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ALT Fuels Colorado Vehicle Grant - CMAQ

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ALT Fuels Colorado
CMAQ Grant Application


As part of the ALT Fuels Colorado program, the Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC) is requesting applications to fund fleet purchases of medium and heavy duty alternative fuel vehicles (AFV) to improve air quality and incentivize the wide-spread, early adoption of these vehicles in the Colorado Front Range. AFVs under this application include new, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) compressed natural gas (CNG), electric, and propane vehicles greater than 10,001 pounds GVWR. Funding for AFV purchases is available for public, non-profit and private fleets operating within Colorado’s ozone nonattainment and carbon monoxide maintenance areas. A map of eligible areas can be found here.
ALT Fuels Colorado is funded through the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program and is implemented in partnership with the Colorado Energy Office (CEO), the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA). Under this four-year, $30 million initiative, CEO will administer $15 million for alternative fuel stations and RAQC will administer $15 million for AFVs. 
Program Funding:

The RAQC has funding for OEM medium and heavy duty AFV's. The RAQC will pay 80% of the incremental cost difference up to the set funding caps below. 

The incremental cost difference is defined as the cost of the AFV minus the cost of a comparable, conventionally fueled vehicle. This cost can include the engine, motor, fuel tanks, and upgrades to suspension, transmission, etc. due to the extra weight of the alternative fuel tanks. Vehicles may be purchased or leased. All leases must be a minimum of 5 years unless otherwise specified by the RAQC. Eligible lease options include private lease with balloon payments (TRAC lease), public lease with balloon payments, and public lease without balloon payments. Note that private fleets may be eligible for State of Colorado tax incentives. 

Opportunities for combining ALT Fuels Colorado grant with other funding sources:
To complement the CMAQ effort, additional funding for alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure may be available for fleets in Colorado through DOLA’s Impact Assistance Program. Entities eligible for DOLA funding include municipalities, counties and special districts (as defined here). Inside the RAQC’s ALT Fuels Colorado program area (map), eligible fleets may be able to apply to DOLA to cover the matching funds required through the RAQC process. 

Noble Energy is providing funding for CNG school buses for school districts in the ozone nonattainment area. School districts interested in this funding must first apply to RAQC’s ALT Fuels Colorado. More information on Noble’s program may be found here. In tandem, the RAQC, CEO, and Noble programs will work toward ensuring a comprehensive approach to advancing AFV in the State of Colorado. 
Additional Information:
Please review the ALT Fuels Colorado, CMAQ Funding Program Guide prior to submitting an application.
Applicants are encouraged to use this Word formatted version for preparation purposes only. All applications must be submitted online. Applicants should print the completed online application and keep a copy on file. The review committee is not responsible for any lost proposals. Please note, the online application will not allow applicants to paste tables or charts into text boxes. Please answer all questions in the narrative.