‘Charge Ahead Colorado’ Offers Grant Funds for Electric Vehicle Services

In an effort to improve air quality and encourage deployment of electric vehicles across the State of Colorado, the Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC) and Colorado Energy Office (CEO) have teamed up to provide financial support for electric vehicles (EV) and electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE). To view a full list of projects awarded through Charge Ahead Colorado, please click here.

Criteria and eligibility differ between the two agencies. Please find a summary of each agency’s funding information and important dates in the chart below. (See the Application Guide for detailed information.)

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Application
All applications must be completed and submitted online at the link below. For preparation purposes, a Word formatted application and application guide can also be found below. All applicants must read the Charge Ahead Colorado Application Guide prior to submitting an application. This guide is intended to lead participants through RAQC’s funding process.

The next application round will open on July 16, 2015 at 5:00pm MST and will close on August 17, 2015 at 11:00pm MST. Click here to review the Online Application, a WORD version for preparation purposes, and Application Guide.

Questions are welcome at any time during the application period. For RAQC funding, please contact Matt Mines at 303.629.5450×210. For CEO funding, please contact Wes Maurer at 303.866.2064.

All applications must be completed and submitted online. The Evaluation Committee will review applications. The Evaluation Committee is not responsible for any lost proposals, however, you will receive a confirmation that your proposal has been submitted.

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Applicants are encouraged to complete proposals in WORD format, save, and then transfer information to the online application. Applicants should print the completed online application and keep a copy on file. A WORD formatted version of the application can be found in the Application section above.

The Evaluation Committee has the ability to award partial funding to applicants if the applicant is willing to accept the reduced award.

Resources
Please see the Charge Ahead Colorado Resources Page for examples of successful applications, cooperative purchasing opportunities, and other electric vehicle resources.

Background
The RAQC and CEO created this funding opportunity with the intent of reducing harmful air pollutants and encouraging the diversification of the State of Colorado’s transportation fuels mix. Please find a complete list of the grant’s long term goals in the application.

The RAQC was awarded federal funding from the Congestion Mitigation/Air Quality (CMAQ) program to fund this opportunity. The funding is designated specifically for the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) planning area of Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Boulder, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson Counties to improve air quality in the region.

CEO’s electric vehicle charging program was established by the Colorado legislature in 2009 and reaffirmed in HB-1315. The fund allows CEO to provide grants to install electric charging stations to fund local governments, state agencies, public universities, public transit agencies, private nonprofit or for-profit corporations, landlords of multi-family apartment buildings, and home owner associations (as defined more specifically in C.R.S Article 33.3 of Title 38) that have prioritized energy efficiency measures.

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