ALTERNATIVE FUELS INCENTIVE GRANT PROGRAM (AFIG)
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.
AFIG is currently offering three opportunities:
- The 2017 Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant
- The Pennsylvania FAST Act Corridor Infrastructure Grant
- The Alternative Fuels Technical Assistance Program
2017 ALTERNATIVE FUELS INCENTIVE GRANT
Awards for Round 1 of the 2017 AFIG Grant have been announced!
The application acceptance period for Round 2 of the 2017 AFIG Program closed at 4 PM on December 15, 2017.
Submitted applications are currently under review and awards will be announced early next year.
DEP anticipates re-opening the AFIG Program in Spring of 2018.
About the Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program:
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. Through the program, DEP solicits for applications for innovative, advanced fuel and vehicle technology projects resulting in cleaner advanced alternative transportation within this Commonwealth.
Approximately $5 million in grants is made 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.
For an example of the 2017 Grant Guidelines, click the link below. Please be advised that the Grant Guidelines may change for the 2018 program.
AFIG 2017 Guidelines (PDF)
The Pennsylvania Fast Act Corridor Infrastructure Grant
The application deadline for the FAST Act Corridor Infrastructure Grant was November 17. Submitted applications are currently under review and awards will be announced early next year.
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)