Level 2 State Agency Program

DAQ announced the grant awardees on Oct. 17, 2022, to state agencies. These 103 charging ports will be installed at 25 sites, including state parks, museums, aquariums, government office buildings, universities, and community colleges. In this program, 22 of the charging ports will be in historically under-resourced counties. Thirteen of those chargers will be used to charge state agency fleet vehicles and support Governor Cooper’s efforts under Executive Order No. 80 to transition the state motor fleet to zero-emission vehicles, while the remainder will be available for public use.

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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


Eligible Action Category

Program Funding Amount

Level 2 State Agency Program 

Light Duty Zero Emission Vehicle Supply Equipment





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 daq.nc_vwgrants@ncdenr.gov.


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 October 17, 2022


Eligible projects were 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.

Documents and Workshops

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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

A sample application from Phase 1 data entered into the DAQ Grants Management System is provided below.

Example Level 2 State Agency Application


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View the recording of the Level 2 State Agency Program webinar held on March 14, 2022.

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.