The U.S. Department of Energy makes funding available through competitive funding opportunity announcements (FOAs), published on grants.gov or the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) exchange.
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 alternative fuels, advanced vehicle technologies, and fuel-saving strategies. Funding opportunities for Clean Cities coalition projects are available from many sources inside and outside the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
DOE's Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) has awarded nearly $460 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.
- SuperTruck 3 and Low Greenhouse Gas Vehicle Technologies Research, Development, and Deployment Funding Opportunities Provide $162 Million to Decarbonize Cars and Trucks
April 15, 2021
- Concept papers due May 13, 2021
- Full applications due July 12, 2021
- U.S. Department of Energy Provides $61 Million for Biofuels Research to Reduce Transportation Emissions
April 8, 2021
- Concept papers due April 30, 2021
- Full applications due June 21, 2021
When applying for funding, contact your Clean Cities coordinator for help in 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 numerous grant programs administered by federal government agencies, and the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) exchange for all EERE FOAs.
Requests for Information also create an opportunity for Clean Cities partners to share information that may be used for planning and decision-making purposes, including but not limited to determining potential new areas of focus, funding opportunities, analyses, and organizational frameworks.
Other Funding Opportunities
Transportation-related funding opportunities from organizations and federal agencies outside of DOE are listed below. Some of the government agencies listed have ongoing funding opportunities 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.
- Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP): The FLAP was established to improve transportation facilities that provide access to, are adjacent to, or are located within federal lands. The program supplements state and local resources for public roads, transit systems, and other transportation facilities, with an emphasis on high-use recreation sites and economic generators.
- 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.
EERE exchange is an informational hub that hosts funding opportunities admistered by DOE's EERE. EERE exchange is the only location where organizations can apply for EERE funding opportunities online. Search for open funding opportunity announcements on EERE exchange.
Environmental Protection Agency
- Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) Funding: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (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.
- 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 numerous funding opportunities administered by federal government agencies. Grants.gov allows organizations to search and apply for competitive funding opportunities online. Search for open funding announcement 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 support the adoption of alternative fuel, renewable energy, and energy-efficient technologies; spur energy-related economic development; and promote energy security and emergency preparedness. These offices can help you identify potential sources for project funding. Find your state energy office from the National Association of State Energy Officials website.
Additional Funding Opportunities
Explore additional funding opportunities from federal government agencies:
- Grants and loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development
- Loan guarantees for clean energy projects from the DOE Loan Programs Office.
Requests for Information
Current transportation-related Requests for Information are listed below when available. To suggest adding a Request for Information to this list, contact us.
No active requests are available at this time.