Federal Grants & Funding

Electrification Programs & Funding Options

Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement Program

Administered through the Federal Highway Administration, the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement program (CMAQ) provides flexible funding to state and local governments in support of their efforts to reduce congestion and improve air quality in areas that do not meet, or have not met, the National Ambient Air Quality Standards.  In 2014, CDOT allocated $30 million in CMAQ funds to support the Alt Fuels Colorado Program, while other Colorado recipients of CMAQ funds such as DRCOG also frequently allocate a portion of these funds to programs that support vehicle electrification.

CMAQ Program Information

Funding Advancement for Surface Transportation and Economic Recovery (FASTER) Program 

The Funding Advancement for Surface Transportation and Economic Recovery Act of 2009 (FASTER) generates revenue through vehicle registration fees and fines. FASTER transit funds are split between local transit grants and statewide projects. Local transit grants are awarded competitively by CDOT regional offices, while statewide funds are awarded by the CDOT Division of Transit and Rail to statewide, inter-regional, and regional projects.

FASTER Program Information

Federal Transit Administration Programs

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) partners with state and local governments to provide over $11 billion in annual grants and discretionary funding to support public transportation systems. In 2015, the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act recommitted transit funding through the fiscal year 2020, through grants such as the Zero Emission Research Opportunity (ZERO), the Low and No Emission Component Assessment Program (LoNo-CAP), and the Low or No Emission Vehicle Program (5339(c)).

ZERO  Program Information

LoNo-CAP Program Information

Low or No Emissions Vehicle Program Information