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Mini-Grant: Publically-Accessible EV Charger Network in Charlottesville

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EV Charger LogoThe City of Charlottesville created this mini-grant program from the Green City Initiatives Fund. The Green City Initiatives Fund is for use by City Council to sponsor sustainability-related pilot projects and initiatives that promote and support its Green City Vision. This mini-grant program aims to support the development of a publically-accessible EV (electric vehicle) charging network in Charlottesville with charging stations located around the City near or co-located with commercial and retail activities, easily accessible from likely entrance routes to the City, managed with reasonable rates and hours of use, and listed on publically-accessible charging locator maps and databases used by EV drivers.

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Mini-Grant (Round 6)

Applications will be accepted and evaluated on a rolling basis for Round 6 between December 1, 2014 - March 30, 2015. Subsequent rounds will be offered as funds allow.

To apply, submit a completed application form and all required attachments to

Download the:

Application Form (fillable pdf)

Eligibility Requirements (pdf)

 Amount of Funding Available and Eligibility Requirements:

A maximum of 5 grants can be requested by a single applicant, with a maximum possibility of 2 grants per property. Grant funding amounts are as follows:

Type of Charger Maximum Grant Funding Potential
Level I

Up to the lower of $3,000 or 1/3 the eligible costs per Level I location

Level II

Up to the lower of $3,000 or 1/3 the eligible costs per charger

DC Fast Charger

Up to the lower of $7,000 or 1/3 the eligible costs per charger

Eligibility Requirements (can be downloaded as a pdf file above)

  • Accessible for Use by the General Public.  Any City resident or visitor must have the ability to access and use the charger, without having to pre-register, or pre-join a network or organization.  The charger must be in a location physically accessible to the motoring public, and shall not be situated in a restricted access location.
  • Near commercial and tourist activity centers.  Charging stations must be located in areas where there are retail, restaurant, tourism and similar commercial and tourism-related activities within walking distance of the charging station (preference given to locations within ¼ mile or less).  Charging stations should be located on, or with reasonably direct access to, the City’s arterial streets.
  • Located on Private, Non-residential property.  Charging stations must be located on private property owned by the applicant. The property must be a business, commercial, or mixed-use site where parking open to the public is authorized.
  • Operating Plan, including description of user fees and charges.  Grants are reserved for charging stations that will be made available for free, or at low-cost relative to the market, to the general public.  It is envisioned that the charging stations will be implemented as a means of attracting EV drivers to visit businesses and tourist sites within the City, and that grant recipients will offer pricing suited to that vision. Applicants should provide a basic operating plan, describing how this service will be provided over a period of at least three (3) years.
  • Posting on EV Charging Locator Maps.  Applicants must specify on which EV charger databases they will post the location of their charging station, rate structure and operational hours of use. At a minimum, the applicant must agree to list its site on the public charger map hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels Data Center.
  • Project Lifespan.  A proposed charging station must be new (i.e., not installed prior to November 15, 2013) and must be established pursuant to arrangements designed to ensure the continuing availability of the service for three (3) or more years.
  • Basis for Reimbursement.  Applicants must acknowledge and agree that mini-grant funds, if awarded, will be provided on a reimbursement basis.  Applicants will be required to provide documentary evidence of eligible expenditures, and of installation of the charging station(s) as described in the grant application, before grant funding will be disbursed. Eligible expenditures are limited to equipment purchase, site design and installation costs. Operational and maintenance expenses are not eligible.

Interested individuals or businesses should submit an application by the published deadline.  The City may select applications for award of mini-grants based on its assessment, relative to the above-referenced criteria, of which applicant(s) have the best Project Plan(s) and offer the best prospects for furthering the City’s objective to establish a permanent network of EV charging stations throughout the City.  Following receipt of applications during any application period, mini-grant awards may be made to any one or more applicants, or to no applicants, in the City’s sole discretion.  Not more than $20,000 will be awarded to any single applicant, regardless of the number of charging stations proposed.


Click the image to download the PDF:

Choosing Your EV Charger - Virginia Clean Cities - Page 1 image Site Selection Checklist for EV Chargers - Virginia Clean Cities image

VA legislation permitting the resale of electricity for electric vehicles’ transportation purposes:

Example Site Plan Layouts and Signage for charger parking:

For Equipment Installed prior to Dec. 31, 2013, Federal Tax Incentive:

Fueling equipment for electricity installed between January 2006 and December 31, 2013 is eligible for a tax credit of 30% of the cost, not to exceed $30,000.  Permitting and inspection fees are not included in covered expenses.  Fueling station owners who install qualified equipment at multiple sites are allowed to use the credit towards each location.  Consumers who purchase qualified residential fueling equipment prior to December 31, 2013 may receive a tax credit of up to $1,000.  Unused credits that qualify as general business tax credits, and defined by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), may be carried backward one year and carried forward 20 years.  For more information about claiming the credit, see IRS Form 8911, which is available on the IRS website at