The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (Air District) has announced that the application period for the 2021 Charge! Program, which opened in December 2020, closes on March 18, 2021. The Charge! Program provides grant funding to offset the cost of purchasing and installing new publicly accessible chargers for light-duty electric vehicles (EV) at workplaces, destinations, transit parking locations, along transportation corridors, and at multi-unit dwelling facilities. A total of $6 million in grant funding is available for organizations, including governments, businesses, and nonprofits.
The goal of the Charge! Program is to rapidly expand access to EV charging stations to help achieve the Bay Area’s EV-adoption goals of 90 percent of the overall vehicle fleet by 2050. As of January 2020, there were approximately 203,000 EVs registered to Bay Area drivers. Awards will be made on a first-come, first-served basis. For a full list of eligibility requirements, please see the Charge! Program Application Guidance located at: www.baaqmd.gov/charge. This program is funded through the Air District’s Transportation Fund for Clean Air Regional Fund and Mobile Source Incentive Fund which provides grants to improve air quality within the nine-county Bay Area by reducing emissions of pollutants from on-road vehicles.
Applicants must attend at least one a mandatory pre-application webinar before submitting an application. Instructions on how to apply will be given at the webinar. Each webinar is limited to 100 attendees. Applicants must attend a mandatory pre-application webinar before submitting an application. Instructions on how to apply will be given at the webinar. Each webinar is limited to 100 attendees. The final webinar workshop for 2021 applications is scheduled for March 2, 2021. Registration is required and can performed by visiting: www.register.gotowebinar.com/register/8904874717118687499. The webinar will review: Charge! Program requirements, the application process and evaluation criteria, and grantee/project sponsor’s administrative requirements (NOTE: Multi-unit dwelling located projects are not subject to public accessibility requirements). Awards will be made on a first-come, first-served basis. For a full list of eligibility requirements, please see the Charge! Program Application Guidance located at: www.baaqmd.gov/charge.
Additional information on this program and other Air District initiatives is available. For details, please refer to www.baaqmd.gov/charge, or the Bay Area Air Quality Management District information below.