National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program
CSFA Number: 494-00-3374
Agency Name
Department Of Transportation (494)
Agency Identification
Partially GATA Exempt. Only LPA's are Exempt.
Agency Contact
Elizabeth Irvin
(312) 636-0835
Short Description
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), also known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), allocates $7.5 billion for programs that will advance electric vehicle (EV) adoption nationwide. Among these investments is the $5 billion National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program that provides dedicated funding to states to strategically deploy EV charging infrastructure and establish an interconnected network that facilitates data collection, access, and reliability. The NEVI Formula Program is the first major federal investment in EV charging infrastructure and places the United States on a path to a nationwide network of 500,000 EV chargers that ensures a convenient, affordable, reliable, and equitable charging experience for all users by 2030. Through the rapid deployment of an interconnected network of EV charging stations, the NEVI Formula Program will advance Illinois’ goal of 1 million EVs on the road by 2030 and will provide the necessary infrastructure to support rising EV sales. The IIJA directs the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to appropriate funding to all states (including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico) on a formula basis. Illinois is expected to receive approximately $148 million in NEVI Formula Program funds over a period of 5 years, starting from FY2022. To implement the Illinois NEVI Program, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will conduct a competitive grant process that will award grants to eligible entities that install, operate, and maintain EV charging sites across Illinois.
Federal Authorization
Pub. L. 117–58, title VIII of division J
Illinois Statue Authorization
Illinois Administrative Rules Authorization
Fund up to 80% of the cost of construction and maintenance of 46 charging stations along the state's Alternative Fuels Corridors
Prime Recipient
UGA Program Terms
Eligible Applicants
Government Organizations; For-Profit Organizations;
Applicant Eligibility
in general, potential applicants are eligible under this program if they meet the following requirements: • Agree to conform to the guidelines in the NEVI Final Rule; • Agree to the terms and conditions set forth by IDOT; • Be the deed holder of the property or have an agreement in place with the deed holder for a minimum 5-year period; • Be the utility customer of record or have an agreement in place with the utility customer of record; and • Be registered and pre-qualified through the GATA Grantee Portal. (note that Local Public Agencies are exempt from GATA registration and pre-qualification requirements per PA 102-1092). GATA Requirements. All applicants may not apply for a grant until the applicant has registered and is pre-qualified through the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) Grantee Portal,, except for Local Public Agencies (LPAs). Registration and pre-qualification are required annually. During pre-qualification, verifications are performed including a check of federal Exclusion List and status on the Illinois Stop Payment List. The Grantee Portal alerts the entity of “qualified” status or informs how to remediate a negative verification (e.g., inactive DUNS, not in good standing with the Secretary of State). Inclusion on the Exclusion List cannot be remediated. Local Public Agencies are required to have a UEI number, and must submit the IDOT Risk Assessment. Teaming Requirements. Teaming partnerships are permitted; however, the application should be submitted by the primary applicant who will be responsible to IDOT for the full performance of the grant agreement. Additionally, public sector entities may not own the charging station but may agree to be site hosts as part of the project team. All project locations funded through Round 1 of the Illinois NEVI Program must meet the following eligibility requirements: • Directly related to EV charging infrastructure that is open to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, year round; • Located within a one-mile driving distance of the 46 eligible locations depicted in Figure 2 and listed in Table 3 in the Notice of Funding Opportunity; Note: Applications to upgrade existing EV charging stations located within a one-mile driving distance of the eligible locations may be submitted and will be considered. • Not located within the Interstate and/or state-owned right-of-way; • Include for each EV charging station at least four DCFCs with Combined Charging System (CCS) ports that are capable of simultaneously charging four EVs at 150kW (or above) at each port, with a minimum station power capability at or above 600kW; • Satisfy the requirements of this NOFO, the NEVI Final Rule, the NEVI Formula Program Guidance and any additional requirements to be finalized after contingent award and included in the final contract documents; o Note: Minimum standards and requirements outlined in the NEVI Final Rule (23 CFR 680) are also detailed in Appendix A.
Beneficiary Eligibility
General Public
Types of Assistance
Project Grants
Subject / Service Area
Government Services
Credentials / Documentation
Preapplication Coordination
Applicants should coordinate with the relevant electric utility to complete the Utility Form, which should be submitted as part of the application package
Application Procedures
Applicants can download the application package, which includes all required submission materials, through the Illinois Drive Electric Website (
Criteria Selecting Proposals
Application scoring criteria, focuses on: Project Budget; Site Readiness; Site Characteristics; Project Team Qualifications, Experience, and Approach; Future Proofing and Innovation; and Equity. IDOT seeks applications that not only address immediate needs, but also align with the Illinois NEVI Program’s five core values – Economy, Livability, Mobility, Resiliency, and Stewardship – and benefit the sustained well-being of communities across Illinois.
Award Procedures
60 days after NOFO opening
Range of Approval or Disapproval Time
Formula Matching Requirements
Illinois NEVI Program funds are federal funds. Applicants may apply for up to 80 percent federal cost share of the eligible costs, with a minimum required match of 20 percent from non-federal sources.
Uses and Restrictions
Illinois NEVI Program funds are restricted to projects that are directly related to publicly accessible EV charging infrastructure. As such, the following items are eligible for reimbursement: • Costs to acquire and install on-site electric service equipment (e.g., power meter, transformer, switch gear, customer feeder installation) to provide electricity to the minimum four 150kW ports in 23 CFR 680;, • Costs of minor grid updates (work necessary to connect a charging station to the electric grid distribution network like extending power lines or upgrading existing power lines); • Costs to procure and install, upgrade, and/or replace existing EV charging equipment to meet NEVI minimum standards and requirements; • Costs to procure and install EVSE-related hardware and software; • Fixed operating and maintenance costs (up to five years after the charging station is commissioned) including: o Charging equipment lease fees (if site applicant chooses lease option for charging equipment rather than purchase option). The lease costs are only eligible if paid in advance through a contract. o Cellular network fees, internet service fees, or similar fees. o Charger network fee. • Costs of engineering, design and permitting; and • Costs for additional ports or chargers beyond the NEVI requirement of four 150kW ports per EV charging site may be considered if each additional port meets the same criteria listed for the minimum four 150kW ports in 23 CFR 680 (each additional port is capable of simultaneously charging at 150kW or greater with a CCS Type 1 connector, etc.). While these costs may be considered, it is not guaranteed that they are to be eligible for grant funds. • Costs for adapters to accommodate non-CCS charging will be limited to a reimbursement of $200 per port for the adapter hardware. Applicants should note that IDOT will not reimburse costs incurred prior to the execution of a grant agreement between the grantee and IDOT. Additionally, applicants should incorporate IRA 30 tax credit eligibility into their cost analysis within qualified census tracts. Ineligible costs are expenses deemed to be ineligible by NEVI Final Rule (23 CFR 680) as well as other applicable federal, state, and local laws. Ineligible costs include, but are not limited to: • Costs incurred prior to a fully executed grant agreement with IDOT; • Costs not related directly to vehicle charging; • Costs for lobbying, or for the intervention in state, federal regulatory, or adjudicatory proceedings; • Costs for construction or general maintenance of building and parking facilities (if not related directly to vehicle charging); • Costs of major grid upgrades not within reason; • Costs for additional ports or chargers that do not meet the same criteria listed for the minimum four 150kW ports inare not compliant with 23 CFR 680; • Additional electrical service and related costs resulting from adding ports beyond the minimum requirements of 23 CFR 680 (e.g.,x.: if going beyond the minimum 4x150kW ports results in needing to upgrade additional electrical equipment that otherwise would not need to be upgraded, those additional costs are ineligible); • Utility service upgrade costs covered by the utility; • Costs covered by programs or tariff rules of the electric utilities; • Costs for research projects; and • Administrative costs, including overhead and indirect costs (e.g., office supplies, rent, marketing, and advertising).
Reporting will be required Quarterly..
Audits to be conducted in accordance with the Illinois Administrative Code JCAR Title 44.7000.90
Documentation shall be retained for three years after end of program
Account Identification
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Program Accomplishments
New Program
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
Regional or Local Assistance Location
Headquarters Office
2300 South Dirksen Parkway, Springfield, IL. 62764
Program Website
Example Projects
Published Date
Funding By Fiscal Year
FY 2024 : $50,000,000
FY 2025 : $50,000,000
Federal Funding
Notice of Funding Opportunities
Agency IDAward RangeApplication Range