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Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program; Grant Opportunity

[47 Pa.B. 3043]
[Saturday, May 27, 2017]

 The Department of Environmental Protection (Department), Office of Pollution Prevention and Energy Assistance announces an opportunity to apply for grants under the Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant (AFIG) Program to improve air quality in this Commonwealth and reduce consumption of imported oil by using homegrown alternative fuels that will also benefit the economy and environment in this Commonwealth. The Department is seeking applications for innovative, advanced fuel and vehicle technology projects that will result in cleaner advanced alternative transportation within this Commonwealth.

 Approximately $5 million in grants will be available for school districts, municipal authorities, political subdivisions, nonprofit entities, corporations, limited liability companies or partnerships incorporated or registered in this Commonwealth to support:

 • 50% of incremental cost expenses relative to retrofitting vehicles to operate on alternative fuels as a bi-fuel, dual-fuel, hybrid or dedicated vehicle.

 • 50% of incremental cost expenses to purchase bi-fuel, dual-fuel, hybrid or dedicated vehicles.

 • The cost to purchase and install the necessary fleet refueling or workplace, home or intermediary refueling equipment for bi-fuel, dual-fuel, hybrid or dedicated vehicles.

 • The cost to perform research, training, development and demonstration of new applications or next-phase technology related to alternative fuel vehicles.

 New this year, the AFIG Program will remain open to receive proposals throughout the 2017 calendar year. Instead of one deadline for acceptance of applications for the year, AFIG now has two submission periods, during which prospective applicants may submit applications for consideration. AFIG will accept applications at any time during the year and evaluate the applications received after each submission period and determine awards. Project applications received during the first submission period that do not receive an award can be resubmitted immediately for consideration during the next submission period in accordance with the AFIG Program rules.

 AFIG guidelines and application instructions are available on the Department web site at http://www.dep.pa.gov (select ''Citizens,'' then ''Grants, Loans and Rebates,'' then ''Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant''). Applications must be submitted online through the eGrants system. Visit www.ahs.dep.pa.gov/eGrants/index.aspx (select ''Find a Grant Program,'' scroll down to ''AFIG'' and select ''Apply for this grant'').

 The application period opens on May 27, 2017, and will remain open throughout 2017. The Department will hold two submission periods. The first submission period deadline will occur on Friday, July 14, 2017, at 4 p.m. and the second submission period deadline will occur on Friday, December 15, 2017, at 4 p.m. Applications submitted by mail or facsimile will not be accepted.

PATRICK McDONNELL, 
Secretary

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 17-884. Filed for public inspection May 26, 2017, 9:00 a.m.]



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