Chapter 122:12-3 Alternative Transportation Fuel Grant Program
(A) The director of development services agency will develop a competitive process to award funds to eligible applicants in accordance with Ohio law. The funds may be awarded as either a grant or a loan or as both, as determined by the director. The development services agency will establish an application using a form approved by the director of development services agency. Applicants shall apply for the funds using the application and in compliance with other relevant rules and procedures established by the development services agency in this section. The application can be located at http://development.ohio.gov/bs/bs_altfueltrans.htm.
(B) The application used by the development services agency will include instructions on how to complete the application and will specify the criteria, developed in accordance with the law that will be used to select applications for funding consideration. Applications must be submitted to the development services agency by the prescribed deadline. The development services agency will use the criteria and procedures specified in the application to review, and select applications for funding.
(C) Pursuant to division (C)(2) of section 122.075 of the Revised Code, preference will be given to publicly accessible refueling facilities; entities applying to the program that have secured funding from other sources, including, but not limited to, private or federal incentives; entities that have presented compelling evidence of demand in the market in which the facilities or terminals will be located; entities that have committed to utilizing purchased or installed facilities or terminals for any type of alternative fuel.
(D) The director of development services agency may, at the director's discretion, give preference to alternative fuel projects that:
(1) provide the best opportunity for economic advancement to the state;
(2) leverage fuel sources that perform more efficiently than other transportation fuels;
(3) use the most advanced technology;
(4) demonstrate past success;
(5) respond to a current market need; or
(6) address other criteria as determined by the director.
(A) "Ineligible expenditures" are expenditures that are not eligible for funds. Ineligible expenditures include, but are not limited to, the purchase/rental of real property (land or buildings) and normal operating/administrative expenses (not directly related to an eligible project), equipment/machinery lease payments, purchases of consumable/disposable items unrelated to an eligible project, personnel expenses, including travel, and feasibility studies and planning will all be deemed operating/administrative expenses.
(B) Under no circumstances may funds used for the purchase and installation of an alternative fuel refueling or distribution facility or terminal exceed eighty percent of the cost of the facility or terminal, except that at least twenty per cent of the total cost of the facility or terminal shall be incurred by the grant recipient and not compensated for by any other source. Funds used for the purchase of alternative fuel shall not exceed eighty per cent of the cost of the fuel or, in the case of blended biodiesel or blended gasoline, eighty per cent of the incremental cost of the blended biodiesel or blended gasoline.