The Biden-Harris Administration has opened applications for its $2.5 billion Charging and Fueling Infrastructure (CFI) Discretionary Grant Program. This program is part of the Biden Administration’s goal of growing the national charging network to 500,000 EV stations by 2030. The CFI Discretionary Grant Program will fund the installation of Electric vehicle chargers and alternative fuel infrastructure in communities, highways, interstates, and major roadways in the United States.
The CFI Discretionary Grant Program is divided into two categories: the Community Program and the Corridor Program. The Community Program is open to applicants seeking to install EV charging, hydrogen, propane, or national gas fueling stations on public roads or publicly accessible locations like parking lots, public schools, or public parks. Meanwhile, the Corridor Program is open to applicants seeking to install EV charging, hydrogen, propane, or national gas fueling stations along the designated alternative fuel corridors (AFCs).
The grant program will provide $2.5 billion over the next five years to applicants, including cities, counties, local governments, and Tribes. For the first round of applications, the Administration has provided $1.25 billion to each category. Applications for the CFI Program are due on May 30, 2023. To determine eligibility, applicants can click the following link for the CFI Program’s Notice of Funding Opportunity.
The program is essential to President Biden’s goal of growing the national charging network to 500,000 EV stations. Last month, Biden recognized Tesla’s significant contribution to the United States national charging network. The CFI Discretionary Grant Program compliments the Administration’s $5 billion National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula program. The NEVI Formula Program releases funds to states, Puerto Rico and DC to build EV chargers and alternative fuel stations across specific Interstates, U.S. routes, and state highways.
The CFI Discretionary Grant Fund aims to fill in gaps that the NEVI Formula Program might not support monetarily. The program has potential to improve access to and use of alternative fuels, reduce emissions, and create jobs in the process. The Administration is now accepting applications for the CFI Discretionary Grant Program and encourages applicants to take advantage of this opportunity to help build our nation’s EV charging infrastructure.