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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 23-819



Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program; Opportunity Notice

[53 Pa.B. 3379]
[Saturday, June 24, 2023]

 The Department of Environmental Protection (Department), Energy Programs Office announces an opportunity to apply for grants under the Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant (AFIG) Program to improve the Commonwealth's air quality and reduce consumption of imported oil through the use of homegrown alternative fuels that will help the Commonwealth's economy and environment. Programs, like AFIG, that incentivize the use of alternative fuels for transportation can help the Commonwealth reach the greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals outlined in the 2021 Pennsylvania Climate Action Plan. The Department is seeking applications for innovative, advanced fuel and vehicle technology projects resulting in cleaner advanced alternative transportation within this Commonwealth.

 Approximately $3 million in grants will be available for school districts, municipal authorities, political subdivisions, nonprofit entities, corporations and limited liability companies or partnerships incorporated or registered in the Commonwealth to support:

 • Incremental cost expenses relative to retrofitting vehicles to operate on alternative fuels.

 • Incremental cost expenses to purchase new alternative fuel vehicles.

 • The cost to purchase and install refueling equipment servicing alternative fuel vehicles.

 • The cost to perform research, training, development and demonstration of new applications or next-phase technology related to alternative fuel vehicles.

 Priorities for funding for 2023 include:

 • Zero emission vehicle projects.

 • Renewable natural gas vehicle and infrastructure projects.

 • Medium-duty and light-duty fleet refueling infrastructure projects.

 • Projects located in or predominantly serving environmental justice areas. ( PA-Environmental-Justice-Areas.aspx).

 • Applicants that are minority, veteran or woman-owned businesses.

 The Department will endeavor to award a minimum 20% of available AFIG funding for the program year to the following entities, dependent upon applications received:

 • Counties, townships, municipalities or municipal authorities.

 • Public school districts including brick and mortar charter schools.

 • Organizations registered as a 501(c)3 that provide services to seniors, low income individuals and families, individuals with disabilities, veterans or medical services of any type.

 • Businesses either registered with the Commonwealth as a Small Diverse Business or who are registered with one of the Department of General Services approved third-party certifications as identified on the web site at

 • Organizations who are county/local government supported or contracted to provide services to seniors, low income individuals and families, individuals with disabilities, veterans or medical services of any type.

 Changes to the program for 2023 for the Vehicle Retrofit and Purchase projects category include:

 • For refueling infrastructure, AFIG will be focusing on projects that service medium-duty fleets of class 3—6 vehicles and light-duty fleets of class 1 and 2 vehicles. Funding for other types of refueling infrastructure projects may be available through the Driving PA Forward Level 2 Rebate programs and through Department programs funded through the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure program and other Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act funding.

 The program guidelines and application instructions are available on the Department's AFIG web site at Applications will be accepted online through the Commonwealth's eGrants system. Visit to apply.

 The application period will open June 30, 2023. The Department will collect and review applications received by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, August 25, 2023, and by 4 p.m. on Friday, December 15, 2023. Hard copy applications will not be accepted.

Acting Secretary

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 23-819. Filed for public inspection June 23, 2023, 9:00 a.m.]

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