Important Program Update: Reservation List Status

Good news, we have received funding from the state of California to begin serving the current reservation list! There is limited funding to serve the reservation list. This does not guarantee you will receive a grant, once the funding runs out the reservation list will close. Participants who were not served a grant this phase may re-apply when the program re-opens and applications are made available again. 

There is no timeframe for when you will receive a decision. Please keep an eye out in your email for a decision, and our website for any program updates. Thank you for your patience through this process. 

If you are no longer in need of the CVAP grant, please close your application HERE or call us to close your application at (559) 271-1957. Remember, once an application is closed, we cannot reopen it and you will have to re-apply when applications are made available again.  

Important Program Update: The Reservation List is Now at Full Capacity

We’ve received a great response to the program and therefore the Reservation List is at full capacity. A Reservation List was put into effect 3/17/21 because all available funds were awarded or reserved for those who had already applied and those already approved for funding. Unfortunately, we do not expect to receive additional funds until next year due to delays at the legislature, so we are closing the program to new applicants and applicants who are not on the Reservation List as of 4/14/2021.

More information will be emailed to current applicants over the next few weeks. To check if you are on the Reservation List, fill out this status check form. Once you submit the form you will receive an email with information about your application status.

We have limited funding so we cannot guarantee funds will be available for all qualified applicants. If you are on the Reservation List it does not guarantee funds will be available for you. Funds are only guaranteed for applicants who receive an Approval Letter and purchase an eligible vehicle within their eligibility time frame.

Finally, we have not scheduled a date for reopening the CVA Program and we don’t expect to until 2022, so we encourage you to look at other incentive programs here if you need immediate assistance purchasing a clean vehicle.

Thank you for your support of the CVA Program. If you have additional questions, the best way to reach us is at cleanvehicles@beneficialstate.org.

 

Important Program Update! Reservation List Now in Effect 2

The Clean Vehicle Assistance Program has now set up a Reservation List as of 3/17/2021 to meet the financial obligations of approved applicants. All available funds have been awarded or reserved for those who applied and have been approved. For more information, please read on.

A Reservation List means:

All program funds are now committed to program participants who have completed a qualifying application and received an Approval Letter. Approved applicants have 60 days to redeem their grant. If the grant is not redeemed, those funds become available to the next person on the Reservation List. The CVA Program awards funds on a first-come, first-serve basis.

We have limited funding so we cannot guarantee there will be funds available for all qualified applicants. Completing an application and joining the Reservation List does not guarantee funds will be available for you. Funds are only guaranteed for applicants who receive an Approval Letter.

Application processing times will be significantly delayed for current applicants while the Reservation List is in effect, which means your application will take a longer time than usual to be processed and reviewed.

If you currently have an open application, we encourage you to complete your application if you would like to join the Reservation List.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. What is the current status of the program?

The CVA Program has a Reservation List as of 3/17/2021. We cannot guarantee that all applicants will receive a grant. If you are a current applicant, please expect long wait times for communications and application processing. Thank you for your patience. We are working with the California Air Resources Board to secure additional funds and we hope to serve all of you!

2. What is a Reservation List?

A Reservation List means that the program’s funds have all been committed to existing applicants who have received a grant Approval Letter. As funds become available, we will send Approval Letters to eligible participants in the order their applications were approved. For current applicants, we cannot guarantee if or when funds will be available so please expect very long wait times. Funds are guaranteed for applicants who have an Approval Letter and purchase an eligible vehicle within their eligibility time frame.

3. Can I still apply for the CVA Program?

The CVA Program is currently closed to new applicants.

4. I submitted an application and I’m still waiting to hear back. Am I on the Reservation List?

If you have successfully submitted a complete application, that means you are now on our current Reservation List. As funds become available, we will send out Approval Letters to eligible participants in the order their applications were approved. If you have not heard back from the CVA Program, please wait for an email update or email us at cleanvehicles@beneficialstate.org for a quicker response.

5. I received a grant Approval Letter. Are funds available for me to redeem my grant?

Yes. Funds are guaranteed for applicants who have an Approval Letter and purchase an eligible vehicle within their eligibility time frame.

6. My clean vehicle grant expired. Can I get an extension?

No. If you do not redeem your grant by your approval expiration date, those funds become available to the next person on the Reservation List. However, you can re-apply to our program again.

Finally – we encourage you to look at other incentive programs here https://driveclean.ca.gov/search-incentives if you need immediate assistance purchasing a clean vehicle.

We are working with the California Air Resources Board to secure additional funding. We hope to help you access an affordable clean vehicle and we encourage you to continue your application. We are here to help you through the process. The best way to reach us is at cleanvehicles@beneficialstate.org.

Important Program Update! Reservation List Now in Effect 1

The Clean Vehicle Assistance Program has now set up a Reservation List as of 3/17/2021 to meet the financial obligations of approved applicants. All available funds have been awarded or reserved for those who applied and have been approved. For more information, please read on.

A Reservation List means:

All program funds are now committed to program participants who have completed a qualifying application and received an Approval Letter. Approved applicants have 60 days to redeem their grant. If the grant is not redeemed, those funds become available to the next person on the Reservation List. The CVA Program awards funds on a first-come, first-serve basis.

We have limited funding so we cannot guarantee there will be funds available for all qualified applicants. Completing an application and joining the Reservation List does not guarantee funds will be available for you. Funds are only guaranteed for applicants who receive an Approval Letter.

Application processing times will be significantly delayed for current and new applicants while the Reservation List is in effect, which means your application will take a longer time than usual to be processed and reviewed.

If you currently have an open application, we encourage you to complete your application if you would like to join the Reservation List.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. What is the current status of the program?

The CVA Program has a Reservation List as of 3/17/2021. We cannot guarantee that all applicants will receive a grant. If you are a current applicant, please expect long wait times for communications and application processing. Thank you for your patience. We are working with the California Air Resources Board to secure additional funds and we hope to serve all of you!

2. What is a Reservation List?

A Reservation List means that the program’s funds have all been committed to existing applicants who have received a grant Approval Letter. As funds become available, we will send Approval Letters to eligible participants in the order their applications were approved. For current and new applicants, we cannot guarantee if or when funds will be available so please expect very long wait times. Funds are guaranteed for applicants who have an Approval Letter and purchase an eligible vehicle within their eligibility time frame.

3. Can I still apply for the CVA Program?

New applicants are invited to start an application, but it is currently limited to only this first step, as of 3/17/2021. We want to save you time and ensure that the documentation you provide is up to date if and when funding becomes available. Once you complete the first step of the application, you will be in our system as a potential grantee. If we secure sufficient funding from the California Air Resources Board, we will invite all potential grantees to complete their application by sending an email.

4. I submitted an application and I’m still waiting to hear back. Am I on the Reservation List?

If you have successfully submitted a complete application, that means you are now on our current Reservation List. As funds become available, we will send out Approval Letters to eligible participants in the order their applications were approved. If you have not heard back from the CVA Program, please wait for an email update or email us at cleanvehicles@beneficialstate.org for a quicker response.

5. I received a grant Approval Letter. Are funds available for me to redeem my grant?

Yes. Funds are guaranteed for applicants who have an Approval Letter and purchase an eligible vehicle within their eligibility time frame.

6. My clean vehicle grant expired. Can I get an extension?

No. If you do not redeem your grant by your approval expiration date, those funds become available to the next person on the Reservation List. However, you can re-apply to our program again.

Finally – we encourage you to look at other incentive programs here https://driveclean.ca.gov/search-incentives if you need immediate assistance purchasing a clean vehicle.

We are working with the California Air Resources Board to secure additional funding. We hope to help you access an affordable clean vehicle and we encourage you to continue your application. We are here to help you through the process. The best way to reach us is at cleanvehicles@beneficialstate.org.

Pandemic Response: Temporary Program Changes 4

The CVA Program team would like to send our best wishes to everyone impacted by the evolving health and economic crisis. The CVA Program is open and will continue accepting applications until further notice. Due to the pandemic, participants should expect significantly longer wait times. We are working hard to minimize our application processing time, but currently, participants can expect to wait three months or more to hear back about their eligibility. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

Due to ongoing disruptions caused by the pandemic, the CVA Program has made the following programmatic changes to protect our team’s health and safety, while also accommodating program participants who are impacted.

Updates:

  • We realize it might not be possible to redeem a grant within the normal 35-day timeline due to the pandemic so we have extended the deadline by an additional 25 days for any approved grant applications. In total, approved applicants will have 60 calendar days to redeem their funds once the grant application has been approved. To learn more, please visit the FAQ Page.

 

  • Due to disruptions in IRS services for our automated income verification process, we are not able to use that service. Instead, CVA Program staff collect and process income documentation directly from applicants. Please submit your most recent 1040 form in the Income Verification section of the application. To view a complete list of income verification documents accepted, click here.

 

We will continue monitoring the impacts of the evolving health and economic crisis and will consider additional changes if needed.  Please continue visiting our website to access the most up-to-date information. Again, the CVA Program team is with you, your family, and our community during this difficult time.

Pandemic Response: Temporary Program Changes 3

The CVA Program team would like to send our best wishes to everyone impacted by the evolving health and economic crisis.  The CVA Program is open and will continue accepting applications during this crisis. However, participants should expect longer wait times. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

Due to ongoing disruptions caused by the evolving health and economic crisis, the CVA Program has made several programmatic changes to protect our team’s health and safety, while also accommodating program participants who are impacted by the evolving health and economic crisis.  We are working hard to minimize the impact of the crisis on our application processing time.

Updates:

  • We have extended the deadline to redeem a grant by an additional 90 days for any approved grant applications until further notice. In total, approved applicants will have 125 days to redeem their funds once the grant application has been approved. We realize it might not be possible to redeem a grant within the normal 35-day timeline and we encourage our participants to wait to visit a dealership until federal, state and local guidance deems it safe to do so.

 

  • Starting May 1st, 2020 we will accept tax transcripts directly from participants. We are currently unable to collect tax transcripts because the IRS is temporarily suspending acceptance of new tax transcript requests at this time.

 

  • The IRS tax filing deadline has been extended to July 15th. Therefore, we will continue to accept 2018 tax transcripts until July 15th, 2020.

 

We will continue monitoring the impacts of the evolving health and economic crisis and will consider additional changes if needed.  Please continue visiting our website to access the most up-to-date information. Again, the CVA Program team is with you, your family and our community during this difficult time.

Pandemic Response: Temporary Program Changes 2

The CVA Program team would like to send our best wishes to everyone impacted by the evolving health and economic crisis.  The CVA Program is open and will continue accepting applications during this crisis. However, participants should expect longer wait times. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

Due to ongoing disruptions caused by the evolving health and economic crisis, the CVA Program has made several programmatic changes to protect our team’s health and safety, while also accommodating program participants who are impacted by the evolving health and economic crisis.  We are working hard to minimize the impact of the crisis on our application processing time.

July Updates:

  • We have extended the deadline to redeem a grant by an additional 90 days for any approved grant applications until July 31st, 2020. In total, approved applicants will have 125 days to redeem their funds once the grant application has been approved. We realize it might not be possible to redeem a grant within the normal 35-day timeline and we encourage our participants to wait to visit a dealership until federal, state and local guidance deems it safe to do so.

 

  • Starting May 1st, 2020 we will accept tax transcripts directly from participants. We are currently unable to collect tax transcripts because the IRS is temporarily suspending acceptance of new tax transcript requests at this time.

 

  • The IRS tax filing deadline has been extended to July 15th. Therefore, we will continue to accept 2018 tax transcripts until July 15th, 2020.

 

We will continue monitoring the impacts of the evolving health and economic crisis and will consider additional changes beyond July 31st, 2020 if needed.  Please continue visiting our website to access the most up-to-date information. Again, the CVA Program team is with you, your family and our community during this difficult time.

 

Pandemic Response: Temporary Program Changes 1

The CVA Program team would like to send our best wishes to everyone impacted by the evolving health and economic crisis.  The CVA Program is open and will continue accepting applications during this crisis. However, due to ongoing disruptions caused by the evolving health and economic crisis, the CVA Program has made several programmatic changes to protect our team’s health and safety, while also accommodating program participants who are impacted by the evolving health and economic crisis.

May Updates:

  • We have extended the deadline to redeem a grant by an additional 90 days for any approved grant applications until June 30th, 2020. In total, approved applicants will have 125 days to redeem their funds once the grant application has been approved. We realize it might not be possible to redeem a grant within the normal 35-day timeline and we encourage our participants to wait to visit a dealership until federal, state and local guidance deems it safe to do so.

 

  • Starting May 1st, 2020 we will accept tax transcripts directly from participants. We are currently unable to collect tax transcripts because the IRS is temporarily suspending acceptance of new tax transcript requests at this time.

 

  • The IRS tax filing deadline has been extended to July 15th. Therefore, we will continue to accept 2018 tax transcripts until July 15th, 2020.

 

We will continue monitoring the impacts of the evolving health and economic crisis and will consider additional changes beyond June 30th, 2020 if needed.  Please continue visiting our website to access the most up-to-date information. Again, the CVA Program team is with you, your family and our community during this difficult time.

Update Response: Temporary Program Changes

The CVA Program team would like to send our best wishes to everyone impacted by the evolving health and economic crisis.  The CVA Program is open and will continue accepting applications during this crisis. However, due to ongoing disruptions caused by the evolving health and economic crisis, the CVA Program has made several programmatic changes to protect our team’s health and safety, while also accommodating program participants who are impacted by the evolving health and economic crisis.  

Given the scope of disruption, we realize it might not be possible to redeem a grant within the normal 35-day timeline. As a result, we have extended the deadline to redeem a grant by an additional 90 days for any approved grant applications until April 30, 2020. In total, approved applicants will have 125 days to redeem their funds once the grant application has been approved.  For individuals that have already received a grant approval, an additional 90 days will be added to their time to redeem a grant. Current grantees will receive an email with this information.

To protect our team’s health and safety, we are moving to a fully remote team.  During this time, we anticipate some delays in processing applications and in responding to participant questions. By ensuring our team’s health and safety, we will be able to better serve you moving forward. Participant data and personal information will remain protected because we will continue using the same security features while working remotely. We apologize for any delays and appreciate your patience.  

We will continue monitoring the impacts of the evolving health and economic crisis and will consider additional changes beyond April 30, 2020 if needed.  Please continue visiting our website to access the most up-to-date information. Again, the CVA Program team is with you, your family and our community during this difficult time.

 

The CVA Program has Relaunched!

What’s NEW?! We are very excited to announce the CVA Program has relaunched and our online application is NOW OPEN! Before you begin your application, please take a moment to understand the program changes and browse our updated website for more information. Ready to begin an application? Apply now.

Important CVA Program changes:

Vehicle grant amounts have changed to a two-tier system. The highest grant amounts will be available for the lowest income level: $5,000 for a BEV or PHEV and $2,500 for a hybrid. The grants available for the middle-income level are $5,000 for a BEV, $4,500 for a PHEV or $1,500 for a hybrid.

Charging station grants have expanded. We now offer two charging station grant options, one suited well for homeowners and the other designed for renters. Charging station grants can now be redeemed by participants who purchase either a BEV or a PHEV with a Clean Vehicle Assistance Program grant. Learn more about the charging station grant options here.

Stacking is available. A Clean Vehicle Assistance Program grant can be stacked with the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) when funds are available from CVRP.

We’ve also created many helpful videos to help you understand your clean vehicle options and how to prepare for an auto loan.

Let us know if you have any questions by contacting us at cleanvehicles@beneficialstate.org

We look forward to working with you!

Sincerely,

The Clean Vehicle Assistance Program Team