Grants and Incentives

Charge Ahead Colorado

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This grant program will fund 80% of project costs associated with electric vehicle charging stations, up to $9,000 for Level 2 and $30,000 for Level 3 chargers. Funding is available for entities located throughout the state. The grant is jointly administered by the Colorado Energy Office and Regional Air Quality Council. Full details and information can be found at their website.

  • Application rounds 3 times each year, expected in January, May, and October. Current round is May 15 – June 15, 2020.

Assistance with applications is available through our work with ReCharge Colorado. Contact us to discuss how we can help support your application or to think through a potential project.

USDA Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program

USDA has announced $100 million will be available for grants to support higher use of biofuels.

  • Ethanol – $86 million will support the installation of equipment necessary to sell ethanol fuel blends of 15% or above at retail locations (E15 and/or E85). Fleet facilities also qualify.
    • 40% of funding is reserved for companies that operate 10 or fewer retail locations.
  • Biodiesel – $14 million available for bulk fuel distribution of biodiesel blends above 5% biodiesel, such as B20 or B99.

Grant funding can cover up to 50% of eligible equipment and installation costs, with a maximum grant of $5 million per company. A company can only apply once, but an application can include more than one location. This is an opportunity to upgrade your equipment and offer new fuels, while receiving funding assistance.

Application period: May 15 – August 13, 2020.

Program Website

ALT Fuels Colorado

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Funding is available for the replacement and scrappage of pre-2009 medium-duty and heavy-duty vehicles with fully Electric or Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) fleet vehicles. These funds are available to all public, private, and non-profit fleets statewide within Colorado.

Applications may only be submitted during an application round. Application rounds will be held approximately three times a year until all funding is fully expended. Total funding is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis so we encourage you to apply as soon as you can be ready. For more information or to sign up for future notifications, see the ALT Fuels Colorado website.

Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) Alternative Fuels Funding Program

In partnership with the Colorado Energy Office and Regional Air Quality Council,  DOLA’s Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Program Tier II application cycle will fund alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs), alternative fuel infrastructure, and maintenance facility upgrades that support AFVs. Only public entities (local governments and special districts) qualify. Support has also recently been provided for community readiness planning for electric vehicles. Infrastructure projects require a 25% minimum match. For vehicles, 100% of the incremental cost between an AFV and it’s conventional equivalent would be funded. Full details and applications can be found at their website.

  • Applications due three times a year: April 1, August 1, December 1

Colorado State Tax Credits

Colorado offers a substantial tax credit for alternative fuel vehicles that are purchased new or converted, as well as idle reduction equipment, aerodynamic technologies, and clean fuel refrigerated trailers. Tax credits are categorized according to the fuel or technology type and vehicle weight class, and each category has a credit cap ranging anywhere from $6,000-$20,000. Details can be located on the Colorado Energy Office websiteFor assistance, don’t hesitate to contact Clean Cities at Jon.Hunter@lung.org.

Additional Policies and Incentives

Additional policies and incentives can be found on the Alternative Fuel Data Center.