Communities in Charge Application Window Is Now Open

CALSTART Launches California Light-Duty Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Incentives Project

PASADENA, CA – CALSTART is pleased to announce the launch of Communities in Charge, an incentives project funded by the California Energy Commission’s Clean Transportation Program, and supported in partnership with GRID Alternatives and Tetra Tech. This incentives project is designed to transform electric vehicle (EV) charging accessibility and accelerate the market with the rapid installation of light-duty electric vehicle charging infrastructure across California. 

Communities in Charge incentives are open to a wide variety of project sites like schools, health care centers, local businesses and communities. Projects able to show a high degree of readiness and those located within disadvantaged or low-income communities shall be prioritized for incentives.  

To kick off the project, Communities in Charge is offering $30 million in incentives and began on March 23, 2023, at 9 a.m. Pacific Time. Funding will remain open until May 8, 2023, at 5 p.m. Pacific Time. Applicants will be able to submit their application documents through an online Incentive Processing Center during the announced application period. The project team will review applications once the funding lane closes and notify awarded recipients. 

“CALSTART is incredibly excited to implement the Communities in Charge incentive project,” said Geoffrey Cook, CALSTART Clean Fuels and Infrastructure Deputy Director. “To achieve the state’s aggressive goals and help communities realize a clean transportation future, these incentives are critical in accelerating the deployment of Level 2 EV chargers throughout California.” 

“Communities in Charge is designed to give communities access to chargers and set them up for success,” said CEC Commissioner Patty Monahan. “The project will prioritize access for disadvantaged and low-income communities, while also accelerating deployment of chargers statewide. We are excited to offer this first wave of $30 million of incentives and look forward to seeing charging sites go live in the near future.”  

Visit the Communities in Charge website to learn more, and can contact Communities in Charge at [email protected] to ask questions. 

About Communities in Charge 

Communities in Charge is California’s market-accelerating, light-duty electric vehicle (EV) charging incentive project funded by the California Energy Commission’s Clean Transportation Program, administered by CALSTART, and supported in partnership with GRID Alternatives and Tetra Tech. Communities in Charge is designed to transform EV accessibility, rapidly catalyze new markets, and swiftly deploy Level 2 EV charging stations. 


A nonprofit consortium with offices in New York, Michigan, Colorado, California and central Europe and partners world-wide, CALSTART works with 300+ member company and agency innovators to build a prosperous, efficient, and clean high-tech transportation industry. We overcome barriers to modernization and the adoption of clean vehicles. CALSTART is changing transportation for good.