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Apply for Tennessee Natural Gas & Propane Vehicle Grant Program

October is National Energy Awareness Month, which serves to underscore how critical energy is to our prosperity, security, and environmental well-being. In Tennessee, the transportation sector accounts for about 30 percent of all energy consumed. By reducing transportation related end-use energy consumption, we can improve our economy and energy security while also reducing emissions. As such, TDEC's Office of Energy Programs is pleased to invite public, non-profit, and private Tennessee-based fleets to apply for the Tennessee Natural Gas and Propane Vehicle Grant Program.



  • $2,500,000 is available under this competitive funding opportunity.
  • Each grant will provide up to 50% of the incremental purchase cost of eligible vehicles, with a maximum grant of $25,000 for each eligible vehicle.
  • The maximum amount that may be awarded to a grantee shall not exceed $250,000.


  • A project must propose to receive funding for a minimum of three vehicles.
  • Eligible vehicles must be purchased new, from an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) or OEM-authorized dealer. The vehicles purchased must be fully equipped by the manufacturer or by a third party at the direction of the manufacturer to operate on an alternative fuel prior to the initial purchase and registration of the vehicle.
  • Vehicles must be registered within the State of Tennessee, unless the vehicle is to receive International Registration Plan (IRP) apportioned registration. In the case of the latter, the entity applying for a grant must submit a letter, certifying the percentage of time that the vehicle is expected to operate within the State of Tennessee.
  • Eligible vehicles include dedicated compressed natural gas vehicles, dedicated liquefied natural gas vehicles, and dedicated propane-powered vehicles.
  • Vehicles must be classified as "medium-duty" or "heavy-duty," and must therefore have a gross vehicle weight rating of at least 14,000 pounds. Examples of "medium-duty" vehicles that would be considered eligible are shuttle buses, delivery trucks, and some bucket trucks. Examples of "heavy-duty" vehicles that would be considered eligible are school buses, tractor trailers, and waste collection vehicles.
  • Applicants must intend to maintain operations in Tennessee for a minimum of six years.


Applications must be received by 8 pm CST on Dec. 16, 2016. Awards are expected to be announced by Jan. 16, 2017, and the expected timeframe for award negotiations is March 2017.

For more information and to access the Application and Application Manual, click here. If you have questions, please contact Alexa Voytek at alexa.voytek@tn.gov or 615-532-0238.

Funding Source for Therapeutic Services for Vicitms of Sexual Assault

The Office of Criminal Justice Programs (OCJP) is seeking applications for a project which specifically funds Therapeutic Services to victims of sexual assault. Eligible applicants may request funds to increase the number of therapy staff only. Attention will be paid to not only the numbers of victims that will be served, but also how the services will be provided, whether the community to be served has been involved in planning for the delivery of the services, and whether there will be outreach to that community regarding the availability of the services.

Applications should include proposals which address the OCJP/VOCA priority of expanding and enhancing the quality and quantity of therapeutic services to victims of sexual assault. Evidence-based therapeutic interventions are required. The goal of this priority area is to address the unique therapeutic needs of sexual assault victims, using trauma informed approached. Services, for the purpose of this grant, are defined as follows:

  • Support the provision of therapeutic services to victims of sexual assault.
  • To improve victim access to services.
  • Promote physical and psychological healing for victims of sexual assault.
  • Provide services to address the individual needs of victims of sexual assault.

See more at: http://www.tn.gov/finance/article/fa-ocjp-grantapp

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Congratulations to All Southwest Communities receiving Grants!