GFO-21-602 – IDEAL ZEV Workforce Pilot

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This is a competitive grant solicitation. The California Energy Commission’s and the California Air Resources Board  announce the availability of up to $6,815,000 in grant funds for projects that will provide workforce training and development that support zero-emission vehicles (ZEV), ZEV infrastructure, and ZEV-related commercial technologies in California.



Proposed projects should demonstrate community and employer engagement and a path toward ZEV jobs in the State. The Inclusive, Diverse, Equitable, Accessible, and Local (IDEAL) ZEV Workforce Pilot focuses investments on and provides benefits to priority communities.

Key goals of this investment include:

Supporting training in ZEV industries.
Aligning workforce projects in ZEV deployment areas for growth and scale.
Making training specifically available to priority communities.
Preparing dislocated, unemployed, and new workforce entrants for ZEV careers.
Accrue environmental and socioeconomic benefits to California.

Priority populations include residents of (1) census tracts identified as disadvantaged per Senate Bill 535, (2) census tracts identified as low-income per Assembly Bill 1550, or (3) a low-income household per Assembly Bill 1550.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Nonprofit
  • Public Agency
  • Tribal Government

This solicitation is open to all California public entities, private entities, community-based organizations (CBO), non-profits (NP), non-governmental organizations (NGOs), California Community Colleges, California State Universities, the University of California, California Native American Tribes, and California Tribal Organizations.

Ineligible applicants include California state agencies, boards, and commissions.


Eligible Geographies:

The Applicant does not need to have its company headquarters in California, but it must have at least one existing physical office within the State of California.

Matching Funding Requirement:

There is a 5 percent (5%) match share requirement for this solicitation.

There is no (0%) match share requirement for California Native American Tribes and California Tribal Organizations.

Important Dates

The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantmaker. Time listed as “00:00” equates to midnight.
The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
January 2022
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
Until funds expire

Funding Details

The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
A single grant opportunity may represent one or many awards. Some grantors may know in advance the exact number of awards to be given. Others may indicate a range. Some may wish to and wait until the application period closes before determining how many awards to offer; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Grant opportunities representing multiple awards may offer awards in the same amount or in varied amounts. Some may wish to wait until the application period closes before determining per-award amounts; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.
The funding source allocated to fund the grant. It may be either State or Federal (or a combination of both), and be tied to a specific piece of legislation, a proposition, or a bond number.
  • State

Funding Source Notes:

Assembly Bill (AB) 118 (Núñez, Chapter 750, Statutes of 2007), created the Clean Transportation Program (also known as the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program).

The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Reimbursement(s)

Funding Method Notes:

Funds are disbursed on a reimbursement basis (where the Recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor).

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.


For questions about this grant, contact:
Kevyn Piper, 1-916-827-9241,