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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:
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.
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:
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Michigan-Based Test Sites
1. What is the purpose of the Mobility Funding Platform?
2. How do the grants catalyze and scale mobility solutions?
Our grants are focused on three key areas:
3. What are the eligibility requirements for Testing Environments and Real-World Deployments?
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:
Note: The timeline will continue and will be updated throughout the year.
5. Who has received grants in the past?
Real World Deployment Grants:
Testing Site Deployment Grants:
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.