The Colorado Energy Office (CEO) is soliciting proposals to develop and implement e-bike deployment projects that increase access to electric bikes (e-bikes) for income-qualified individuals while maximizing air quality benefits.
Donor Name: Colorado Energy Office (CEO)
County: All Counties
Type of Grant: Grant
Size of the Grant: $100,000 to $500,000
Grant Duration: Grant Duration Not Mentioned
An e-bike program eligible to receive grant funding must be one of two models:
- An ownership program, whereby the program provides electric bicycles, equipment, and related services to individuals.
- A bike share program using a fleet of electric bicycles.
The Community Access to Electric Bicycles Grant Program will provide funding for the development and implementation of e-bike deployment projects in communities across the state. Collectively, projects proposed under this RFA shall:
- Increase access to e-bikes for income-qualified individuals while maximizing air quality benefits and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions
- Close a gap rather than compete with established programs
- Represent the geographic diversity of Colorado communities
- Ensure viability beyond the term of this project.
This project is funded through SB22-193 with approximately $890,000 in total available funding in 2024. CEO anticipates making six to ten awards, each between $75,000 and $160,000. A 10% match is required and CEO encourages applicants to identify other sources of funding that will help to increase the scale of the initial deployment and ensure ongoing sustainability of the proposed projects. Applicant match must be in the form of cash which can include funds from local or state agencies; utilities; grants, gifts, or donations; or other public or private entities; another form of cash match is staff time. Applicants choosing to meet the match requirement through staff time must document the expected hours staff will spend working on the project and include the hourly rate. Awarded funding may be combined with any existing or new funding source and may be used for equipment (e-bikes, e-bike charging infrastructure, e-bike storage, and e-bike accessories such as locks, helmets, and lights) and administrative costs directly related to program development and administration.
Eligible costs include the following:
- E-bike charging infrastructure (for an e-bike share program)
- E-bike storage (such as bike lockers or storage sheds)
- E-bike accessories such as locks, helmets, lights, panniers, bar mitts, snow tires, tire-liners etc.
- Equipment insurance
- Applicants may include the cost of insurance whether for a shared deployment project or for individual riders. If including insurance, applicants must provide a detailed explanation of what is covered by the insurance. Term of insurance should not exceed the term of the purchase order or one year, whichever is longer.
- Emergency transportation vouchers may be eligible.
- Applicants may propose a modest budget to address the cost for emergency transportation. If doing so, applicants should provide a detailed explanation of how they will ensure vouchers are limited to true emergencies.
- Membership costs that include bicycle support and repair.
- Administrative costs associated with implementing the project. Administrative costs should be kept to a minimum and not to exceed 25%.
- Costs for safety and maintenance trainings.
- Maintenance and repair costs are limited to one (1) tune-up per bike. Additional maintenance and repair costs are ineligible.
This solicitation is open to all local governments, tribal governments, and non-profit organizations. Proposals must be submitted by a lead applicant, even if submitted in partnership with other parties, and must clearly describe the relationship with other parties to the proposal. If awarded, the lead applicant shall be the party that enters into a purchase order with CEO and will be considered responsible for all aspects of the project including ongoing reporting.
For more information, visit CEO.