A new video series is now available to help potential applicants understand the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) process and requirements.

This Information Session Series provides an overview of the application process and clear guidance on how to prepare and submit key application components. VTO developed this series in response to Clean Cities stakeholder feedback regarding barriers to VTO’s funding opportunity process, which is complex and can be overwhelming for applicants.

In addition to providing clarity on the process, the series applies learnings from the Clean Cities Energy and Environmental Justice Initiative. These learnings center on empowering underserved communities to expand the reach of impacts from funded projects and maximize the benefits of VTO investments that flow to underserved communities.

There are two sessions in the series. For the first session, “Basics of a VTO Funding Opportunity,” DOE staff provide an overview of the application process for a VTO FOA, including the concept paper and full application phases. The presenter also discusses the key FOA content to read and review, specific FOA language to pay close attention to, and the required components of a full FOA application.

In the second session, “Preparing a FOA Budget Justification and Other Application Components,” DOE staff describe key information to know regarding FOA application components that correspond to a project budget. These include SF-424, allowable project costs, budget justification, and cost share. The session also touches on basic information about project teams, letters of commitment, and statement of project objectives.

Learn more and watch both videos on VTO’s Funding Opportunities page.

By helping to foster business opportunities and economic development for all potential applicants, this series aligns with the Justice40 Initiative, which established a goal that 40% of the overall benefits of certain federal investments flow to disadvantaged communities. To learn more about VTO’s energy and environmental justice goals and related activities, see the Clean Cities Energy and Environmental Justice Initiative’s webpage.