On Monday, November 1, 2021, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) released the Request for Applications (RFA) for the second of three planned funding opportunities in 2021 to be funded by Ohio’s allocations from the Volkswagen Diesel Mitigation Trust Fund (DMTF). The deadline for applications is January 31, 2022.

This second 2021 funding opportunity targets the installation of publicly available DC Fast Charging (DCFC) electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in Ohio’s 26 priority counties. The total funding under this grant offering is approximately $7,000,000. For chargers located on government-owned property, Ohio EPA will provide up to 100% of eligible project costs. For chargers located on non-government-owned property, Ohio EPA will provide up to 80% of eligible project costs.

Recipients of a grant for DCFC charging stations under this program are required to operate and maintain the chargers for a minimum of 5 years from the date the chargers are first put into service. Recipients will also be required to submit annual usage reports to Ohio EPA for the first five years from the date the chargers are first put into service. Full details on the RFA can be found on the Ohio EPA website.

Additionally, on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 AEP Ohio’s second round of their Electric Bus Rebate program opened for applications. This program helps fleet operators replace existing buses with electric buses at no additional cost. AEP Ohio will cover the price difference between an electric bus and a conventional replacement bus, up to $250,000 per bus. The program also helps cover the cost of charging equipment and installation, up to $4,175 each for school buses and up to $60,600 each for transit buses.

The deadline for applications for this round of AEP Ohio Electric Bus Rebate program is January 21, 2022 at 5 pm. To apply, visit aep.com/ElectricBusFunding.

Please contact Clean Fuels Ohio if you have any questions or are a fleet or other implementor interested in applying for funding under either of these funding opportunity programs. Clean Fuels Ohio can provide information resources, project competitiveness vetting, and grant writing assistance.

For more information, contact Clean Fuels Ohio’s Chief Program Officer, Andrew Conley, at Andrew@CleanFuelsOhio.org and 614-884-7336 ext. 306 or Consulting Services Manager, Brandon Jones, at Brandon@CleanFuelsOhio.org and 614-884-7336 ext. 316.