Funding Resources

IACT continuously surveys available resources to support the adoption of alternative renewable fuels and technologies. Listed below is a compilation of funding opportunities to increase accessibility across diverse populations.

IACT has made a specific effort to include sources that serves various geographic areas across the state of Illinois; however, please note this page is not exhaustive. Should you see any programs omitted below, please contact us at info@il-act.org

Click HERE to download the latest IACT Grant Funding Fact Sheet. We also have a PDF breaking down the important points of each funding opportunity.

Last Updated June 2024

The CFI Round 2 NOFO announces availability of up to $800 million for new applications. New applications must follow the criteria and considerations outlined in the CFI Round 2 NOFO

 

Who is Eligible to Apply?

  • States or political subdivision of States
  • Metropolitan planning organizations
  • Unit of local governments
  • Special purpose districts or public authorities with a transportation function, including port authorities
  • Indian Tribes
  • U.S. Territories
  • Authorities, agencies, or instrumentalities or entities owned by, one or more entities listed above
  • Group of entities listed above
  • State or local authorities with ownership of publicly accessible transportation facilities (applies to Community Program only)

 

Webinars

Webinar 1: Charging and Fueling Infrastructure (CFI) Grant NOFO Overview

Webinar 2: CFI NOFO Overview: Reconsideration of Round 1 Applications

These applications must be submitted in Grants.gov by 12am ET on August 28, 2024. For more information, visit the Federal Highway Administration’s CFI page.

The EPA anticipates awarding up to $932 million in competitive grant funding under the 2024 Clean Heavy-Duty Vehicles Grants Program Notice of Funding Opportunity. The program is soliciting applications nationwide for a grant competition to fund the replacement of existing non-zero-emission Class 6 and 7 heavy-duty vehicles with zero-emission Class 6 and 7 heavy-duty vehicles.

All application packages must be submitted electronically to the EPA through Grants.gov no later than Wednesday, July 25, 2024 at 11:59PM (ET) to be considered for funding. Visit the US EPA's Clean Heavy-Duty Vehicles Grant Program site for more information.

USDA Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP)
Application Window: OPEN
Program Application Period: Application windows close at 4:30pm Eastern on June 30, 2024, and September 30, 2024.

The purpose of the HBIIP is to increase significantly the sales and use of higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel by expanding the infrastructure for renewable fuels derived from U.S. agricultural products. 

Approximately $90 million available each quarter.

Awards to successful applicants will be in the form of cost-share grants for up to 75 percent of total eligible project costs, but not to exceed $5 million, whichever is less.

Who may apply?
Fueling stations, convenience stores, hypermarket fueling stations, fleet facilities (including rail and marine), and similar entities with capital investments, fuel distribution facilities (such as: terminal operations, depots, and midstream partners, home heating oil distribution facilities, and similarly equivalent operations.)

The USDA's Rural Development program offers a variety of funding opportunities aimed at improving infrastructure, economic development, and quality of life in rural communities. These opportunities include grants, loans, and loan guarantees that can be utilized to support a wide range of projects, including those related to transportation infrastructure.

 

For stakeholders in the transportation sector of Illinois, these funding opportunities could be instrumental in addressing critical infrastructure needs, such as the improvement of rural roads, bridges, and public transit systems. Additionally, the funds could be utilized to support the development of transportation-related facilities, such as freight terminals, rail lines, or aviation infrastructure.

 

Read more on How USDA Rural Development Supports Electric Vehicle Infrastructure here.

There are several Clean Vehicle and Energy Credits through the IRS made available by the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 for individuals, businesses, as well as tax exempt and government entities via tax credits and deductions. Credits are available through 2032. 

 

Details of the credit for new vehicles changed on Jan. 1, 2023.

 

Buying a new vehicle for business use

Buying a used vehicle 

  • This credit is available for individuals only.

How the credit works and qualifying makes and models.

The Joint Office of Energy and Transportation, through the Department of Energy, has made available $54 million in new federal funding for projects that will expand community e-mobility access and provide clean reliable energy.

The funding is administered by the Joint Office through DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Topic areas for the funding opportunity include:

  • Solving for No-Home Charging: Expanding Charging Access for Privately Owned E-Mobility 
  • Expanding E-Mobility Solutions through Electrified Micro, Light, and Medium-Duty Fleets
  • Managed Charging for Clean Reliable Energy

More information is available here. Applicants must submit a concept paper by May 20, 2024, and full applications are due July 16, 2024.

VW Round 6 (Three Priority Areas): Approximately $17.7 million for all-electric school buses. Opened April 24, 2024.

Driving a Cleaner Illinois is the Illinois EPA’s grant program developed to distribute funding for various types of diesel emission reduction projects involving on-road vehicles, off-road equipment, and electric charging.

Through the Driving a Cleaner Illinois program, The Illinois EPA is making Volkswagen Settlement funding available to fund the replacement of existing diesel school buses with new all-electric school buses located and operated in any of the three priority areas outlined in the Beneficiary Mitigation Plan (BMP). 

Click here for more info.

Incentives are available to Illinois propane customers who purchase a new propane vehicle. Any propane vehicle that is registered and operated in the state of Illinois is eligible for up to $4,000 for the purchase of a new propane vehicle or cost of the conversion if less than $4,000.

All rebate and incentive applications must be submitted by your Illinois propane provider to qualify.  If you have purchased a new propane vehicle or converted a vehicle to propane, contact your propane provider to apply. View the Rebate Guidelines for more information.

Learn more on the Illinois Propane Gas Association website.

ComEd Business Customer EV Rebates

Business and public sector customers may qualify to get a rebate for upgrading vehicles to electric. 

  • Fleet Vehicles, Class 1-2 (Light duty) rebates
    • Base rebate: $5,000
    • Select Customers Rebate*: $7,500
  • Fleet Vehicles, Class 3-6 EV (Medium duty) rebates
    • Base rebate: $20,000
    • Select Customers Rebate*: $30,000
  • Fleet Vehicles, Class 7-8 EV (Heavy duty) rebates
    • Base rebate: $50,000
    • Select Customers Rebate*: $75,000
  • Transit Bus >=30’ rebates
    • Base rebate: $80,000
    • Select Customers Rebate*: $120,000
  • K-12 School Bus >=35’ rebates
    • Base rebate: $120,000
    • Select Customers Rebate*: $180,000

ComEd is working to establish a process to enable pre-approved rebate vouchers that can be applied at the point of purchase for new vehicles and a post purchase solution for pre-owned vehicles.

ComEd Business Customer Make-Ready Rebates

Business and public sector customers can also receive rebates on make-ready infrastructure, whether located on the customer side or ComEd side of the meter for Level 2 (“L2”) and Direct Current Fast Chargers (“DCFC” or Level 3).

  • Make-Ready Rebates for infrastructure serving Level 2 (L2) Charger
    • Base Rebate: Make-ready rebate of up to $5,333 per port with a 10-port maximum
    • Select Customers* Rebate: Make-ready rebate of up to $8,000 per port with a 10-port maximum
  • Make-Ready Rebates for infrastructure serving Direct Current Fast Chargers (DCFCs or Level 3 chargers)
    • Base Rebate: Make-ready rebate of up to $667 per kW with a minimum of 50 kW (maximum rebate of $500,000)
    • Select Customers* Rebate: Make-ready rebate of up to $1,000 per kW, with a minimum of 50 kW (maximum rebate of $500,000)

Learn more about Make-Ready Infrastructure here.

*Select Customers are defined as (1) a customer who domiciles in a low-income community and/or primarily serves in a low-income community. Domicile includes the location vehicles are permanently assigned, most frequently used, or dispatched from (2) a customer who domiciles in an Environmental Justice (“EJ”) community or a Restore, Reinvest, Renew (“R3”) community, collectively referred to as an Equity Investment Select Community (“EIEC”), and/or predominantly services in an EIEC (3) a customer who demonstrates through attestation that over 50% of the driving done by the vehicle at issue is in a low-income community or EIECs (4) Chicago Transit Authority when seeking rebates for transit buses. Restrictions apply; refer to full program details and set of program requirements in the Program’s Terms & Conditions

ComEd Rebates | Residential Charger and Installation Rebate Program

The program offers rebates for the installation and purchase of Level 2 (L2) electric vehicle (EV) chargers that are "smart" (i.e. Wi-Fi enabled), ENERGY STAR® certified, and Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) certified to Residential ComEd Customers. Charger installation must be completed before submission of a Program application.

The base rebate is up to $2,500, for Select Customers the rebate is up to $3,750. See the program terms and conditions for more information on eligibility for the higher rebate. 

ComEd Electric Vehicle Charger and Installation Rebate

Residential Charger and Installation Rebate Program FAQs

Expected to release Beneficial Electrification plans at the end of summer. View their fact sheet here.

If you install qualified vehicle refueling and recharging property in your home or business, you may be eligible for the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property Tax Credit.

 

As of January 1, 2023, the credit for qualified refueling property subject to depreciation equals 6% with a maximum credit of $100,000 for each single item of property.

For more information, visit the IRS’s Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property Credit page.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels & Advance Vehicles Data Center is your source to finding the federal and state incentives and laws surrounding air quality, fuel efficiency, and alternative fuels and advanced transportation technologies.

Application closed: May 7, 2024.

The Illinois Department of Transportation unveiled the inaugural Notice of Funding Opportunity for Round One of the Illinois National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program. This initiative earmarks up to $50 million to develop 46 charging stations statewide.

The Illinois NEVI program is designed to expedite the adoption of electric vehicles by ensuring convenient access to charging facilities along Illinois interstates. It stands as a pivotal component within a broader spectrum of initiatives geared towards propelling the state into a leadership position in both the manufacturing and deployment of electric vehicles.

To provide insights into the funding opportunity and application process, an informational webinar is recorded and available to watch. A comprehensive overview of the program and guidance on application procedures was offered during this session.

For those who would like to watch the webinar, the recording is available to watch.

More information can be found on IDOT's website.

This program funding cannot be stacked with IEPA's CEJA EV Chargers funding program.

The Illinois EPA has opened Round 2 of the Driving a Cleaner Illinois – CEJA EV Chargers funding. Round 2 expands eligibility to include Local Public Agencies and fund level 2 charging ports. Additional points will be awarded to projects in an area identified as an Equity Investment Eligible Community and to projects at public transportation park-and-ride facilities.

Applications are no longer being accepted as of 5:00 pm CT on Friday, May 10, 2024. For more information, visit the Driving a Cleaner Illinois page here: https://epa.illinois.gov/topics/air-quality/driving-a-cleaner-illinois.html.

This program funding cannot be stacked with IDOT's charging station funding program.

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois EPA) has been designated as the lead agency to administer funds allocated to Illinois from the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust (Trust). The Trust was established by Appendix D of the VW Settlement. Illinois’ initial allocation of funds is approximately $108 million to be used to fund mobile source diesel emission reduction projects. The funds are to be used for projects that reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides in Illinois.

Visit the Illinois EPA website to learn more.

The Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) Program funds grants that upgrade or replace non-road and on-highway diesel vehicles. Illinois Alliance for Clean Transportation Member, the American Lung Association, provides application assistance for eligible fleets.

National and State Grants for (DERA) funding are currently closed.

For more information, contact Angela Tin (angela.tin@lung.org) or Shannon Haines (Shannon.haines@lung.org).

For more information on the National Clean Diesel campaign, visit www.epa.gov/cleandiesel

Coming Soon: 2024 Tribal and Territory Notice of Funding Opportunity

The Inflation Reduction Act (2022) provides EPA with $3 billion to fund zero-emission port equipment and infrastructure, as well as climate and air quality planning, at U.S. ports.

There are two funding opportunities:

  • The Zero-Emission Technology Deployment Competition
    ZE Technology Competition will fund zero-emission port equipment and infrastructure to reduce mobile source emissions at U.S. ports. Approximately $2.8 billion is available.
  • The Climate and Air Quality Planning Competition
    The Planning Competition will fund climate and air quality planning activities at U.S. Ports; including emissions inventories, strategy analysis, community engagement, and resiliency measure identification, all of which will build the capacity of port stakeholders to continue to reduce pollution and transition to zero-emissions operations over time.
    Approximately $150 million is available.

Both Clean Ports Program NOFOs closed on May 28. 2024.

For more information, please visit the Clean Ports Program website.

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