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Governmental Alternative Fuel Fleet (GAFF) Grant Program

Grants to Texas Agencies, Schools Districts, and For-Profit Transportation
Providers in Eligible Areas for the Purchase of Low-Emission Vehicles

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) - Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP)

Conf. Date:

05/12/21

Deadline Date:

06/15/21 12:00 AM Central Time

Description:

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Grants to Texas state and county agencies, municipalities, school districts, river authorities, special districts, and for-profit transportation providers in eligible locations to promote the purchase of vehicles that use alternative fuels. Funding is intended to lease or buy new vehicles that operate primarily on compressed natural gas, liquified natural gas, liquified petroleum gas (propane), hydrogen fuel cells, or electricity. Grants will be made available statewide, but priority will be given to projects in or near a Nonattainment Area or in an Affected County.

Up to 10% of awarded funds may be granted for the purchase, lease, or installation of refueling infrastructure or equipment, or refueling services in conjunction with an eligible vehicle purchase or lease.

Eligible activities under this solicitation include the:

  1. Purchase or lease of a new motor vehicle that is originally manufactured to operate using one or more alternative fuels or is converted to operate using one or more alternative fuels before the first retail sale of the vehicle; and
  2. Purchase, lease, or installation of refueling infrastructure or equipment or the procurement of refueling services for those vehicles. 

Applicants must prioritize the following activities when using grant funds.

  1. The purchase or lease of new motor vehicles, including new motor vehicles that are converted to operate on alternative fuel, when replacing vehicles or adding vehicles to the fleet.
  2. The purchase of new motor vehicles, including new motor vehicles that are converted to operate on alternative fuel, to replace vehicles that have the highest total mileage and do not use alternative fuel.
  3. To the extent feasible, obtaining, whether by purchase, purchase, and conversion, or lease, motor vehicles that use CNG, LNG, or LPG.

For additional requirements, see: https://www.tceq.texas.gov/assets/public/implementation/air/terp/GAFF/FY21-gaff-rfga-final.pdf#page=6

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 195629

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant amounts per vehicle are provided below by vehicle class:
- Class 1 vehicles: $15,000
- Class 2-3 vehicles: $20,000
- Class 4-6 vehicles: $35,000
- Class 7-8 vehicles: $70,000

Term of Contract:

The grantee must complete all activities by April 22, 2023, and submit the final proof of purchase documentation to the TCEQ no later than 45 days after this date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

State agencies, counties, municipalities, school districts, junior college districts, river authorities, water or other special districts, or other political subdivisions that operate a fleet of more than 15 motor vehicles are eligible to apply.

Eligible applicants also include a commercial mass transit or school transportation provider that operates on behalf of a school district or county transportation system.

Priority will be given to projects in or near a Nonattainment Area or in an Affected County:

Nonattainment Areas:
• Dallas-Fort Worth Area: Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Henderson, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant, and Wise Counties
• El Paso Area: El Paso County
• Houston-Galveston-Brazoria Area: Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, and Waller Counties
• San Antonio Area: Bexar County

Affected Counties: Bastrop, Caldwell, Comal, Ellis, Gregg, Guadalupe, Harrison, Hays, Henderson, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Nueces, Parker, Rockwall, Rusk, San Patricio, Smith,
Travis, Upshur, Williamson, and Wilson Counties.

Businesses or other entities in which a TCEQ employee, spouse, or family member of a TCEQ employee has a direct or indirect interest, financial or otherwise, may be prohibited from receiving a grant, depending upon the nature of the interest.

Grants will not be awarded to third-party entities to pass on to the owners or operators of the vehicles or equipment.

Ineligible Costs:
- Any fees charged by a consultant are the responsibility of the applicant or the vendor and may not be charged to the grant.
- Administrative costs and other internal costs to the grantee, including but not limited to personnel expenses, internal salaries, indirect costs, and travel are not eligible.
- The purchase of land or an interest in land.
- Site improvements, construction and buildings, and other costs not directly associated with the purchase and installation of the equipment may not be included.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Webinar: Governmental Alternative Fuel Fleet (GAFF) Grant Program
Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Time: 1:00 pm CDT

The webinar will be free and open to the public. RSVP to terp@tceq.texas.gov to receive instructions for joining the webinar. Meeting link will be sent to participants via email on the day of the webinar.
A demonstration for completing the grant application will follow the general presentation.

More information can be found here: https://www.tceq.texas.gov/airquality/terp/terp_mtgs.html

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to submit applications is 12:00 AM, CT, on June 15, 2021.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online: https://www3.tceq.texas.gov/steers/

Or email application to TERPapply@tceq.texas.gov.

O submit via Regular Post Delivery:
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Air Grants Division
GAFF, MC-204
P.O. Box 13087
Austin, TX 78711-3087

Or submit via Express Delivery:
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Air Grants Division
GAFF, MC-204
12100 Park 35 Circle
Building F, 1st Floor, Room 1301
Austin, TX 78753

Direct questions to the email address above or call 1-800-919-TERP (8377)

Grant Coverage Areas:

Funding or Pin Number:

No. 582-21-22544

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Texas

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