Charge Program

Updated 10/19/2018

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


The FYE 2018 Charge! Program has closed. The FYE 2019 Charge! Program is scheduled to reopen on October 25, 2018. Sign up to receive email notifications for future program announcements (see form at bottom of page). 

The Air District’s Charge! Program offers grant funding to offset the cost of purchasing and installing new publicly available electric vehicle charging stations within the Bay Area.

The infographic below displays the results of the Air District’s 2017-2018 Charge! Program.

Over 6.5 million dollars was awarded to projects for the installation of over 2,000 charging stations, which will reduce emissions of CO2 by 9,484 tons per year - equivalent to 968,126 gallons of gasoline. These charging stations will be installed at a variety of facility types: 61% workplace, 29% destination, 4% apartment buildings, 3% transit parking, and 3% along transportation corridors.

2018 Charge Program Results

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 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. Applicants are highly encouraged to apply as early as possible due to the popularity of the program.


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

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.

  • Thursday, October 25, 2018, 10AM – 11AM (Register)
  • Thursday, November 29, 2018, 1PM – 2PM (Register)
  • Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 10AM – 11AM (Register)
  • Tuesday, January 8, 2019, 1PM – 2PM (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 people who have signed up for email alerts (see form at bottom of page).

How to Apply

Please read the Charge! Program Application Guidance completely before applying; incomplete applications may result in delayed evaluation.


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: 10/19/2018