Incentives in Colorado:

  • Charge Ahead Colorado typically has three application rounds per year in January, May and October. The next round of funding opens in January. Public and private entities interested in installing a level II or DC fast charging station are encouraged to apply. More information on the Charge Ahead Grant is available here. Denver Metro Clean Cities can help you with your grant application! Contact us for more information on assisting you with your grant application .


  • The ALT Fuels Colorado grants is closed. Stay tuned for more information regarding another funding round. This program uses VW Settlement funding to incentivize the purchase of fully electric or renewable natural gas (RNG) powered Class 8 Local Freight Trucks (Heavy-Duty), Class 4-7 Local Freight Trucks (Medium-Duty), Class 4-8 School and Shuttle Buses, railroad freight switchers, airport ground support equipment, heavy forklifts and port cargo handling equipment. ALT Fuel Colorado information available here.


  • The EPA has announced the availability of up to $3 million dollars in federal grant money for local environmental education projects as part of the 2020 Environmental Education Grants Program. The stated goal is that funded projects will increase public awareness on various environmental matters and enhance participants’ abilities to make informed decisions on environmental issues. Applications for this RFA are due on January 6, 2020. See this link for additional information about the grant conditions and application process. Eligible applicants include local education agencies, state education or environmental agencies, colleges or universities, certain non-profit organizations, noncommercial educational broadcasting entities, and tribal education agencies. More information and the official notice are also available on the EPA website.


  • The U.S. Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office has published a notice of intent to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) titled “Fiscal Year 2020 Advanced Vehicle Technologies Research FOA.” The FOA will support a broad portfolio of advanced vehicle technologies that can strengthen national security, enable future economic growth, support American energy dominance, and increase transportation affordability for all Americans. This FOA may include the following topics:
    • Lithium-Ion Batteries using Silicon-Based Anode
    • Low Cost Electric Traction Drive Systems Using No Heavy Rare Earth Materials
    • Utility Managed Smart Charging
    • Platinum Group Metals Content Reduction to Enable Cost-Effective Aftertreatment for Gasoline and Diesel Engines
    • Improved Efficiency of Medium- and Heavy-Duty Natural Gas and Propane (LPG) Engines
    • Energy-Efficient Off-Road Technologies Directly Applicable to Agriculture Sector and/or Other Off-Road Vehicles
    • Lightweight and High-Performance Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composites for Vehicle Applications
    • Energy Efficient Mobility Systems
    • Technology Integration
    • Transportation and Energy Analysis


  • Energy Department Announces Notice of Intent to Issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement on H2@Scale New Markets.
    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a Notice of Intent (NOI) to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to advance innovations that will build new markets for H2@Scale. Transformational R&D and innovative concepts for new H2@Scale markets will be key to expanding hydrogen opportunities and converting them into market solutions that benefit the American people and provide added value for the economy.
    Potential topics under the FOA include:
    • Electrolyzer Manufacturing R&D
    • Advanced Carbon Fiber for Compressed Storage Tanks
    • Fuel Cell R&D for Heavy-Duty Applications
    • H2@Scale New Markets R&D—HySteel
    • H2@Scale New Markets Demonstrations
    • Training and Workforce Development
    This FOA supports the vision of affordable and large-scale production, storage, transport and utilization of hydrogen in the United States.


  • Today, ARPA-E issued a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for up to $50 million in funding for a new program, Seeding Critical Advances for Leading Energy technologies with Untapped Potential (SCALEUP). The SCALEUP program aims to support the scaling of high-risk and potentially disruptive ARPA-E funded technologies across the full spectrum of energy applications.

    Start-ups, as well as large and small businesses, leveraging subject inventions that have resulted from ARPA-E awards are eligible and encouraged to apply to the SCALEUP FOA. SCALEUP seeks technology that ARPA-E has previously funded for which the proof-of-concept R&D challenges have been addressed. Finalists selected for the SCALEUP award will demonstrate a path to viability and be well positioned for investment from the private sector (venture, strategic, philanthropic, internal, etc.).

    The SCALEUP program will work to advance promising energy technologies that require scale-up or pre-pilot projects to enable a path to market and ultimately lead to realized commercial impact. The SCALEUP award selection process consists of three phases: 1) preliminary application submissions, resulting in selection of semi-finalists; 2) semi-finalists who will be invited to submit full applications, resulting in selection of finalists; 3) finalists, who will be invited to provide oral presentations, leading to award selections.

    In addition, to support eligible start-ups and small businesses, the SCALEUP FOA offers an optional fixed-amount of up to $150,000 for the development of internal frameworks and infrastructure needed for SCALEUP projects.

    For more information on ARPA-E’s SCALEUP program, click here. The deadline to submit a preliminary application is 9:30 a.m. ET on February 14, 2020. Additional information, including the full FOA and application requirements, is available on ARPA-E’s online application portal, ARPA-E eXCHANGE.


Charge Ahead Colorado

This grant program will fund 80% of the incremental cost, up to $8,260/vehicle, of a plug-in electric vehicle for entities located within the seven-county Denver Metro area that are ineligible for the state tax credit. The grant will also cover 80% of project costs associated with charging stations, up to $6,260 for Level 2 and $16,000 for Level 3 chargers, for entities located throughout the state. The grant is jointly administered by the Colorado Energy Office and Regional Air Quality Council. Full details and information can be found at their website.

  • Application rounds every 3 months

ALT Fuels Colorado

This grant program will fund 80% of the equipment cost associated with compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations, up to $500,000. The grant will also fund propane and DC fast charging stations, up to $50,000, if they are co-located at an awarded CNG station. This portion of the grant is being administered by the Colorado Energy Office. The application and full details can be found at their website.

  • Application rounds every 6 months

ALT Fuels Colorado will also fund up to 80% of the incremental cost for natural gas, propane, or plug-in electric vehicles over 6,000 lbs. Vehicles must operate within Colorado’s federally-designated ozone non-attainment or carbon monoxide maintenance areas at least 60% of the time (program area map). Funding caps are set according to vehicle weight classes, and differ among public or private organizations. This portion of the grant is being administered by the Regional Air Quality Council. The application and full details can be found at their website.

  • There will be three funding cycles per year through the end of 2017

Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) Alternative Fuels Funding Program

In partnership with the Colorado Energy Office and Regional Air Quality Council, DOLA’s Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Program Tier II application cycle will fund alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs), alternative fuel infrastructure, and maintenance facility upgrades that support AFVs. Only public entities (local governments and special districts) qualify. Infrastructure projects require a 25% minimum match. For vehicles, 100% of the incremental cost between an AFV and it’s conventional equivalent would be funded. Full details and applications can be found at their website.

  • Applications due three times a year: April 1, August 1, December 1

RAQC Grant Opportunity

Are you interested in converting your lawn & garden equipment?

The Regional Air Quality Council is now requesting applications to fund the purchase of low emission, commercial-grade, lawn and garden equipment. Eligible entities include public agencies within the Denver Metro/North Front Range 9-county ozone non-attainment area. This online application will be open continuously until funding is expended. Funding is available on a first-come-first-served basis with a minimum award of $1,000 and maximum award of $15,000 per entity. Grant funding will cover:

  • Up to 50% of the purchase price of a battery electric hand held equipment, batteries, and chargers.
  • *$2,000 towards the purchase of a battery-powered commercial grade lawn mower.
  • *$1,000 towards the purchase of a propane powered commercial grade lawn mower.

If you are interested in applying for this grant opportunity, please apply through the RAQC online application.

Colorado State Tax Credits

Colorado offers a substantial tax credit for alternative fuel vehicles that are purchased new or converted, as well as idle reduction equipment, aerodynamic technologies, and clean fuel refrigerated trailers. Tax credits are categorized according to the fuel or technology type and vehicle weight class, and each category has a credit cap ranging anywhere from $6,000-$20,000. Details can be located on the Refuel Colorado website or by reviewing the Department of Revenue’s guidance document, FY Income 67. For assistance, don’t hesitate to contact Clean Cities at


Additional Policies and Incentives

Above are some of the main incentives, but additional policies and incentives can be found on the Refuel Colorado website or the Alternative Fuel Data Center.

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