Charge Program

Updated 10/15/2021

Apply for funding for electric vehicle charging stations.

Updated 10/15/2021

Announcement:

The Fiscal Year Ending (FYE) 2022 Charge! program is coming soon. We’re looking for public input on draft program guidance. Please submit your comments to by Monday, November 15, 2021.

The Charge! Program provides grant funding to offset the cost of purchasing and installing new publicly accessible (multi-unit dwelling located projects are not subject to public accessibility requirements) chargers for light-duty electric vehicles (EVs) at workplaces, destinations, transit parking locations, along transportation corridors, and at multi-unit dwelling facilities. 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 the end of 2020, there were more than 210,000 EVs registered to Bay Area drivers. This program has been funded through the Air District’s Transportation Fund for Clean Air Regional Fund and Mobile Source Incentive Fund which provides grants to improve air quality within the nine-county Bay Area by reducing emissions of pollutants from on-road vehicles, and may include additional funding sources as available.

FYE 2022 Charge! Program

We are pleased to announce the Air District’s 2022 Charge! Program is expected to open in late 2021. In advance of the solicitation release, the Air District has developed a draft guidance document and is seeking comment from interested parties. Please submit your comments on the draft guidance document to by Monday, November 15, 2021.

A total $7 million in grant funding is expected to be available for organizations, including governments, businesses, and nonprofits. Charge! will be a competitive solicitation and all complete applications will be scored and ranked. The Air District will prioritize projects that install EV charging at multi-unit dwellings (specifically affordable and below market rate housing sites), and projects located in AB617 communities (current and future – West Oakland, Richmond -San Pablo, East Oakland, San Leandro, Eastern San Francisco, Pittsburg-Bay Point, San Jose, Tri-Valley, and Vallejo). A minimum of 60% of the total available Charge! Program funding will be awarded to projects located in Disadvantaged Communities (SB535) Low-income, ½ mile buffer areas (AB1550), as defined by CalEnviroscreen 3.0.

Interested partners list

The Air District will facilitate “match making“ between project applicants and potential site hosts by posting an interested partner list (linked above) for those interested.

For Site Hosts:
If your organization is interested in installing EV chargers (as a site host), the Air District will publish a list of interested partners/vendors for you to contact.

For Vendors/Applicants:
If you are a potential applicant and interested in connecting with site hosts, please provide the following information to :

  • Organization Name
  • Contact Information (Name, Title, Phone, Email, Address)
  • Description of intended projects (facility types, charger types, and county locations)

Questions & Answers

A program webinar will be held to provide an overview of this solicitation and answer questions from interested parties. Because this is a competitive solicitation questions will be answered in writing, and during the webinar but no additional meetings will be granted during the solicitation period (starting when the application is released). Written questions will be accepted by email until approximately 2 weeks prior to the close of the application period and should be sent to with the subject line “RE: Charge! Program.” Responses to all of the written questions received will be collected and posted on the Program website throughout the Program solicitation.

This webpage will be updated over the next few months with additional information including the Program Guidance documents and online application when the application period opens. Use the form at the bottom of the page to sign up for the email Charge! program email list.

FYE 2021 Charge! Program

The FYE 2021 Charge! program solicitation is now closed. Applications have been evaluated and scored. Results can be found on the 2021 Charge! rank list.

Updated 10/15/2021

Resources

Reports

  • All reports are being accepted through the Fluxx Grants Management System. If you’re an existing grantee, please contact to request your account login information.

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: 10/15/2021