about project requirements, begin on Page 12 of the Solicitation Manual in Supporting Documents, below.

Costs incurred must be for one or more of the following: 1) light-duty EV charger incentives; 2) eligible administrative costs incurred to develop and implement projects to provide incentives for light-duty EV chargers, or 3) eligible start-up costs requested and incurred by the Applicant. For additional information about eligible project costs, see Page 18 of the Manual in Supporting Documents, below.

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GrantWatch ID#: 195411

Number of Grants:

The CEC expects to award two block grant implementers under this solicitation.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $1 million is available for start-up costs. Any unused start-up costs shall be used for incentive funds disbursed to eligible third parties for EV chargers.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This solicitation is open to all not-for-profit technology entities with a physical office in California. For the purposes of this solicitation, a not-for-profit technology entity is defined as an entity filing as and operating under the Internal Revenue Service’s requirement of a 501(c)(3) corporation and organized to advanced transportation technologies.

The Applicant does not need to have its company headquarters in California, but it must have at least one existing physical office within the State of California.

For information about unallowable costs, see Page 21 of the Manual in Supporting Documents, below.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A pre-application workshop will be held on April 21, 2021, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM.

To join this workshop, go to Zoom at

Webinar ID: 929 2666 8111
Webinar Password: CEC@2021

Telephone Access Only:
Call (888) 853-5257 or (888) 475-4499 (toll-free).

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Pre-Application Information:

- Solicitation Release: April 05, 2021
- Pre-Application Workshop: April 21, 2021
- Deadline for Written Questions: April 28, 2021
- Anticipated Distribution of Questions/Answers: May 14, 2021
- Deadline to Submit Applications by 5:00 p.m.: June 17, 2021
- Anticipated Notice of Proposed Awards Posting: August 2021
- Anticipated CEC Business Meeting: November 2021

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

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Or mail applications to:
California Energy Commission
Contracts, Grants & Loans Office
Attn: GFO-20-607
1516 Ninth Street, MS-18
Sacramento, California 95814

Doug Harvey, Commission Agreement Officer
Telephone: (916) 827-8326
FAX: (916) 654-4076

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