GFO-22-607- Light-Duty Vehicle and Multi-Use Hydrogen Refueling Infrastructure

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This is a competitive grant solicitation. The California Energy Commission’s (CEC’s) Clean Transportation Program announces the availability of up to $27 million in grant funds for projects that will provide publicly available hydrogen refueling stations to enable continued growth of the California fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) market. 


This is a competitive grant solicitation. The California Energy Commission’s (CEC’s) Clean Transportation Program announces the availability of up to $27 million in grant funds for projects that will provide publicly available hydrogen refueling stations to enable continued growth of the California fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) market. Solicitation objectives are to:

·       Provide funding to support additional hydrogen refueling stations to achieve the goal of 200 stations by 2025 per Executive Order B-48-18. Prior to the release of this solicitation, the CEC counts 176 stations already funded.

·       Bring hydrogen fueling to areas of California currently without a hydrogen refueling station.

·       Support fuel cell deployment in multiple vehicle market segments in addition to personal passenger FCEVs, including fuel cell electric trucks (FCETs) for goods movement and fuel cell electric buses (FCEBs) for public transportation.

·       Foster an excellent customer experience at each station.

·       Encourage increased transparency and use of renewable hydrogen from direct sources.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Business
  • Individual
  • Nonprofit
  • Public Agency
  • Tribal Government

This solicitation is open to all public and private entities.

To be eligible, Applicants (or key project partners) shall:

Employ key personnel for the proposed project with a minimum of three (3) years of experience designing, planning, constructing, testing, operating, or maintaining hydrogen refueling stations or other pressurized gaseous fueling stations.

Matching Funding Requirement:

Applications must include a minimum 50 percent total match share of the eligible project costs.

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Week: April 24, 2023
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Until funds expire

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Funding Source Notes:

The Budget Act of 2021 (AB 128, Ting, Chapter 21, Statutes of 2021, as amended by Senate Bill (SB) 129, Skinner, Chapter 69, Statutes of 2021 and SB 170, Skinner, Chapter 240, Statutes of 2021) appropriated $785,000,000 from the General Fund to support infrastructure deployments and manufacturing projects for zero-emission light-duty and medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.

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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:
Natalie Johnson, 1-916-891-8523,