$8 Million in Funding Available for Businesses and Organizations

WEST CHESTER (March 5) –State Senator Andy Dinniman encouraged local municipalities, school districts, businesses and nonprofit organizations to take advantage of Pennsylvania’s Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant (AFIG) program.

The program opened March 1 and an estimated $8 million in grants is now available to eligible applicants.

“This important program offers grants to local governments, companies, schools and nonprofits that use alternative fuels in their vehicles,” Dinniman said. “The goal is not only to improve our air quality but also to reduce our dependence on foreign oil through the use of homegrown alternatives.”

Grant funds are available for the conversion or purchase of natural gas vehicles weighing 26,000 pounds or less, as well as the conversion or purchase of electric, propane or other alternative fuel vehicles of any size.

Applicants interested in purchasing or converting only one or two alternative fuel vehicles are encouraged to partner with other eligible applicants to aggregate vehicles into a single application, which will satisfy the grant’s five-vehicle minimum.

Grant applications will also be accepted for innovation technology projects that include research, training, development and demonstration of new applications or next phase technology related to alternative transportation fuels and alternative fuel vehicles. 

Applications are due by May 30, 2014, by 4 p.m. Grants will be awarded in the fall.

The AFIG fund was established under Act 166, and is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Energy Assistance.

Potential applicants are encouraged to participate in a related webinar, scheduled for Tuesday, March 11 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

To register for the webinar, complete the online grant application or learn more about the AFIG grant program, visit www.dep.state.pa.us, keyword: AFIG.

For more information contact Senator Dinniman’s Office at 610-692-2112.

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