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CFI Round 2 Opened Today

CFI Round 2 opened today and will end at midnight of Aug 28 (Eastern time).  So it’s basically 9:00 pm, Aug 27 Pacific Time.  https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/cfi/

This round offers up to $800 M to new projects and $500M to highly ranked projects (but was not awarded) from last year.  Though $2.5 B was allocated to CFI under IRA, I worry that there won’t be another round.  So this could be the last round to apply for the CFI money.  Transit agencies, especially the ones that are planning large projects and have capacity to provide public access are strongly to consider applying for this funding. 

My team worked with VVTA last year to apply for this funding and VVTA received $12M for their Barstow station.  We are working with Palo Verde, Imperial, and Gold Coast transits this year to apply for it.  If any transit needs our input, we’ll be more than happy to support. 

In addition, CARB will provide a support letter for interested transits if we receive the request by the end of June.  Caltrans will also provide a support letter (please see below).

 Charging & Fueling Infrastructure Program (CFI) FY 24  
Caltrans Call for Letters of Support (LOS) & Partnership  
Charging & Fueling Infrastructure Program Overview

CFI is a competitive grant program created by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) to strategically deploy publicly accessible electric vehicle charging and alternative fueling infrastructure in the places people live and work. CFI investments make modern and sustainable infrastructure accessible to all users of zero-emission (ZE) and near zero-emission (NZE)vehicles. CFI is divided into two funding categories of grants: (1) Community Charging and Fueling Grants (Community Program); and (2) Alternative Fuel Corridor (AFC) Grants (Corridor Program). BIL provides $2.5 billion over five years for this program to strategically deploy electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure and other alternative fueling infrastructure projects in urban and rural communities in publicly accessible locations, including downtown areas and local neighborhoods, particularly in underserved and disadvantaged communities. The amounts to be awarded for the community and corridor programs this FY have yet to be announced. Further details are to follow as soon as the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for this FY is officially released.  

Community Grant Requirements:   Located on any public road or in other publicly accessible locations, such as parking facilities at public buildings, public schools, and public parks, or in publicly accessible parking facilities owned or managed by a private entity: Must be publicly accessible: May use funds to contract with a private entity: Must address environmental justice: Expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to expand or fill gaps in access to publicly accessible infrastructure: Must be accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities: Minimum award amount of $500,000, maximum award amount of $15 million

Corridor Grant Requirements:   Located along a designated AFC; EV charging within 1 mile and other alternative fuels within 5 miles of the AFC: Must be publicly accessible: Must use funds to contract with a private entity: Must address environmental justice: Must be accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities Minimum award amount of $1 million, no maximum award amount    *The CFI NOFO is not yet available. We anticipate the NOFO being made available June 2024.

Click the following links to download and access the Caltrans Letter of Support and Partnership templates.   If you would like a letter of support or partnership opportunity for a CFI Project signed by a Caltrans District Director, you will need to coordinate with your Caltrans District Representative to submit your request.   Visit the Office of Strategic Investment Planning website for complete resources. Copies of all LOS that were or were not signed by the District Director must be provided to OSIP for record keeping. Please include justifications.