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Grants to Washington, DC For-Hire Vehicle Companies to
Manage and Upgrade Electric Charging Stations for Taxis

Charge Me Up

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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District of Columbia Department of For-Hire Vehicles (DFHV)

Conf. Date:

01/05/22

Deadline Date:

01/17/22 Midnight PT

Description:

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Grants to Washington, DC for-hire vehicle companies to maintain, manage, and upgrade electric charging stations for taxis. Funding is intended to promote the use of for-hire electric vehicles and thereby help to reduce the local carbon footprint. Grant funds must be used for a reinstallation project and any available funding remaining from the installation may be used for operational, marketing, advertising, and training purposes. Thus, applicant business plans must include how their company will develop a detailed budget linking funds to a sustainability plan.

The Government of the District of Columbia, Department of For-Hire Vehicles (“DFHV”), is soliciting applications from the for-hire vehicle companies with current DFHV business certifications and operating authority to participate in innovative projects and partnership programs aimed at improving transportation equity, economic development opportunities, and solving industry problems within the for-hire industry that benefits DFHV consumers and fosters innovation.  DFHV’s RFA (#FHVINNO-2021-11-09; short titled: “Charge Me Up” or “CMU”) is expected to upgrade and manage two electric charging stations within DC’s Union Station parking garage dedicated to for-hire taxicab vehicles.

DFHV’s is creating this grant opportunity to select one or more for-hire vehicle companies to partner with a professional distribution energy resource, electrical vehicle management, or electrical charging infrastructure development business(es) to oversee the daily operational installments and software upgrades of two previously installed electrical towers.  DFHV’s expectations of the applicant is to develop a business plan to ensure the reconstruction phase is completed within the awarded budget, estimated project deadlines, and meet or exceed timetable expectations, ensure availability to the for-hire electric vehicles (“EV”) that encompasses both all-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (“PHEV” or “PEV”), with the possibility for expansion to include the public to gain access in the future. 

DFHV also expects applicants will demonstrate within their application best EV business practices to develop or build upon current business relationships with the EV industry, Union Station management, DFHV and other District of Columbia agencies or other national organizations seeking to reduce DC’s carbon footprint (e.g.: Department of Energy and Environment, MacArthur Foundation, or other similar agencies, organizations, and companies).

The awardee will need to describe within their application’s business plan the following:

  • How the station(s) fits into the overall company’s green goals,
  • EVs to be served, both current and future needs:
    • Will additional stations, panels, or conduit capacity increase over time?
    • If so, estimate and detail the needs, costs, and oversight management resources for such modifications
  • Management of electricity payments or agreements with power supplier to reduce costs,
  • Current or past relationships with experienced contractors or distribution energy businesses, and Union Station management,
  • Management of location, i.e.: Signage, accessibility, site safety for consumers, preventative strategies of vandalism or misuse of station equipment,
  • Manage and maintain all insurances, warranties, and administrative requirements to ensure equipment is operational 24 hours a day/7 day a week,
  • What outreach and training material(s) development is needed to ensure success of installation and sustainability of the project for no less than a five-year period, how will impact business partners, DFHV Project Staff, consumers, or the general public,
  • What other resources will the applicant bring to the project outside of government agency support, and
  • Is the applicant prepared to manage this project for a minimum of five years with the possibility of extending this particular project or similar EV projects, provide a summary of such a commitment.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 200570

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$175,000

Number of Grants:

The number of awards is contingent upon DFHV appropriations and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding under the FY22 Charge Me Up RFA will be up to and not to exceed one hundred seventy-five thousand dollars ($175,000) in grant funds to the successful applicant.

Term of Contract:

The performance period will begin January 4, 2021 and end on September 30, 2022. DFHV may elect to continue the funded program for one base year and four additional one-year option years for a total of four years. Continued funding would be determined based upon satisfactory program performance, grant compliance, operating authority status, the availability of funding, business needs and regulatory requirements.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any for-hire company with a DFHV Operating Authority license who resides in the District of Columbia may apply for this opportunity.

The District requires all grant recipients to meet the requirements listed below. To learn more about citywide grant requirements, visit the Office of Partnership and Grant’s Citywide Grants Manual and Sourcebook (Citywide Grants Manual and Sourcebook in Pre-Application Information below). The is a list of eligibility criteria:
1. Clean Hands Certificate (Compliance status will be checked by DFHV).
2. Proof adequate insurance.
3. Promises, Certifications, and Assurances: Appendix I must be signed and dated.
4. Insurance Affidavit: Appendix II must be signed and dated.
5. A completed IRS (2018) form W-9.
6. DC Business License/DFHV Operating Authority certification.
7. Certified Business Enterprise Certification (not required, strongly urged).
8. Certification of Good Standing with DC Consumer Regulatory Affairs.

Non-Allowable Costs for this Grant include for such long-term items as real estate, and other expenditures including:
1. Lobbying, including salaries and overhead and out-of-pocket expenses;
2. Entertainment;
3. Most food;
4. Land purchases;
5. Rental of office space, some vehicles, and some equipment;
6. Employee salaries and benefits;
7. Accounting and bookkeeping services;
8. Communications, including telephone and data services;
9. Printing, reproduction, including signage;
10. Many computers and printers;
11. Plants and tree-plantings;
12. Small tools;
13. Some field equipment, typically below $5,000 in value;
14. Postage, shipping;
15. Some travel, meals, and lodging; and
16. Insurance

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicants interested in learning more or who would like to ask questions about the RFA are strongly encouraged to participate in the information session scheduled on January 5, 2022 from 2 pm to 3 pm. During the session, applicants will be walked through the Zoomgrants.com online application portal, and DFHV staff will clearly explain the requirements for the program and answer questions.

Applicants can register for the Pre-Application Conference by clicking on the WebEx link below:
Join from the event link
https://dcnet.webex.com/dcnet/j.php?MTID=m6c3da842a3b6dd666ceba260700b99b9

Join by the event number
Event number (access code): 2307 823 0006
Event password: yPyCactq553 (97922287 from phones)
Panelist password: rfMaM9Mbm36 (73626962 from phones and video systems)

Join by phone
+1-202-860-2110 United States Toll (Washington D.C.)
1-650-479-3208 Call-in toll number (US/Canada)
Join using Microsoft Lync or Microsoft Skype for Business
Dial 23078230006.dcnet@lync.webex.com

Pre-Application Information:

The application within ZoomGrants will go live on 12/27/21 and will close on 1/17/22, midnight, PT.

DFHV will not be offering a rolling application deadline for this project.

Applicants seeking to apply for the DFHV grant will need to create a profile within the ZoomGrants’ portal. DFHV will only be accepting online application submission through ZoomGrants.

Citywide Grants Manual and Sourcebook: https://is.dc.gov/book/citywide-grant-manual-and-sourcebook

Contact Information:

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

ZoomGrants Application: https://zoomgrants.com/gprop.asp?donorid=2327

Points of Contact:
Charles Lindsay, Project Lead
Phone: 202-645-4433
Email: Charles.lindsay2@dc.gov
Or
Jerry Kasunic, Administrative Officer
Phone: 202-671-1804
Email: Gerald.kasunic3@dc.gov

Funding or Pin Number:

RFA # FHVINNO-2021-12-09

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington, DC

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