SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Environmental Quality is offering $4.9 million in grants to businesses, nonprofits and some government entities to purchase and install electric vehicle charging stations throughout the state.
Grants are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The 2019 Legislature directed the department’s Division of Air Quality to oversee the incentive program that offers funding for the Level 2 and DC fast chargers. Eligible entities will be able to apply online beginning Monday.
“Expanding electric vehicle fleets will go a long way to improve air quality,’’ Mat Carlile, who administers the program for the division, said in a statement. “This is one way to encourage people to look at electric vehicles as an alternative to gasoline and other petroleum-based vehicles.”
Agencies within the executive branch of the state are excluded from participating. They, however, are eligible for a separate financial assistance program being administered by the Department of Administrative Services.
The amount awarded to these organizations will vary. Each successful applicant will receive up to 50% of the total cost of the purchase and installation of charging stations. Businesses and nonprofit organizations may receive up to a $75,000 reimbursement, while there is no maximum amount for nonstate government entities.
The grant requires that the equipment be installed and fully operational within two years of preliminary approval of the grant.
Interested parties must submit a completed application with the required documentation at evse.utah.gov; receive preliminary approval; and, following project completion, submit final documentation for final approval and reimbursement.
For more information, visit evse.utah.gov.