HARRISBURG, Pa., April 22, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Environmental Protection is accepting applications for projects to be funded by the Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program (AFIG). The program makes available $4 million in grants to assist in funding eligible projects that use or produce biofuels, alternative fuels and alternative fuel vehicles, or that deploy fuel-saving technology in the transportation sector.
"Pennsylvania has always been a pioneer in energy," DEP acting Secretary Michael Krancer said. "Providing assistance to the early adopters of cleaner technologies across the state is an advantage for everyone."
Funding is available for school districts, municipal authorities, political subdivisions of the state, nonprofit entities, corporations, limited liability companies or partnerships incorporated or registered in the state.
Approved projects for these organizations must work to retrofit fleet vehicles to operate on alternative fuels, purchase alternative fuel vehicle for a fleet, install fleet refueling equipment for alternative fuel vehicles, or support next-phase advanced research, development and training related to alternative fuels and alternative fuel vehicles.
Funding is also available for school districts, municipal authorities, political subdivisions and nonprofit entities to subsidize the purchase of biofuel and provide refueling and storage equipment or related tank cleaning.
The AFIG program was established in 1992 under Act 166. By law, the program receives approximately $5 million to $6 million annually from the General Fund. The amount of funding is equal to 0.25 mills of the utilities gross receipts tax collected during each fiscal year.
The application deadline is 4 p.m., Friday, June 17. Only electronic applications will be accepted. Visit the state's eGrants site at https://www.grants.dcnr.state.pa.us/ to apply. No costs for approved projects may be incurred prior to July 1.
For more information, visit http://www.dep.state.pa.us and click "Grants and Loans," or contact Carmen LaRosa or Mark Brojakowski at DEP's Office of Energy and Technology Deployment at 717-783-8411.
Media contact: John Repetz, 717-787-1323
SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection