Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration announced it is now accepting applications for the first round of funding under The Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Discretionary Grant Program(CFI Program). This new program was created under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to deploy electric vehicle (EV) charging and other fueling infrastructure projects.
Townships are eligible to apply for funding until May 30, 2023. All applications must be submitted online through grants.gov, and a 20% match is required. The CFI Program will award $2.5 billion over five years through two grant categories:
Community Program Grants will provide $1.25 billion to deploy publicly accessible EV charging infrastructure, and hydrogen, propane, or natural gas fueling infrastructure at community gathering points like stores and apartment complexes, the latter of which will be prioritized for rural areas and disadvantaged communities. Infrastructure may be located on any public road or other publicly accessible locations (for example, parking facilities at public buildings, public schools, and public parks).
Corridor Program Grants will provide $1.25 billion to strategically deploy publicly accessible EV charging infrastructure and hydrogen, propane, and natural gas fueling infrastructure along PennDOT designated alternative fuel corridors.
Equity will be a major focus of the CFI grants, with the administration aiming to ensure lower-income and rural areas aren’t left behind in the rapid push to electrify.
This first funding round will allocate $700 million across both categories for FY22 and 23. For more information, including the Notice of Funding, informational webinars about the program, and to apply, visit the CFI Program page on grants.gov.