Charge Program

Updated 2/16/2018

Apply for funding for electric vehicle, or EV, charging stations.

Updated 2/16/2018


The application deadline for Charge! has been extended to March 9, 2018.

The Air District is pleased to announce the Charge! Program, an incentive program that offers grant funding to help offset a portion of the cost of purchasing and installing new publicly available electric vehicle, or EV, charging stations within the Air District’s jurisdiction.

The goal of the Charge! Program is to rapidly expand access to EV charging stations to help achieve the Bay Area’s EV-adoption goals of 110,000 EVs by 2020, 247,000 EVs by 2025, and 90 percent of the overall vehicle fleet by 2050. As of December 2016, there are approximately 83,000 EVs registered to Bay Area drivers.

This program is funded through the Air District’s Transportation Fund for Clean Air Regional Fund, which provides grants to improve air quality within the nine-county Bay Area by reducing emissions of criteria pollutants from on-road vehicles.

An initial allocation of $5 million is available, and funding will be awarded to qualifying projects on a first-come, first-served basis.

The deadline to apply is March 9, 2018.


Both public and private entities are eligible. For a full list of eligibility requirements, see the Charge! Program Application Guidance.

How to Apply

Please read the Charge! Program Application Guidance completely before applying; incomplete applications will not be evaluated.

Workshops (Mandatory) and Events

Applicants must attend at least one mandatory pre-application workshop before submitting an application. Each workshop will be held online via webinar and is limited to 100 attendees. Registration is required.

The workshops will cover Charge! Program requirements, the application process and evaluation criteria, and grantee/project sponsor’s administrative requirements. The following workshops have been scheduled:

  • Thursday, March 1, 2018, 2 PM - 3 PM (Register)

Based on demand, additional workshops may be scheduled in the future. Notices about additional pre-application workshops will be sent via e-mail to parties that have signed up to receive free TFCA email alerts.  


Did you know that you may qualify for Low Carbon Fuel Standard, or LCFS, credits to help offset the cost of operating the charging stations? For more information, please visit the California Air Resources Board LCFS Electricity and Hydrogen Provisions web page.

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Last Updated: 2/16/2018