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Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program (AFIG)

The second round of 2016 Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program awards have been announced

The application submission period for Round Three of the Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program closed at 4 p.m. on Friday, December 30. The 2017 Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant is under development and will be opening soon.

Now open: The Alternative Fuels Technical Assistance Program

The Alternative Fuels Technical Assistance (AFTA) program provides technical assistance to eligible organizations to maximize the benefits of alternative fuel use in PA. AFTA is not a grant program, but a program through which a qualified, a professional consulting firm is assigned by DEP to work directly with eligible organizations for the purpose of developing technically viable and economically sustainable alternative fueling strategies. Alternative fuels considered under this program may include natural gas, electric, propane, hydrogen, hythane, ethanol, methanol, and other advanced biofuels.

Organizations eligible to apply include political subdivisions, nonprofit entities, municipal authorities and school districts in PA. An eligible entity can apply alone, or it can team up with other eligible project partners for a multi-organization project that can enhance the energy, economic, and environmental benefits of alternative fuels.

Click on the link to download a copy of the application document:
Alternative Fuels Technical Assistance Program Application (PDF)

The Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant (AFIG) Program was established in 1992 under Act 166.

The AFIG Program helps to create new markets for alternative fuels in Pennsylvania which enhances energy security. An investment is being made not only in alternative fuels, but the deployment of alternative fuel vehicles, fleets and technologies.

Alternative Fuel Incentive Grant projects promote and build markets for advanced, renewable and alternative energy transportation technologies. The intent is to provide a stimulus for opportunities that better manage Pennsylvania's fuel resources in a way that also improves the environment, supports economic development and enhances the quality of life.

Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant (AFIG) Program Now Accepting Applications in 2016

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Office of Pollution Prevention and Energy Assistance 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 domestic alternative fuels that will help the state's economy and environment. DEP is seeking applications for innovative, advanced fuel and vehicle technology projects resulting in cleaner advanced alternative transportation within this Commonwealth.

Approximately $7 million in grants will be available for school districts, municipal authorities, political subdivisions, nonprofit entities, corporations, limited liability companies or partnerships incorporated or registered in the Commonwealth to support:

  • 50% of incremental cost expenses relative to retrofitting vehicles to operate on alternative fuels as a bi-fuel, dual-fuel, hybrid or dedicated vehicle.
  • 50% of incremental cost expenses to purchase bi-fuel, dual-fuel, hybrid or dedicated vehicles.
  • The cost to purchase and install the necessary fleet refueling or home-refueling equipment for bi-fuel, dual-fuel, hybrid or dedicated vehicles.
  • The cost to perform research, training, development and demonstration of new applications or next-phase technology related to alternative fuel vehicles.
  • Reimbursement incentives for school districts, municipal authorities, political subdivisions and nonprofit entities who purchase and use biofuel blends including e-85 and biodiesel blends of 5% biofuel content and higher.

New this year, the AFIG program will remain open to receive proposals throughout the 2016 calendar year. Instead of one deadline for acceptance of applications for the year, AFIG now has multiple submission periods approximately 4 months in length, during which prospective applicants may submit applications for consideration. AFIG will accept applications at any time during the year and evaluate the applications received after each 4-month submission period and determine awards. Applications received during a submission period which do not receive an award will be able to resubmit the project application immediately for consideration during the next submission period in accordance with the program rules. The application period will open on February 20, 2016 and remain open throughout 2016. DEP will collect and review Applications received by 4 p.m. on Friday, April 29, 2016; 4 p.m. on Friday, September 9; and 4 p.m. on Friday, December 30, 2016. Hardcopy applications will not be accepted.

Click on the link to download a copy of the Grant Guidelines document:

AFIG 2016 Guidelines (PDF)


The 2016 Alternative Fuel Incentive Grant Program Guidelines have been updated to correct an error. The last sub-bullet on page 2 under: New This Round has been corrected to read, All vehicle projects, vehicles purchased and delivered must be completed within 12 months of the application due date. This correction was made so that the statement under New This Round matches the requirement found on page 10, Vehicle Retrofit and/or Purchase Projects Eligibility, Requirements and Evaluation Criteria. Vehicles must be purchased or converted within 12 months of the application due date.

AFIG 2016 Fact Sheets


Applications will be only accepted online through the eGrants system. Visit (click on "Find a Grant." scroll down to "AFIG" and click "Apply for this grant").

To further assist potential applicants, DEP hosted two webinars on March 7, 2016 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. and on March 8, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. to review key items for this grant opportunity.

Frequently Asked Questions (Word)

If after reviewing the webinars and the Frequently Asked Questions document you have additional questions, please send them to

AFIG Fact Sheets and Tools

2015-2016 AFIG Annual Report (PDF)

2014-2015 AFIG Annual Report (PDF)

Electric Vehicles in Pennsylvania(PDF) Fact Sheet

Alternative Fuel Refueling Sites

Find locations in Pennsylvania, or across the country, that offer the following alternative fuel types: Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), Liquified Propane Gas (LPG), Electric, Liquified Natural Gas (LNG), Ethanol (E85) and Methanol (M85).

Alternative Fuels Data Center
Major source of information on AFVs including lists of vehicles available from manufacturers, national refueling information, emission reduction demonstration studies.

Fleet Buyer's Guide
A web site designed to help you understand and acquire AFV's.

Fuel Economy Site
The Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency have jointly developed a new web-site that allows consumers easy access to fuel economy data on-line over the Internet.

The Department of Energy's Vehicle Cost Calculator. Use this calculator to compare alternative fuel vehicles with their gasoline-only counterparts.


For individual location-specific project inquiries, please contact:

Michele Ferguson – 570-327-3783 or Josh Dziubek 717-783-8411
Bradford, Butler, Carbon, Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, Lackawanna, Lawrence, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Monroe Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Pike, Potter, Schuylkill, Snyder, Susquehanna, Sullivan, Tioga, Union, Venango, Warren, Wayne, and Wyoming.

Mark Hand – 717-705-4797 or Walt Dinda 717-783-8411
Adams, Allegheny, Armstrong, Bedford, Beaver, Berks, Blair, Bucks, Cambria, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Mifflin, Montgomery, Perry, Philadelphia, Somerset, Washington, Westmoreland and York.

For multiple location/state wide project inquiries, please contact:
David Althoff Jr. 717-783-8411