Charge Program

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


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


The Charge! Program provides grant funding to offset the cost of purchasing and installing new publicly accessible* chargers for light-duty electric vehicles, or EVs, at workplaces, destinations, transit parking locations, along transportation corridors, and at multi-unit dwelling facilities. A total $6 million in grant funding is available for organizations, including governments, businesses, and nonprofits.

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 January 2020, there are approximately 203,000 EVs registered to Bay Area drivers.

This program is 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.

* Multi-unit dwelling located projects are not subject to public accessibility requirements.

Updates to FYE 2021 Charge! Program

Several modifications have been made to the Charge! Program. For FYE 2021, it will include the following requirements and components:

  • Competitive solicitationCharge! will be a competitive solicitation. All projects will be scored and ranked.
    • Prioritization - Projects located at multi-unit dwelling, AB617 communities, communities for future AB617 consideration, and in regions with lower EV charger density will receive higher prioritization.
    • AB617 communities and future AB617 considerations include: West Oakland, Richmond-San Pablo, East Oakland/ San Leandro, Eastern San Francisco, Pittsburg-Bay Point area, San Jose, Tri-Valley area, and Vallejo. For more information, please visit the Air District's Community Health Protection Grant Program web page.
  • Usage requirements at multi-unit dwelling and AB617 communitiesCharge! projects located at multi-unit dwelling and AB617 communities may qualify for reduced usage requirements.
  • Minimum qualifying grant amounts – the minimum qualifying grant for each project proposal has been raised to $1,000,000, except for government sponsored projects and projects exclusively located at multi-unit dwelling, which must qualify for a minimum of $10,000.
  • Online applicationCharge! proposals will be accepted through a new online platform. A link and user guide will be posted to this web page.

Interested Partners List for Charge! Program

As the Charge! Program will migrate to a competitive format, and some project proposal are expected to be awarded over $1 million in grant funding, the Air District will facilitate “match making“ between project applicants and potential site hosts.

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 Charge! Administrator, :

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

Questions & Answers

The Air District is accepting questions related to the Charge! Program solicitation. All questions must be received by email. All questions and responses will be published to this website periodically.

Questions will be accepted on a rolling basis until February 24, 2021. Questions and their responses will be periodically published to this website, with the final update to be published on March 3, 2021, including questions posed during the final webinar on March 2, 2021.

Please send all questions to Charge! Administrator.


All prospective 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.

Organizations including public and private entities such as governments, private businesses, nonprofit organizations, and home-owner associations.

Workshops (Mandatory)

All prospective 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.

Charge! Pre-Application Workshops

  • December 17, 2020, 10AM –11AM (Register)
  • January 14, 2021, 1PM – 2PM (Register)
  • February 11, 2021, 1PM – 2PM (Register)
  • March 2, 2021, 1PM – 2PM (Register)

Additional pre-application workshops may be scheduled. 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).

Application Process

  1. Information and Application
    Potential applicant reviews information, attends a mandatory webinar, and applies online.
  2. Application Evaluation
    Eligibility and site information are assessed.
  3. Award
    Qualified applications are notified of the grant award amount.
  4. Construction
    Charging infrastructure is installed in parking spaces.
  5. Utilization
    Chargers operational and maintained for at least 3 years.



  • 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: 9/20/2018