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Making changes to improve Utah’s air quality isn’t always easy. That’s why at Utah Clean Cities, we do everything we can to make the process go smoother. We’ve compiled a list of various grants, incentives and laws that will make your transition to alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies seamless.

If you have any questions or need more information in pursuing a grant, please contact us.

DOE VTO: 2022 Vehicle Tech. Office Program Wide Funding Opportunity

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) seeks research projects to address priorities in the following areas: the cost-effective deployment of EV charging for those without easy home charging; innovative solutions to improve mobility options for underserved communities; community engagement to accelerate clean transportation options in underserved communities; batteries and electrification; materials technologies; energy-efficient commercial off-road vehicle technologies; medium/heavy duty vehicle corridor charging and advanced engine and fuel technologies to improve fuel economy and reduce GHG emissions.

Funding Opportunity Description

Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Number: DE-FOA-0002611

USDOT: Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program

It is the first-ever program to help reconnect communities that were previously cut off from economic opportunities by transportation infrastructure. Funding supports planning grants and capital construction grants, as well as technical assistance, to restore community connectivity through the removal, retrofit, mitigation, or replacement of eligible transportation infrastructure facilities.

Funds for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 RCP Program are to be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that reconnect communities by removing, retrofitting, or mitigating highways or other transportation facilities that create barriers to community connectivity, including to mobility, access, or economic development.

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Webinar Recording Available

A recording of the July 14 webinar and a copy of the slides are available on the RCP website.

Additional upcoming webinars can be found here. 

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Quick Facts

Planning Grants

Planning grants may be used to study the feasibility and impacts of removing, retrofitting, or mitigating an existing eligible facility or to conduct planning activities necessary to design a project to remove, retrofit, or mitigate an existing eligible facility.

Who is eligible to apply for planning grant funding?

  • States
  • Units of local government
  • Federally recognized Tribal governments
  • Metropolitan planning organizations
  • Nonprofit organizations

Eligible planning activities

  • Planning studies of: current traffic patterns on the eligible facility proposed for removal, retrofit, or mitigation and the surrounding street network; transportation network capacity; alternative roadway designs or other uses for the right-of-way; impacts to the mobility of freight and people; impacts to the safety of the traveling public; cost; anticipated economic impacts and environmental impacts both human and natural.
  • Public engagement activities to provide the public opportunities to provide input into a plan to remove and convert an eligible facility.
  • Other transportation planning activities required in advance of a project to remove, retrofit, or mitigate an existing eligible facility to restore community connectivity, as determined by DOT.

Technical Assistance

The Department must prioritize technical assistance to economically disadvantaged communities. The Department anticipates focusing its technical assistance on recipients that demonstrate need as underserved, overburdened, and disadvantaged communities.

Technical assistance is for building organizational or community capacity to engage in transportation planning and to identify innovative solutions to infrastructure challenges, including reconnecting communities that are bifurcated by eligible facilities or lack safe, reliable, and affordable transportation options.


Capital Construction Grants

Capital construction grants may be used for projects for which all necessary studies and other planning activities have been completed to remove, retrofit, mitigate, or to replace an existing eligible facility.

Who is eligible to apply for capital construction grant funding?

  • Facility Owner
    • The Facility Owner of the eligible facility under consideration must serve as the recipient for capital construction grants. This is likely to be a State or local government agency with jurisdiction for transportation.
    • A Facility Owner must satisfy other eligibility requirements to receive a planning grant.
  • Partnerships between the Facility Owner and the other entities listed as eligible planning grant applicants.

Eligible capital construction projects

  • Removal, retrofit, or mitigation of an existing eligible facility.
  • Replacement of an eligible facility with a new facility that restores community connectivity and is sensitive to the context of the surrounding community.

Opportunity Number: DOT-RCP-FY22-01

DOE EERE: Fiscal Year 2022 Vehicle Technologies Office Program Wide FOA

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Vehicle Technology Office, a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) entitled “Fiscal Year 2022 Vehicle Technologies Office Program Wide FOA”.

The RDD&D activities to be funded under this FOA will support the government-wide approach to the climate crisis by driving the innovation that can lead to the deployment of clean energy technologies, which are critical for climate protection. Specifically, this FOA will advance RDD&D in several areas critical to achieving net-zero GHG emissions by 2050, including: advancement of electric drive technologies using less rare-earth metal, reduction of weight of battery electric vehicle technologies, electrification of non-road vehicles, improvements in off-road vehicle charging, improved efficiency of engines using low-carbon fuels, and deployment of these technologies among diverse communities.

Areas of Interest include:

  • Area 1: Electric Drive System Innovations
  • Area 2: Off-Road Electric Vehicle Charging Concepts
  • Area 3: Powertrain Material for Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs)
  • Area 4: Multi-Functional Material and Structures Research and Development
  • Area 5a: Natural Gas engine Demonstration for Off-Rad, Rail and Marine Applications
  • Area 5b: Low GHG concepts for Off-Road Vehicles and Equipment
  • Area 5c: Advanced Opposed Piston 2-Stroke (OP2S) Hydrogen Combustion Architecture for Heavy-Duty Transportation, Including On and Off-Road, Rail and Marine Applications
  • Area 5d: Demonstration of Dimethyl Ether Medium-Duty Engine for Non-Road Applications
  • Area 6: Clean Energy Mobility Solutions for Underserved Communities
  • Area 7a: No Home Charging – Multi-Family Housing Innovative Demonstrations, Technical Assistance and Best Practices
  • Area 7b: No Home Charging – Electric Vehicle Charging for Overnight Parking
  • Area 8: Community Engagement, Outreach, Technical Assistance, and Training in Underserved Communities
  • Area 9: Community-Driven Electric Vehicle Charging Deployment in Underserved Communities
  • Area 10: Innovative Medium and Heavy-Duty EV Charging and Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure Regional Plans
  • Area 11: Addressing Critical Training Needs for Transportation Decarbonization
  • Area 12: Demonstration and Deployment – Open Topic
  • Area 13: Transportation Energy Analysis

EERE envisions awarding multiple financial assistance awards in the form of cooperative agreements. The estimated period of performance for each award will be approximately 27 – 39 months.

Opportunity Number: FOA No. DE-FOA-0002611

UCAIR: 2022-2023 Grant Funding - Request for Proposals

The UCAIR Grant Selection Committee is requesting applications for projects addressing any of the four areas listed below. For the 2022-2023 UCAIR Grant cycle applications that do not fall under one of these areas of interest will not be considered.

  1. Reduction of emissions from area sources that contribute to both wintertime inversion and summertime ozone seasons, including but not limited to residential homes and commercial sources such as, dry cleaners, print shops, gas stations and auto body paint shops.
  2. Projects and programs specifically targeting summertime precursor emissions contributing to ozone
  3. Programs utilizing emerging technologies that result in measurable emissions reductions.
  4. Reduction of emissions in underserved areas:
  • Socioeconomically disadvantaged communities.
  • Areas of opportunity (geographic, industry, sector) that have not received adequate financial support.

AREAS NOT ELIGIBLE FOR FUNDING

While UCAIR is supportive of efforts in the areas below, we recognize that they are being addressed through other funding mechanisms, or do not fall within our mission. Significant state and private funding have recently been allocated to support EV infrastructure and air quality sensors, so UCAIR will focus its limited grant resources on other pursuits.  Following the guidance of the UCAIR Grant Selection Committee, this year’s funding will not be awarded to the following areas:

  1. Installation and/or support of air quality measurement instruments
  2. Electric vehicle charging infrastructure
  3. General education and awareness, including toolkits
  4. Political speech

Grant Timeline

  • Monday, June 15, 2022 – Grant Application Opened
  • Friday, July 29, 2022 – Letter of Intent Form due
  • Friday, August 26, 2022 – Responses back to prospective applicants
  • Friday, September 23, 2022 – Application Form due
  • Tuesday, November 18, 2022 – Grant Recipient Announcement

EPA: Environmental Justice Small Grants Program

Since its inception in 1994, the Environmental Justice Small Grants (EJSG) Program has awarded more than $37 million in funding to over 1500 community-based organizations, tribal governments, and Native American organizations working with communities facing environmental justice issues.

The Environmental Justice Small Grants Program supports and empowers communities working on solutions to local environmental and public health issues. The program is designed to help communities understand and address exposure to multiple environmental harms and risks. Environmental Justice Small Grants fund projects up to $100,000, depending on the availability of funds in a given year. All projects are associated with at least one qualified environmental statute.

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State Incentives

Vehicle Repair and Replacement Assistance Program (VRRAP)

The Vehicle Repair and Replacement Assistance Program (VRRAP) provides funding assistance to individuals whose vehicles are failing vehicle emission standards to either replace their failing vehicle with a newer, cleaner one or to repair it. The programs are administered by local health departments and made possible through a grant sub-award to them from the Utah Division of Air Quality.

Eligible Region(s): Box Elder, Cache, Davis, Salt Lake, Tooele, and Weber Counties

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Clean Air Replacement and Off-Road Technology Program (CARROT)

This program provides incentives for emissions reductions from diesel vehicle/equipment and yard equipment.

Eligible Region: Statewide with priority given in PM2.5 and Ozone Non-attainment areas

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Conversion to Alternative Fuel Grant Program

Conversion to Alternative Fuel Grant Program

The Conversion to Alternative Fuel Grant Program allows businesses that convert vehicles to run on natural gas, propane, or electricity to apply for a grant of up to $2,500 per conversion. The conversion business is then required to pass along the savings to the owner of the eligible vehicle being converted.

There are two steps in the process of obtaining a grant.

Step 1: Preliminary Approval Application

The Preliminary Approval Application process will determine if the proposed project is eligible for an Alternative Fuel Grant and if there are adequate funds for the proposed conversion. All applicants must obtain preliminary approval. To obtain preliminary approval, one of the following applications for the alternative fuel must be submitted: Electric , Natural, and Propane

After submitting the Preliminary Application, the applicant will receive an email that will indicate the status of the application. If the Preliminary Application is approved, the applicant will have up to 60 calendar days from the date of the email to submit a complete Final Approval Application. If the Final Approval Application is not received within the 60 calendar days, the funding may no longer be available for the conversion.

Step 2: Final Approval and Payment Process

Once the vehicle has been converted, the applicant must complete the Final Approval Application (see below) and submit all the required documentation for the appropriate conversion. The final invoice must include a receipt signed by the vehicle owner that includes the itemized costs and demonstrates that the grant has been passed on to the vehicle owner.

Alternative Fuel Heavy-Duty Vehicle Tax Credit

Qualified taxpayers may claim a non-refundable tax credit for the purchase of a Category 7 or Category 8 natural gas, 100% electric, or a hydrogen-electric vehicle. These tax credits are limited.

The state provides an income tax credit for the qualified purchase of a natural gas, a 100% electric, or a hydrogen-electric heavy-duty vehicle which is defined in 59-7-618.1 and 59-10-1033.1 UCA as a commercial category 7 or 8 vehicle that has never been titled or registered. Class 7 and Class 8 vehicles are classified by the gross vehicle weight rating, which is also known as their GVWR. A Class 7 vehicle has a GVWR between 26,001 and 33,000 pounds. A Class 8 vehicle has a GVWR higher than 33,000 pounds. These vehicles usually have three axles, but some will have five axles in order to haul a trailer with substantial weight on it. Some examples would be a 5-axle tractor-trailer (Semi or 18-wheeler), cement trucks, dump trucks, and refuse haulers. Operators of Class 7 and 8 trucks must have a commercial driver’s license, also called a CDL.

The Utah Legislature authorized the credit during the 2021 General Session for tax year 2021 through 2030. The following table shows the tax credit for each tax year.

Eligible Region(s): Statewide

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Uinta Basin Oil and Gas Engine Exchange

This program provides financial assistance for up to 40% off the cost to replace non-road, stationary, gas engines (engine model year 2008 or older) which support oil and gas production. New, replacement engines must meet the most recent new source performance standards required by Subpart JJJJ.

Eligible Region(s): Uinta County, UT; Duchesne County, UT

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Utah Clean Diesel Program

Fleet owners can use this program to replace or upgrade old, dirty diesel vehicles with newer, cleaner options.

Eligible Region(s): Statewide, with preference given to PM2.5 and Ozone Non-attainment Areas

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Workplace Electric Vehicle Charging Funding Assistance Program (EVSE)

The EV Charging Incentive Program allow businesses, non-profits, and non-state government to apply for a grant that will cover the purchase and install of EV chargers. Funds will be used for the purchase of Level 2 or DC fast charging EV chargers.

Eligible Region(s): Statewide

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Utah Partner Incentives

Rocky Mtn. Power: EV Incentives

Earn cash rebates for installing electric vehicle charging stations. Rebates can cover up to 75% of charger costs. Non-residential customers can also qualify for incentives for make-ready projects. Electric vehicle charging encourages clean transportation adoption and helps improve Utah’s air quality.

Non-residential customer incentives

Residential customer rebates

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UDOT: Road Usage Charge Program

Utah roads are maintained using taxes from gasoline sales. As vehicles become more fuel efficient and the number of electric vehicles grows, the Utah Department of Transportation and Division of Motor Vehicles is changing to a per-mile fee as a way for drivers to pay their portion of roadway operations and maintenance.

Utah’s Road Usage Charge Program is voluntary for electric and hybrid vehicle owners. UDOT and DMV have contracted with emovis to operate the program. The choice is yours.

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UCAIR: Ongoing Grants and Incentives

UCAIR Funding Opportunities

Since 2013, the UCAIR Grants Program has encouraged Utah’s businesses, government entities and nonprofit organizations to bring forward creative and innovative ideas. The goal of the UCAIR Grants Program is to reduce emissions of criteria pollutants that cause Utah’s poor air quality. Although applicant organizations may propose projects in any area that may decrease criteria pollutants within our State.

Please stay tuned for the 2022-2023 cycle.

Lancer Energy: Reduced on Cost Bosch EV Chargers

Together with Lancer Group, Utah Clean Cities can now offer you Bosch Chargers at a reduced price!

How it Works:

  • Purchase a Bosch Charger from Utah Clean Cities for $100 less than anywhere else
  • $25 goes back to the Utah Clean Cities Idle Free school program
  • Carries a one-year warranty that can be extended to three years if installed by the Lancer Group or other certified installers
  • Pricing on other Bosch models are available

Contact us for more information or make a purchase. Email Tammie.bostick@utahcleancities.org

Federal Incentives

Federal Alternative Fuel and Infrastructure Tax Credits

Several alternative fuel federal tax credits have been extended including tax credits for biodiesel, CNG and propane, and for fueling infrastructure for E85, biodiesel, CNG, propane and electricity, including residential. Be sure to take a look at the Alternative Fuels Data Center to see what’s changed and how you can take advantage of these updated tax credits.

USDOE: Federal Tax Credits for All-Electric and Plug-In Hybrids

Federal Tax Credit Up to $7,500!

All-electric and plug-in hybrid cars purchased new in or after 2010 may be eligible for a federal income tax credit of up to $7,500. The credit amount will vary based on the capacity of the battery used to power the vehicle. State and/or local incentives may also apply.

Small neighborhood electric vehicles do not qualify for this credit, but they may qualify for another credit.

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USDOT: R.O.U.T.E.S. Toolkit for Rural Opportunities

Toolkit for the Rural Opportunities to Use Transportation for Economic Success (R.O.U.T.E.S.)

The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) has developed this Applicant Toolkit to provide guidance as part of the Rural Opportunities to Use Transportation for Economic Success (R.O.U.T.E.S.) Initiative to support potential applicants in identifying and navigating USDOT discretionary grant funding opportunities for rural transportation projects. In support of the initiative’s goals, this toolkit provides user-friendly information and resources to support rural applicants’ understanding of USDOT discretionary grant programs and the funding process.

The Applicant Toolkit is designed for all levels of grant applicant experience, aiming to enhance access to USDOT resources for rural transportation projects. Specifically, this toolkit illustrates key applicant activities when participating in the USDOT discretionary grants process, catalogues USDOT discretionary grant programs by applicant type and eligible project activities in a USDOT Discretionary Grant Funding Matrix, and provides resources for applicants to maximize the potential for award success.

R.O.U.T.E.S. will embark on three activities:

  1. Collecting input from stakeholders on the benefits rural projects offer for safety and economic outcomes, as well as the type and degree of assistance rural projects require;
  2. Providing user-friendly information to rural communities to enhance understanding about DOT’s infrastructure grant options;
  3. Improving DOT’s data-driven approaches to better assess needs and benefits of rural transportation infrastructure projects

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EPA: Clean School Bus Program

With funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, EPA’s new Clean School Bus Program provides $5 billion over the next five years (FY 2022-2026) to replace existing school buses with zero-emission and low-emission models. EPA is offering $500 million through the 2022 Clean School Bus Rebates for zero-emission and low-emission school bus rebates as the first funding opportunity. EPA will continue to update this page with additional Clean School Bus Program funding  information and educational resources.

Clean School Bus Benefits

  • Cleaner air. Electric and alternatively-fueled buses eliminate or reduce school bus exhaust, which is linked to asthma.
  • Reduced health risks, especially for children whose lungs are still developing.
  • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions, which contribute to climate change.
  • Grid resilience. Using bidirectional chargers, school buses can store energy for distribution to the grid when needed.

Clean School Bus Rebate Funding

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USDOE: Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity have launched a new Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize. Phase Two submissions will open in March 2022 and close in March 2023 and will provide cash prizes of up to $250,000 each ($2.5 million total) to groups and organizations to support entrepreneurship and innovation in communities historically underrepresented and underserved in the energy sector. If you want help applying, contact us for free coaching.

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