Request for Applications: EV Market Stimulation in Divested Economies

Join us in our proposal to the U.S. Department of Energy to invest in electrification projects in historically under-funded areas.

This Request for Applications will select applicants to join MEC’s proposal to the U.S. Department of Energy under the Funding Opportunity Announcement titled Low Greenhouse Gas Vehicle Technologies Research, Development, Demonstration and Deployment (DE-FOA-0002475), Area of Interest 1.

The proposed project, Electric Vehicle Market Stimulation in Divested Economies, will leverage investments by industry and municipal agencies to put to work the emerging and mature plug-in hybrid and electric vehicle (PEV) technology within a broad and equitable market in Kansas and Missouri.

This RFA is limited to electric vehicle and electric vehicle charging installments, as well as related outreach programs, that will achieve significant reductions in pollution emitted from vehicles. We are primarily targeting organizations operating within environmental justice areas and other underserved areas to install public charging infrastructure, or to electrify their heavy vehicles, especially those operating at low speeds in or adjacent to residential neighborhoods. Emissions from heavy vehicles and off-road machinery contribute to asthma rates and family illness, keeping people away from jobs and school; early deaths; and other health and social impacts.

Volunteer cost sharing from some organizations will be leveraged to reduce the cost of participation for under-capitalized organizations.

Funding and Cost-Sharing Summary

We tentatively plan to program approximately $6 million in federal funds through cost shared projects. In order to meet our goals to provide direct funding and benefits to underserved communities, we anticipate programming funds with the following cost splits.

  • Approximately 4,250,000 in federal funds for cost-shared projects (at approx. 60 local / 40 federal)
    • i.e. $10,650,000 in total project costs breaks down to $6,390,000 local share (60% of total) and $4,260,000 federal share (40%)
  • Approximately 1,700,000 in federal funds for cost-shared projects (at approx. 15 local / 85 federal)
    • i.e. $2 million in total project costs breaks down to $300,000 local (15% of total) and $1,700,000 federal share (85%)
  • Applicant maximum federal request is increased to $850,000 (corrected RFA guidance document to come)
RFA Issue Date: 6/8/2021
Pre-Application Meeting: 6/16/2021 10:00am CST
RFA Questions Deadline: 6/21/2021
RFA Submission Deadline: 6/29/2021 2:00PM CST
Expected Date for MEC Selection Notification (indicates inclusion in MEC’s application to U.S. DOE): 7/6/2021
Expected Timeframe for Award Negotiations (dependent on MEC’s selection for award by U.S. Dept of Energy): November 2021

Request for Applications

MEC RFA guidance doc (click to download PDF)

Application Form (click to download PDF form)

Budget Workbook (click to download Excel Doc)

Letter of Commitment template (click to download Word Doc)

Staff Assistance

MEC transportation program staff is available to assist applicants. Contact David Albrecht for assistance if needed. David will not participate in project selection.

Informational Webinar

An informational webinar was conducted on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. Those not able to attend live may access the recording, below.

To Watch Recorded Webinar

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/8302085062578537483

Additional Resources

Underserved and Environmental Justice: Definitions and Resources (coming soon)

Available Electric Vehicles and Upfits (coming soon)

Webinar: How to Apply to Funding Opportunities with MEC (general help with using our application forms)

U.S. Dept of Energy DE-FOA-0002475 (information about the underlying grant program we are applying to)

Electrify Heartland (statewide vehicle electrification programs for Kansas and Missouri)

MEC Projects (other projects we manage or participate in, including several related to EV)

Sign up for RFA Information: EV Market Stimulation

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