Level 2 State Agency Program Level 2 State Agency Program The Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality (DAQ) is no longer accepting applications for the Level 2 State Agency Program under Phase 2 of the Volkswagen Mitigation plan. In Phase 2 of the program, $1 million in Volkswagen funds are allocated to the Level 2 State Agency Program to install Level 2 electric vehicle charging infrastructure at state-maintained facilities and attractions. NC VW Phase 2 Level 2 State Agency Program Summary Program Eligible Action Category Program Funding Amount Level 2 State Agency Program Light Duty Zero Emission Vehicle Supply Equipment $1,009,684 Total $1,009,684 Funding Levels - Level 2 State Agency Project Type Maximum % of Total Project Costs* Public Access, Networked 100% Public Access, Non-networked 80% No Public Access, Networked or Non-networked 60% *NCDEQ reserves the right to partially fund an application based on available funds. To be notified for future Phase 2 announcements, please send an email with "Subscribe" in the subject line to email@example.com. Timeline Activity Date Release of RFP February 28, 2022 Application open in DAQ Grants Management System February 28, 2022 PDF reference application available on program webpage February 28, 2022 Webinar for new DAQ Grants Management System Users March 7, 2022 Program RFP information session March 14, 2022 Information sessions will be online and registration is required. Dates and times will be posted on our website, https://deq.nc.gov/VWsettlement. Application available in DAQ Grants Management System April 1, 2022 Proposal application must be submitted in DAQ Grants Management System June 6, 2022 Proposal application evaluations June - July 2022 Phase 2 project selections August 2022 Grant awards announced September - October 2022 Eligibility Eligible projects can be submitted by: NC State Government Agencies and state maintained attractions. NC State Government Agencies includes state agencies, departments, institutions, public universities and community colleges. State maintained attractions includes state parks, aquariums, museums, etc. State agencies are subject to using contractors approved on the mandatory Statewide Term Contract 691A – Electric Vehicle Charging Station Equipment, Accessories Installation & Infrastructure. Additionally, any project applications submitted by public-private partnerships where the lead applicant represents a state agency or state managed attraction listed above. For full details, read the Request for Proposal. DAQ Grants Management System Webinar A webinar on how to request access the DAQ Grants Management System was held on March 7, 2022, for applicants who do not have access to the system. During this webinar, staff discussed the documents required to request access to the DAQ Grants Management System, how to use the built in tutorials once access is granted and how to submit an application. A recording of this webinar can be found on the Grants Management System webpage under Grants Management System Webinars section. Level 2 State Agency Program Applicant Webinar A webinar on the Level 2 State Agency Program Request for Proposals was held on March 14, 2022, for interested stakeholders and applicants. During this webinar, staff discussed the RFP and the requirements and answered questions regarding the Level 2 State Agency Program Request for Proposals and the application. This webinar was for applicants interested in submitting applications for the Level 2 State Agency Program only. A recording of the webinar can be found below. How to Apply Note for new users requesting access to the DAQ Grants Management System. Both a completed and submitted Enterprise Business Services External Request Application and the State of North Carolina Substitute W-9 Form emailed to daq.NC_VWGrants@ncdenr.gov are required to request access. You will not have access to the Grants Management system until your request has been processed and you receive a “Welcome to Enterprise Business System (EBS) Portal” email. The Level 2 State Agency application will not be visible in the system until April 1, 2022. Required attachments uploads are also restricted until April 1, 2022, after an application is started. A PDF version of the application has been made available on the program webpage for agency reference to prepare all required materials for the online application. A PDF version of the application has been made available on the program webpage for agency reference to prepare all required materials for the online application. Prior to using the GMS, applicants must obtain an NCID and then complete and submit the online Enterprise Business Services External Request Application. Applicants must also complete and email the State of North Carolina Substitute W-9 Form to daq.NC_VWGrants@ncdenr.gov to get registered in the system. Once registered and logged into the GMS, you will have access to tutorials on how to use the system, submitting applications and submitting claims. If you have previously submitted an Access Authorization Form for the NCDAQ Grant Management System and received a “Welcome to Enterprise Business System (EBS) Portal” email, you do not need to resubmit this form. NCDEQ will only accept applications for the Level 2 State Agency Program submitted through the NCDAQ Grant Management System website, at: https://www.ebs.nc.gov/irj/portal beginning April 1, 2022. All applications must be submitted on the DAQ Grant Management System (GMS) website no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on May 31, 2022. NOTE: The Program ID in the DAQ Grants Management System for the Level 2 State Agency Program is NCDEQDAQ0010. Documents and Workshops Application Before you submit your application, check your eligibility in the RFP. Download the Level 2 State Agency PDF Reference Application Download the Level 2 State Agency Application Spreadsheet Download Required Attachments Checklist This checklist includes all the required attachments for applications. Helpful Documents Application Checklist Additional Resources Send Questions to DAQ VW Grants Request for Proposal Read the RFP and check your project eligibility before applying Register for an NCID Sample Documents A sample application from Phase 1 data entered into the DAQ Grants Management System is provided below. Example Level 2 State Agency Application Level 2 State Agency Program Webinar View the recording of the Level 2 State Agency Program webinar held on March 14, 2022. Download the Level 2 State Agency webinar presentation Program Webinar Questions and Answers Are there Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment vendor constraints? Or is any vendor that aligns with the RFP criteria permitted? Vendors have to be on the Department of Administration (DOA) state contractor’s list Does the government entity have to own the charger, or can anyone own it as long as it’s on gov’t property? Whichever state agency applied for funding, either on state owned or leased property – so ownership must be by the state. Please explain the requirements for public access – only when the parking lot is open? Only when the building / site is open? We close our buildings and lots overnight and Sundays. Chargers must be accessible during business hours to the public without restriction What does “networked” versus “non-networked” mean? Networked changers provide data to the owners and operators across the system. Non-networked changers do not provide this information unless it is downloaded. Check the resources list for a more detailed answer. Once the charging station goes live, which government agencies will regulate the charging station / inspections? NC DEQ staff inspects the station after it goes live. Several of the NC aquariums fall outside the routes identified – are those allowed for this funding? Map is for DC Fast charging – this program is different, and the map doesn’t matter here. If we pay a vendor to help us complete the grant, will that count against us since we have started working on the project? Application time frame extends until the end of May 2022. Projects cannot start until you have a Fully Executed Contract Do you have standardized language for a survey of employees? Or should we make up our own? No, there is no template. A list of people engaged in having charging stations would be helpful for project selection Are the charging stations regulated by any other agency? Like gas stations etc.? No, the station is regulated by the state agency that applied for funding. The only thing that is regulated is the cost of charging.