The Federal Highway Administration recently announced the first round of funding for the Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Discretionary Grant Program (CFI Program). The CFI Program was established by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which authorized $2.5 billion to be given out over five years for two categories of cost-reimbursement grants: (i) a Community Program designed to fund the deployment of EV charging and alternative fueling infrastructure on public roads, schools, parks and in publicly accessible parking facilities; and (ii) a Corridor Program designed to fund the deployment of EV charging and alternative fueling infrastructure along designated federal highway corridors.
The first round of CFI Program funding provides a total of $700 million for FY 2022 and FY 2023. FHWA indicates that it will prioritize the funding of projects that address environmental justice, particularly for communities in rural and low- and moderate-income neighborhoods. Entities that are eligible to apply for funding under the CFI Program include states, cities, towns, state and local government organizations, transportation authorities and Indian tribes. Dealers and dealer trade associations are not eligible to apply directly for these grants, however eligible entities seeking Community Program grants may use up to 5 percent of any amount awarded to develop and implement education programs through partnerships designed to support the use of zero-emission vehicles and corresponding alternative refueling infrastructure. The minimum grant award under the Community Program is $500,000 and the maximum is $15 million.Download Bulletin PDF