Michigan Mobility Funding PlatformThe Michigan Mobility Funding Platform provides grants to mobility and electrification companies looking to deploy their technology solutions in the state of Michigan.
Building upon the success of the PlanetM Mobility Grants, the Office of Future Mobility and Electrification (OFME) and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) launched the Michigan Mobility Funding Platform to provide grants to mobility and electrification companies looking to deploy their technology solutions in the state of Michigan. Over time, the platform will evolve to enable Michigan-based organizations (public and private) to launch their own mobility and electrification funding initiatives.
Governor Whitmer has announced:
- First round of grants in September of 2021
- Second round of grants in December 2021
- Third round of grants in April of 2022
- Fourth round of grants in August 2022
- Fifth round of grants in November 2022
The Fresh Coast Maritime Challenge, a first-of-its-kind program in the United States, puts Michigan at the forefront of future-proofing sustainable maritime transportation including recreational boating activities, marina innovation, and commercial activities on the Great Lakes. The Challenge establishes a dedicated grant program that offers companies the opportunity to apply for assistance that will support the decarbonization and electrification of both marinas and watercraft across the state.
Current Grant Opportunities:
National Park Michigan Mobility Challenge
The National Park Service (NPS) and State of Michigan (SOM) are launching an industry challenge aimed at identifying proposals for emerging mobility and electrification pilots in or around NPS units in the state. The goal of the challenge is to find ways NPS and SOM might use emerging mobility and electrification technology to provide new options for visitors to access and enjoy the parks. The challenge invites mobility companies, local governments, and partners to propose solutions to one or more "areas of innovation" identified by SOM and NPS, including Small-Scale Electric Shuttles and Automated Driving Systems (ADS), Multimodal Electric Charging Hubs, and Micromobility.
MMFP focuses on catalyzing and scaling mobility solutions that improve environmental sustainability by encouraging EV adoption and charging infrastructure buildout, increasing access to affordable and reliable transportation options, and modernizing existing transportation systems. Use the links below to visit and apply for Real-World or Test Site Deployments:
Future plans for the Michigan Mobility Funding Platform include:
- Enable Michigan based organizations (public and private) to submit mobility needs so OFME and MDOT can understand trends and provide introductions to solution providers
- Enable mobility and electrification companies to submit their deployment ideas, so OFME can support their growth through introductions to the Michigan mobility ecosystem
- Provide programming to connect Michigan based organizations (public and private) with mobility and electrification companies – leading toward unique collaborations and applications
Terms and Conditions
- Expectation to deploy within four months of receiving the grant award and to report results within one month of project completion
- Grants will be awarded to subsidize a portion of the cost to plan, deploy, monitor, and report out on projects across the state. The remaining cost should be covered by the company and/or its project partner(s). The amount of the grant will be determined in a negotiated process between OFME and each selected recipient
- Projects that are interoperable and not proprietary are preferred, particularly when a government agency is the partner
- All information submitted in connection with or included in any Michigan Mobility Funding Platform application, may be subject to disclosure under the Michigan Freedom of Information Act
- All grants awarded under the Michigan Mobility Funding Platform are subject to available funding
- All awarded grants will be memorialized in a final written grant agreement with terms and conditions in accordance with these guidelines and requirements, and otherwise satisfactory to the OFME, including without limitation, requiring performance based milestones which shall govern disbursements, and requiring periodic reporting of data, financial information, and repayment for misappropriation, event of default, or other actions or activities prohibited by law
- Companies may apply more than once if they are not granted in previous rounds
Michigan-Based Test Sites
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the purpose of the Mobility Funding Platform?
- The Michigan Mobility Funding Platform is designed to accelerate investment in mobility and electrification solutions that create safer, more equitable and environmentally conscious transportation for all Michigan residents
- The platform supports mobility and electrification companies who anticipate long-term growth in Michigan and seek to play a meaningful role in the state’s mobility ecosystem
2. How do the grants catalyze and scale mobility solutions?
Our grants are focused on three key areas:
- Sustainable Futures: Improve environmental sustainability by encouraging EV adoption and the buildout of EV charging infrastructure
- Equitable Futures: Alleviate mobility barriers and increase access to affordable and reliable transportation options
- Multimodal Transportation: Modernize existing transportation systems and keep Michigan at the forefront across all connected and autonomous transportation modes
3. What are the eligibility requirements for Testing Environments and Real-World Deployments?
- Applicants should focus on sustainable futures, equitable futures, OR multimodal transportation
- Applicant should provide matching funds or receive matching funds from a project partner
- Note: Scroll down for more details on the matching funds
- Applicants should demonstrate how the grant will help grow your company in Michigan.
- Additional Eligibility for Real-World Deployments include:
- Collaboration with a Michigan partner (public or private)
- Meet a local use case/need in Michigan
- Note: If you are applying to deploy at a test site, we encourage you to work with a test site to design your testing scope prior to applying. See below for the list of test sites.
4. How are you reviewing and selecting applicants?
It is a rolling application, so applications will be reviewed every three months. OFME will initially scan the applications and remove those that do not fit the eligibility criteria. A review committee, made up of public and private Michigan-based organizations, will review and score each application. OFME will then schedule calls with applicants who received a high review score, before selecting and notifying the final grant recipients. Evaluation criteria includes, but is not limited to, partners, location, budget, timeline, and metrics.
Applications will be reviewed every four months according to the schedule below:
- November 1, 2022 – March 31, 2023, recipients notified by the end of May 2023
- April 1, 2023 – June 30, 2023, recipients notified by end of August 2023
- July 1, 2023 – October 31, 2023, recipients notified by the end of December 2023
Note: The timeline will continue and will be updated throughout the year.
5. Who has received grants in the past?
Real World Deployment Grants:
- Pre-Round Winner
- Round 1 Winners
- Round 2 Winners
- Round 3 Winners
- Round 4 Winners
- Round 5 Winners
- Round 6 Winners (also known as the COVID-19 Mobility Solutions Grant)
- Round 7
- Round 8
- Round 9
Testing Site Deployment Grants:
- Shift Environment, Strange Development
- GLDC, RAVE, P3 Mobility
- Airspace Link
- Wind Craft Aviation
- Maritime Grants
- Detroit Smart Parking Lab
6. What expenses will the grant cover?
The grant will cover project related expenses. Those expenses need to be provided in your application, including project cost, grant amount requested, and matching funds (financial or in-kind). The state of Michigan expects all travel expenses to be reasonable and to follow the State Travel Reimbursement Rates. For both real world deployment and testing site deployment grants, your company will need to secure matching funds, either financial or in-kind. See “How do the matching funds work?” question for more information.
7. What does the application include?
The application will include questions around general company information, product/service, impact/funding, and partners. You are encouraged to attach letters of support/commitment from project partners.
Note: All information submitted, including without limitation, information submitted in connection with or included in any Michigan Mobility Funding Platform grant application, is subject to disclosure under the Michigan Freedom of Information Act.
8. What is the typical size of an individual grant?
Grants vary in size and we have no strict minimum or maximum amount. In the past, testing site deployments have ranged from $10K – $100K and real world deployments have ranged from $40K – $125K.
9. How do the matching funds work?
In order to apply for a grant, applicants need to have matching funds available (financial or in-kind). In the past, the PlanetM Mobility Grant program required a 25% match from the company or one of their project partners. Going forward, the Michigan Mobility Funding Platform grants will cover whatever portion is needed. For example, if you need gap funding and the partners involved can cover a large portion of the cost, consider just applying for 10-20% funding from the state. Or if the partners involved can cover a small portion of the cost, consider applying for 60-70% funding from the state. Applications with high matching funds will be looked at favorably.