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.

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

EV Charging Station Power Level Match Incentive
Level 2 - Fleet 80% $6,000
Level 2 - Dual Port  80% $9,000
*Level 2 - Dual Port (Income Qualified Incentive) 90% $11,500
Level 2  - Dual Port (19-25kW) 80% $12,500
DCFC - Under 100kW 80% $35,000
DCFC - Over 100kW 80% $50,000
**Enhanced incentive for disproportionately impacted communities 90% +$1,000


 












*For the Income Qualified (IQ) 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, operated by a Housing Authority, etc.

**To be eligible for the Disproportionately Impacted Community (DI) enhanced incentive, applicants must fall within a disproportionately impacted community and be a qualifying entity type, including: Libraries, community centers, rec centers, non-profits, schools, public entities for the specific use of the public, places of worship, & multifamily housing (MFH) IQ eligible organizations

 
Applicants can determine if their address is eligible using the Enhanced Incentive Screening Tool.

The likely maximum award that will be provided during a single application round is $150,000 - $250,000 per applicant per round.

Please see the Application Guide for more information.

Charge Ahead Colorado has three application rounds per year - in January, May and October. All public and private entities interested in installing Level 2 or DCFC stations may apply, however applications for stations at workplaces, multifamily housing and tourist destinations are of particular interest. We encourage applicants seeking DCFC stations or very large projects to reach out to CEO staff via Office Hours or their local ReCharge coach for additional information on appropriate project scale, location, power levels, etc.

CEO anticipates awarding approximately $3M during the October application round (October 19, 2022 - November 16, 2022, 5:00 PM MT)

 

Application

The funding round for the Charge Ahead Colorado Standard Application begins on October 19, 2022 and ends on November 16, 2022, 5:00 PM MT. The Charge Ahead Colorado Short Application for workplaces or multifamily housing installing three or fewer stations are accepted year-round and are reviewed on a biweekly basis.

All applications must be completed and submitted online 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, a Word formatted application can be downloaded here. During the October application period, applications will not be able to be saved and continued at a later date. Applicants are strongly encouraged to use the Word formatted version to prepare their responses and then copy and paste into the online application. The Word formatted version of the short application can be downloaded here.

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

 

Q&A Period

Responses to questions submitted between October 19th-25th are available here.

 

Procurement

Charge Ahead Colorado will not fund retroactive projects. Projects must seek approval for funding through the application process prior to implementing 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 Reporting Requirements as identified in Section VIII of the Application Guide. Vendors working in Colorado can be found here.

 

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 will implement new incentives for high-powered Level 2 chargers (19-25kW), Income Qualified, and Disproportionately Impacted Community incentives. The program updates were shared via Zoom webinar on September 23, 2022. The presentation and recording can be found here:

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 303.866.4472.

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