Charge Ahead Colorado

Electric vehicle charging

Charge Ahead Colorado provides grant funding for community-based Level 2 and DC fast-charging (DCFC) electric vehicle charging stations. The objectives of Charge Ahead Colorado are to improve air quality, reduce transportation emissions and increase adoption of electric vehicles across Colorado.

All Charge Ahead Colorado applicants must read the Charge Ahead Application Guide in full prior to submitting an application. The Guide is intended to lead participants through Charge Ahead’s funding process.

CEO will provide grant funding through Charge Ahead Colorado for the cost of a charging station project up to the following set maximums:

EV Charging Station Power Level CEO Funding Incentive
Level 2 - Dual Port, Fleet 80% $6,000
Level 2 - Dual Port  80% $9,000
*Level 2 - Dual Port, Income Qualified (IQ) 90% $11,500
19 - 49.9kW - Dual Port 80% $12,500
DCFC - 50 - 99kW 80% $35,000
DCFC - 100kW+ 80% $50,000
**Enhanced Incentive for Qualifying Entities in Disproportionately Impacted (DI) Communities 90% +$1,000 (per station)


 











 

*For the Income Qualified (IQ) enhanced incentive, applicants can qualify through established programs, including: Housing Choice (Section 8) Vouchers, Low Income Public Housing, HUD Subsidized Project Based Section 8, Low Income Housing Tax Credit, Multifamily Housing (MFH) operated by a Housing Authority, etc.

**For the Disproportionately Impacted Community (DI) enhanced incentive, eligible applicants must fall within a disproportionately impacted community and be a DI Qualifying Entity type, which includes: Libraries, community centers, rec centers, nonprofit organizations, schools, public entities installing for the specific use of the public, places of worship, and multifamily housing (MFH) IQ eligible organizations. For DI Qualifying Entities, applicants can determine if their address is eligible for the DI enhanced incentive using the Enhanced Incentive Screening Tool.

 

All applicants will be required to incorporate Accessible Design features, per the Access Board, in order to qualify for Charge Ahead Colorado grant funding.

All applicants must also provide the minimum match requirement to be eligible for Charge Ahead Colorado grant funding, which ranges from 10-20% of total project costs depending on the organization’s eligibility for the DI and IQ enhanced incentives.

Deeded or assigned parking spaces and single family homes are not eligible for grant funding.

Please see the Application Guide for more information including a full program overview and additional details and definitions with regards to eligibility, match, and accessible design requirements.

 

Application Process

Charge Ahead Colorado has three (3) standard application funding rounds per year - in January, May and October. All public and private entities interested in installing Level 2 or DCFC stations may apply, however projects at workplaces, multifamily housing and tourist destinations are of particular interest. 

The likely maximum award that will be provided during a single standard application round is $250,000 per applicant, per round.

We encourage applicants seeking DCFC stations or large projects (multiple DCFCs, over 10 L2s, etc.) to reach out to CEO staff via “Office Hours” or their local ReCharge coach for additional information on appropriate project scale, location, power levels, prior to applying for funding.

The January standard application round will begin on January 17, 2023 and end on February 17, 2023 at 5:00 PM MT. CEO anticipates awarding approximately $3M total during this round.

Applicants can use the Charge Ahead Colorado short application all year-round, on an ongoing basis when applying for three (3) or fewer L2 charging stations, if they are either a DI Qualifying Entity, fleet, or workplace/multifamily housing community as long as the charging stations are primarily intended for employee or resident use. Charge Ahead Colorado short applications are reviewed biweekly.

 

Application

All Charge Ahead Colorado applications must be submitted online through the application portal here.

Applicants must create an account to submit an application. Please note that the name listed for the account will be the Primary Contact name submitted in the application.

For preparation purposes, Word formatted versions of the standard and short application are available for download:

PLEASE NOTE: There is a 3,000 character limit per question and there is no option to save and continue when filling out the online application. Additionally, applications cannot be edited or updated once submitted. Applicants are therefore strongly encouraged to use the Word formatted applications above to prepare their responses and then to copy and paste them into the online application portal when ready.

Applications will not be accepted via email or physical submission such as mail.

 

Q&A Period

During every standard application round, for the 1st week after the round opens, CEO will have a Q&A period where questions can be submitted through the Charge Ahead Colorado Q&A Form.

CEO will then post public responses to all of the questions received during the Q&A period 3 days after the Q&A round closes. 

Find responses to questions submitted during the January Q&A period here.

 

Procurement & Vendors

Charge Ahead Colorado will not fund retroactive projects. Projects must seek approval for funding through the application process, receive notice of an award, and an executed Purchase Order from CEO prior to implementing or contracting for any aspect of a project that will be submitted for reimbursement.

Charge Ahead Colorado does not have preferred or qualified vendors though vendors must meet minimum Reporting Requirements as identified in Section VIII of the Application Guide. Vendors that have participated in CEO’s Charge Ahead Colorado vendor training can be found here.

If you are a vendor that would like to participate in CEO’s Charge Ahead Colorado vendor training, please fill out this form.

 

Background

Since its inception in 2013, the Charge Ahead Colorado grant program has made awards for more than 2,000 EV charging stations across the state. Historically, the program was jointly administered by the Regional Air Quality Council and the Colorado Energy Office. The program became solely administered by CEO in 2022. 

Beginning in October 2022, the Colorado Energy Office implemented new incentives for 19 - 49.9 kW charging stations, as well as enhanced incentives for Income Qualified, and Disproportionately Impacted Communities. These program updates were shared via Zoom webinar on September 23, 2022. 

The presentation and recording can be found here (there have since been a few additional program updates):

Details on charging stations and EV growth in Colorado can be found at EValuateCO. To find a list of charging stations near you, visit the Alternative Fuels Data Center or PlugShare.

For more information about Charge Ahead Colorado, contact Zahra Al-Saloom, Colorado Energy Office, at zahra.al-saloom@state.co.us or (720) 682-7693.

For future updates or announcements on the Charge Ahead Program, sign up via our Constant Contact form.