The U.S. Department of Energy publicizes available funding through competitive funding opportunity announcements (FOAs), similar to requests for proposals (RFPs) or solicitations.
Laws and Incentives
The Alternative Fuels Data Center maintains a comprehensive database of Federal and State Laws and Incentives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, air quality, fuel efficiency, and other transportation-related topics.
Securing funding is critical to the success of efforts to implement advanced fuels and vehicle technologies. Funding opportunities for Clean Cities projects are available from many sources inside and outside the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
DOE's Vehicle Technologies Office has awarded nearly $400 million to fund hundreds of projects across the country that advance alternative fuels and energy-efficient vehicle technologies. Learn more about funded projects.
Open Funding Opportunities
Current transportation-related funding opportunities, including VTO funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) issued by the U.S. Department of Energy, are listed below when available. To suggest adding a funding opportunity to this list, contact us.
- DE-FOA-0001919: Fiscal Year 2018 Advanced Vehicle Technologies Research Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA)
When applying for funding, contact your Clean Cities coordinator for help navigating the process successfully. Your local coordinator can provide information about VTO FOAs and other funding opportunities.
FOAs are also listed on Grants.gov, the portal for more than 1,000 grant programs administered by federal government agencies.
Other Funding Opportunities
Transportation-related funding opportunities from organizations and federal agencies outside DOE are listed below. Some of the government agencies listed have ongoing funding available; others issue funding notices periodically or assist in forming partnerships that can provide funding opportunities for transportation-related projects.
U.S. Department of Transportation
- Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Program: Administered by the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration, CMAQ funds projects and programs that reduce transportation-related emissions and relieve traffic congestion. Funds are distributed locally through metropolitan planning organizations.
- Voluntary Airport Low Emissions (VALE) Program: The VALE Program is designed to reduce sources of airport ground emissions. The program provides funding for fueling and charging stations, low-emission vehicles, and other airport air quality improvements.
- Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction (TIGGER) Program: The TIGGER Program works with public transit agencies to implement strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and energy use from transit agency operations.
Environmental Protection Agency
- National Clean Diesel Campaign: EPA provides funding for emissions and idle reduction devices, vehicle replacements, and alternative fuel options and other strategies that reduce diesel emissions.
- Grants and Funding Opportunities: EPA provides links to grant programs and information about applying for EPA grants.
- EPA Regions: EPA regional offices can issue funding for projects in their respective geographic areas, which is the case for programs such as Clean School Bus USA.
- Environmental Education Grants Program: EPA's Office of Environmental Education supports projects that enhance public awareness, knowledge, and skills to help citizens make informed decisions that affect environmental quality.
- EPA National Center for Environmental Research Funding Opportunities: This website contains EPA funding opportunities for research, including grants and fellowships, as well as past and present research projects and programs.
Grants.gov is an information hub for more than 1,000 grant programs administered by federal government agencies. Grants.gov allows organizations to search and apply for competitive grant opportunities online. Search for grant opportunities on Grants.gov.
National Science Foundation
- Smart & Connected Communities (S&CC): The National Science Foundation’s S&CC program supports the creation of scientific and engineering foundations that will enable smart and connected communities. The program provides funding for a variety of integrative research areas including energy and transportation and mobility.
State Energy Offices
State energy offices research, demonstrate, and deploy renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies; spur energy-related economic development; and promote energy security and emergency preparedness. These offices can help you locate project funding. Find your state energy office from the National Association of State Energy Officials website.
Additional Funding Leads
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