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Municipal Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) & ZEV Infrastructure Rebate Program - Now Open

Three million dollars are available (link leaves DEC website) through Title 15 of the Environmental Protection Fund for rebates for the purchase or lease (for at least 36 months) of eligible clean vehicles, and for installation of eligible infrastructure which supports public use of clean vehicles. The primary purpose of a rebate-eligible facility must be the charging or fueling of clean vehicles by the public. Vehicles must be purchased or leased from a dealership located within New York State.

The 2016 Request for Applications for the Municipal ZEV and ZEV Infrastructure Rebate Program is available through the NYS Grants Gateway (link leaves DEC website). Instructions for finding the ZEV grant opportunities and submitting an application are available in the Grants Gateway Tips document (PDF) (884 KB). Applications for this round will be accepted until funds are exhausted, or through March 31, 2017, whichever comes first.

Grant categories and rebate limits are as follows:

Category Total Available Maximum Rebate Maximum per Municipality Match per Project State Share per Project
Clean Vehicle Purchase or Lease $750,000

$5,000 per vehicle (50+ mi. electric range); $2,500 per vehicle (10-50 mi. electric range)

$375,000 Not Applicable Grant amount up to rebate limits
Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Infrastructure (EVSE) $1,250,000 $250,000 per facility $625,000 20% of Grant Amount Up to $8000 per port (EVSE) or up to $32,000 per pedestal (Direct Current Fast Charge)
Hydrogen Fuel Cell Infrastructure $1,000,000 $250,000 per facility $750,000 20% of Grant Amount Grant amount up to rebate limits

The total amount in each category will be reserved for that category through December 31, 2016, at which time any remaining funds in each rebate category will be pooled and will be made available for projects in any rebate category on a first come-first served basis for projects meeting all applicable selection criteria (not to exceed the maximum per municipality in each category), until all funds are exhausted, or until March 31, 2017, at which time no more applications will be accepted under this round.

The Office of Climate Change has prepared a fact sheet (PDF) (91 KB) for the Municipal ZEV Rebate Program. A Climate Smart Communities webinar on New York State ZEV opportunities has also been scheduled for September 15, 2016; for details, visit the "Clean Fleets for Municipalities" event listing in the DEC Calendar.

Please direct any questions on the Municipal ZEV and ZEV Infrastructure Rebate Program to: or call the Office of Climate Change at 518-402-8448.

Climate Smart Communities Webinar Series

Experts and representatives from leading Climate Smart Communities share ideas and experiences in brief, informative sessions via the Internet. The Climate Smart Communities (CSC) webinar series runs from June through September each year on the second Thursday of the month, unless otherwise posted. Sessions begin at 10:30 AM and last approximately 90 minutes. Previous webinar presentations and recordings are found on our Webinar Presentations page. Sign up with DEC Delivers (see above) to receive email instructions on how to access each webinar with DEC Delivers, or visit the event listing on the DEC calendar.

  • Next webinar: Thursday, November 10th, 2016 at 10:30 AM - Adapting to a Changing Climate: Strategies for Community Planning

Direct Technical Support

New York State is committed to helping local governments implement other clean energy initiatives and engage with the Climate Smart Communities, program. Direct technical support from regional contractors (funded by New York State) is available under a NYSERDA program called Clean Energy Communities (link leaves DEC website).

From 2012 to 2015, New York State sponsored the Climate Smart Communities Regional Coordinators Pilot Program to provide direct technical support to CSCs in four regions: Central New York, Capital District, Mid-Hudson and Long Island. With the Climate Smart Communities pledge as a roadmap, the coordinators advised and empowered local governments by connecting them with appropriate financial and technical programs, helping them to coordinate with and learn from other communities, offering practical assistance and helping communities track their accomplishments. The tools and resources developed during this three-year pilot are now available to all communities via the CSC program.

Climate Smart Communities Grant Program

At a special event in Schenectady on April 18, 2016, DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos announced new funding for communities ready to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for the effects of climate change. The 2016 Climate Smart Communities Grant Program was available through the NYS Consolidated Funding Application (link leaves DEC website). Applications were due July 29, 2016.

The 2016 Consolidated Funding Application is now closed. Applications are under review.

All counties, cities, towns and villages of the State of New York are eligible to receive funding. The CSC grant program will provide 50/50 matching grants for eligible projects in the following categories.

Project Categories

Funding is available for implementation projects that advance a variety of climate adaptation and mitigation actions, including the following:

  • Construction of natural resiliency measures
  • Relocation or retrofit of climate-vulnerable facilities
  • Conservation or restoration of riparian areas and tidal marsh migration area
  • Reduction of flood risk
  • Clean transportation
  • Reduction or recycling of food waste

Funding is also available for certification projects that advance several specific actions aligned with Climate Smart Communities Certification requirements:

  • Right-sizing of government fleets
  • Developing natural resource inventories
  • Conducting vulnerability assessments
  • Developing climate adaptation strategies
  • Updating hazard mitigation plans to address changing conditions and reduce climate vulnerability

The Office of Climate Change has prepared a fact sheet (PDF) (230 KB) that compiles links for tools, case studies and resources to help undertake key CSC Certification actions.

Climate Smart Communities Guide to Local Action

The Climate Smart Communities Guide to Local Action provides how-to information and community action case studies.

More about Climate Smart Communities Resources and Services:

  • Climate Smart Communities Toolkit - The Climate Smart Communities Toolkit allows New York communities to find recommended practices that will help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the effects of climate change, specifically in the areas of land-use, transportation policy, green buildings, infrastructure investment, green infrastructure, housing policy, and adaptation and reslience.
  • Climate Smart Communities in the News - Tangible climate-smart actions by Climate Smart Communities.
  • Regional Coordinators - Information on the regional coordinators that are available to support Climate Smart Communities.
  • Climate Smart Webinar Presentations - Links to past Climate Smart Communities' webinar presentations.
  • Climate Smart Webinar Schedule - Schedule for upcoming Climate Smart Community webinars.