Burns: State grants available for alternative fuel transportation

EBENSBURG, June 21 – State Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, is advising 72nd Legislative District entities that the state Department of Environmental Protection is accepting grant applications for innovative, advanced fuel and vehicle technology projects that produce cleaner advanced alternative transportation within the state.

The Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program can assist school districts, municipal authorities, nonprofits, corporations, LLCs, and partnerships registered to do business in Pennsylvania by offsetting the costs of implementing alternative fuel-using transportation projects.

DEP is offering AFIG grants in the following categories: 

  • Vehicle Retrofit or Purchase – To offset the incremental cost of purchasing alternative fuel vehicles or retrofitting existing vehicles to operate on alternative fuels;

  • Alternative Fuel Refueling Infrastructure – To assist in the costs to purchase and install refueling equipment for fleet and workplace, home or intermediary refueling; and

  • Innovative Technology – To support research, training, development, and demonstration of new alternative fuels and alternative fuel vehicles.

DEP will accept AFIG applications throughout 2017, but the first submission period deadline is 4 p.m. Friday, July 14, and the second submission deadline is 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15.

AFIG guidelines and application instructions are available at http://www.dep.pa.gov/Citizens/GrantsLoansRebates/Alternative-Fuels-Incentive-Grant/Pages/default.aspx .

Applications must be submitted online through the eGrants system at https://www.ahs.dep.pa.gov/eGrants/GrantPrograms.aspx

Help can also be obtained by contacting Burns’ Ebensburg office at (814) 472-8021.