MnDOT’s new Clean Transportation Pilot will provide up to $2 million annually in grants to pilot, test, and increase adoption of clean transportation technologies, especially where cost is a barrier to implementation. Grant amounts will range from $25,000 to $500,000 and require a 20% match. No match is required for tribal governments.
In order to meet Minnesota’s greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets outlined in the Next Generation Energy Act, we need to identify clean transportation technologies that work for different communities throughout the state, especially outside the Twin Cities Metro. The goal of the Clean Transportation Pilot program is to help communities around the state demonstrate how clean transportation technologies can meet their business needs and reduce carbon pollution. Successful projects will incorporate resilient design features; be responsive to economic disruptions; expand access to clean transportation technologies, especially in smaller and/or rural communities; and bring equity into project siting and user benefits, especially for communities of color and low-income residents.
The grants are available to local governments, regional transportation authorities, transit agencies, natural resource or public land agencies, schools, tribal governments, and Minnesota non-profits.
Qualifying activities include projects that do the following:
- Increase the use of vehicles or fuels that reduce GHG emissions compared to traditional gasoline and diesel combustion engines.
- Support infrastructure or systems that avoid or reduce transportation GHG emissions. Examples include, but are not limited to, shifting single-occupancy vehicle trips to other modes, reducing peak trip demand, advancing complete streets programs, increasing the availability of electric vehicles (EVs) and charging facilities, promote low carbon/advance biofuels, and other similar efforts.
- Demonstrate innovative uses or add commercially available clean transportation technologies in new or underserved communities.
- Help overcome barriers to new technology adoption in Minnesota, such as operability during winter months.
- Demonstrate how clean transportation technologies can be scaled up to serve a larger markets or larger numbers of users.
- Expand knowledge and understanding of clean transportation technologies in communities that may have less experiences with these technologies.
- October 26, 2020 – Pre-solicitation informational meeting
- November 2, 2020 – Submission period of letters of interest begins
- December 7, 2020 – Letters of interest due
- December 21, 2020 – MnDOT announces applicants selected for full application
- February 15, 2021 – Full applications due
- March 15, 2021* – MnDOT announces applicants selected to receive FY21 funding
- April 15, 2021* – Applicant grant agreements with MnDOT completed
* These dates may need to be adjusted. Applicants will be informed of any delays.
For additional information, please visit the Clean Transportation Pilot Funding Program website, which includes a Program Guide with application details.