How the Program Works

1. Start Your Online Application

Fill out your an online eligibility questionnaire. Complete your online application. Once we receive your application, our counselors will inform you whether or not you are ready to move forward or if you are missing any required documents. Please not, you must meet the income and residency eligibility requirements to be considered.

2. Find a Vehicle and Affordable Financing That is Right for You

Work one-on-one with a counselor to find out what vehicles are best for your needs. If you need financing, we offer low APR loans through Travis Credit Union. Even if your credit needs work, we will try to work with you.

3. Purchase Your Vehicle

Go to the dealership and purchase your vehicle! We will be coordinating with you and the dealership through the process.

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We Make the Process Easy

We know you’re busy. That’s why we have dedicated counselors that will walk you

step-by-step through the process to make it easy.

Counselor

Bad Credit. No Problem.

Our team of counselors can help you navigate bad credit to get the car you need.

Affordable Financing Options

Affordable Financing Options

Our counselors will help you find affordable financing options that work for you while working with our local banking partner, Travis Credit Union.

Car

Lots of Car Models Available

Select any new or used electric vehicle model and make. Choose the car you want.

Who is Eligible for the Electric Vehicle Grant?

Income Requirements

Household Size Combined Income Must Be Less Than
1 Under $51,520
2 Under $69,680
3 Under $87,840
4 Under $106,000
5 Under $124,160
6 Under $142,320
7 Under $160,480
8 Under $178,640

Residence Requirements

Currently, we only serve individuals who live in:

  • Alameda County
  • Contra Costa County
  • Marin County
  • Napa County
  • Sacramento County
  • San Francisco County
  • San Mateo County
  • Santa Clara County
  • Santa Cruz County
  • Solano County
  • Sonoma County
  • Yolo County
  • Certain California Native American Tribes

We are working to expand this program into other counties. So, if you don’t live in the counties listed above, come back soon to check again.

Clients Are Saying

DCAP was fantastic in helping me move through all the steps throughout. I really hope lots more people get the benefits of this program. What an immense help to our little family,

Eli L.

Because of this program I now have a reliable vehicle to get to work. Now that I have this car, I have the piece of mind that I will never have to stress about missing work due to car troubles. I am proof that this program works and I encourage people to use it.

Anwar H.

The amount of gratitude I have is above and beyond my expectations when applying for the grant at DCAP.  What my coordinator has done for my family and me exceeds any offering of words as a testimonial. The opportunity to climb higher ladders of success and provide for my three boys while contributing to our environment is a blessing that I am grateful to have acquired.

Wynter W.

This vehicle will help me transport my daughter to school, help me increase the amount of hours at my job in order to earn more. Also, this vehicle will help me gain an independence I haven’t had for some time.

Renita R.

In our retirement, this little all-electric car perfectly fills our need for getting around for local errands, visiting the grandkids, grocery shopping, etc., while saving
us quite a bit in gas money. We can’t say enough about your friendliness, kindness, and helpfulness in working with us that made for a very pleasant experience. Your expertise in this program also provided much-needed guidance throughout the process.

Ethie C.

Prior to receiving the grant, I was commuting several times a week to my work location about 40 miles away, necessitating either taking a multi vehicle transit ride or renting a vehicle which was prohibitively expensive. Thanks to DCAP’s generous assistance, I was able to purchase a relatively recent model for about half of the sticker price.

Joshua H.

Working with the Driving Clean Assistance Program was a game changer for us financially! We could not have purchased a new Hybrid vehicle for our family if it was not for DCAP

Neredya Y.

This was my first new car purchase and I was intimidated at first, but my coordinator was so helpful and always available to answer any questions I had throughout the process. It was such a relief to have someone who, I felt, was always on my side and a strong advocate for me with the dealership. I am so grateful to now have a car that is reliable, runs on clean energy, and still fits my lifestyle needs.

Colleen M.

I have learned a lot from this program. I loved my experience, working with such caring people was a blessing.

Edith M.

It was a wonderful experience. My my coordinator was always available to answer my questions and concerns. She helped me from the beginning to the end of this process. This car will not be a financial burden on my family budget but rather a peace of mind.

Imteyaz A.

As a student, I was concerned about the price of gas and carbon footprint of a car within my price range, but I was able to avoid these issues through this great program. DCAP made it fast and approachable to apply for the grant, and work with both me and the dealership to get me in a great car that will last me years. I cannot recommend this program enough.

Jetta C.

I was able to budget appropriately, unsubscribe to things I didn’t know I was paying for , consolidate my debt, and
prepare my credit for getting a new car. Not only did my credit and spending improve – I was able to get a car 9 years NEWER than my previous with a CHEAPER
CAR NOTE AND BETTER RATE. I couldn’t be more grateful.

Nia J.

My family is now the proud owner of a plug-in electric vehicle! We would never have been able to complete this purchase without the help and guidance from the Driving Clean Assistance Program. We received a grant that allowed us to afford a vehicle that we would not otherwise been able to purchase on our
budget.

Nicholas K.

I am a single mother with a 15 year old daughter and two very busy schedules to keep up with. While I am gainfully employed I hardly make a “living wage” in this very expensive state. The car that I was driving was on its last leg it would have cost me more money to fix the car then it was worth. My credit was basically non
existent in the eyes of traditional loan companies trying to get a new car was becoming a very difficult task. With the help of DCAP I was able to obtain a reliable vehicle.

Aisha W.

Since getting this vehicle it has given me a peace of mind to be able to get to work and home safely. It definitely has been a great joy to work with DCAP.

Alicia S.

Honestly, I am speechless. Words can’t describe how grateful and honored that CHDC has supported me with a affordable car. My children and I will forever be grateful.

Brandy H.

I am a single mother of 3 children with a physical disability. With my income and my credit I for sure thought it was a no. But when I got the call saying I was approved was the greatest feeling in the world. I am so grateful for this program for believing in me and giving me this opportunity to stay working to provide for my children.

Angel D.

I have wanted an electric vehicle for quite some time. I was driving a car that could not pass the smog test and now have the opportunity to drive a zero-emission vehicle. From the grant assistance to the personalized support, I don’t think I could have gotten an affordable, cleaner vehicle without DCAP’s program.

Brett Zeuner

My coordinator gave me a better understanding of my budget and finances. She worked tirelessly to coordinate with myself and the seller. As a disabled veteran and senior citizen I’m no longer able to repair and maintain my old vehicle anymore. I’m able to make my VA doctor appointments and visit my 13 year old without blowing my budget or worrying about an unexpected and unknown repair expense. Peace of mind is a blessing.

Floyd A.

My coordinator was so great. She guided me through the process and worked hard on my behalf to help me get into a quality vehicle. I am so grateful to her and CHDC-without their help I would be struggling to get to work/school/get my son to school and daycare. Through the program, I have been able to keep progressing on this path to self-sufficiency and success.

Irene E.

I’m a working single mother of 2 and for the last year I’ve been without my own car. Asking for rides and being at the mercy of others and their time was probably the most frustrating thing I’ve had to deal with in a long time. Not only did I qualify for the down payment assistance I also received credit and budgeting counseling information that actually increased my credit store. I will forever appreciate DCAP.

Jasmine S

If it wasn’t for this program there would be no way I would be able to afford this vehicle. I want to say thank you again for helping me progress in my life. it has made life so much easier to drop and pick up my children from school, after school programs and sports practices.

John H.

This program has provided us with the funds to purchase a car for our family that would allow us to easily buy groceries and for me to get to work on
time. I am very grateful for what this program provides and greatly appreciate the time and effort that was put into this entire process.

Johnny W.

Thanks to the DCAP I was able to purchase a clean, reliable car that I will be able to use for years to come.

Jordan W.

The associates within DCAP were extremely helpful in guiding me through the steps to be taken in order to access the PHEV grant towards a vehicle that perfectly fits my needs.

Karl J.

I would like to say thank you for the very professional and patient processing of my application and subsequent working out all the details with the dealership.
DCAP handled the process in a very friendly and at the same time professional manner, and answered all my questions without delay.

Gary V.

I commute 6 days a week and the majority of my income was going toward putting gas in my car. I couldn’t have gotten my Chevy Volt without DCAP’s help. They have taught me how to budget my income better and have given me tools to succeed.

Lauren H.

Having a safe and reliable car was essential for me and my family. Getting kids to Child care, jobs, getting groceries, medical appointments, and so many other everyday tasks was difficult for us and out of reach especially for me with challenges with credit and financial means to get a car. The DCAP worked with me from start to finish to ensure that I got a fair deal when buying and financing this car. The best part of this process was the transparency and fairness.

Leonard D.

DCAP provided me with funds to help purchase an all electric vehicle, time, and a leadership mentor experience with my coordinator to develop and understand questions in several areas. In addition, the research experiences that I obtained from DCAP gave me the tools to cultivate and contribute to a clean environment.

Leticia A.

Thank you so much DCAP for being so caring and patience during the process! The community is honored and blessed to receive such service and assistance from you both.

Linh T.

Thank you for all the support that you offer to me during my car purchase. I’m very happy because, I’m able to help the planet, and environment to
be free of pollution

Maria P.

Very thankful to have found out about this program, and loving our car!

Michael M.

I was without a vehicle for almost four years. After being introduced to DCAP, I began the process that now has me back on the road. As a direct result of being able to purchase this car, I am now employed, am able to make important appointments at the VA. You all set me on a different path, and for that I’m
forever grateful!

Shelton I.

Since getting this vehicle it has given me a peace of mind to be able to get to work and home safely.

Sidney M.

When I first learned about DCAP, I thought it was too good to be true but after hearing about other people’s successful experiences I decided to apply as well. Not only was it a good opportunity to increase my financial literacy but I was also able to purchase a “green” vehicle that I would’ve not been able to afford otherwise.

Souphaphone P.

The position I had in life, while caring for my family my grandmother, kept me from being able to qualify for reliable car loans. DCAP has been beyond great from the beginning to the wonderful end.

Teri M

My previous van was in need of all new tires, and some very expensive repairs and wasn’t going to last much longer. I could not have done this on my own. Thank you for bringing resolution , comfort, joy and stability in our lives.

Trinity B.

Commuting around town & not relying on public transport or my bicycle has been like night and day. The grant funds ensured I got an affordable lease on the EV car model I have wanted/needed for some time.  A big thank you to DCAP for making that possible.  I’m a very happy driver!

Xavier M.

Submit an Eligibility Questionnaire

To begin the initial inquiry, please enter the following information. Please note, this is not an application; this is merely the initial eligibility questionnaire. If the information you provide qualifies for the program, you will be able to download an application packet before you click submit.

Frequently Asked Questions

DCAP is a financial education and down payment assistance program for clean energy vehicles offered to low-income families/individuals. We offer two services: a grant of up to $5,000 (amount depends on income level and the vehicle type) and financing of up to $20,000. An applicant may apply for just one service or both.

Eligibility is based on several criteria which includes the California county where you reside and qualifying household income, which is 400 percent of the federal poverty level. Check if you qualify by entering your gross income and county of residency.  (Click here to see if you are eligible.)

Please fill out an eligibility questionnaire. If you are eligible, the questionnaire will allow you to download an application. To submit the application, you can either click on the submit button on the application itself, email a copy, mail a copy, or text us pictures of the application.

  • Ensure you are eligible
  • Complete your application and submit all required documentation
  • Once your file is complete, you will be assigned to a coordinator. The coordinator will be the direct point of contact moving forward approving your for the grant and/or loan. When you have been approved, you will receive an approval letter from the coordinator
  • Find a vehicle and send the dealership information to your coordinator
  • Once the dealership send all required documentation, we can disburse the funds to the dealership account.
  • After you have finalized your purchase, we can refer you to Grid Alternative for the EVSE charging grant

Due to high demand for DCAP grants, our processing time is taking approximately 12 weeks. Applications are processed in the order received. Please note, this is an estimation. Actual processing times may vary depending on demand.

Any vehicle qualifying as a plug-in hybrid, hybrid, battery electric, or fuel cell. Both new and used vehicles are acceptable for either purchase or lease.

Used vehicles must meet the following restrictions:

  • Less than 8 years old
  • Less than 75,000 miles
  • Cannot be a salvaged title

Unfortunately, no. We are a point of sale program, which means you would have needed to apply before the purchase of the vehicle. Since we are a pre-purchase program, we are unable to provide grant funds retroactively. To be eligible, you would have needed to receive approval and to coordinate the vehicle purchase beforehand.

Up to $20,000 in low-interest auto loans from (Travis Credit Union or Beneficial State Bank) and up to $5,000 in grant funds from the State of California Air Resources Board. The grant amount varies depending on gross household income and the vehicle type (BEV vs FCE vs. PHEV vs. HEV).

Anyone you are financially responsible for, we would consider a part of your household. This would include children, spouses, partners, etc. To ascertain if you are financially responsible for someone, consider how much of their expenses you pay.

We are NOT able to be stacked with CVAP or Clean Cars 4 All. Stacking with any State funded equity program (other than CVRP) is strictly prohibited. Failure to adhere to this mandate will constitute fraud and the grant received by the applicant will be forfeited and liable to being paid back to the administrators of the grant. We do NOT stack with most grants.

However, we DO stack with several rebates, such as: CVRP (California Vehicle Rebate Project), PCE (Peninsula Clean Energy aka Driving Forward), MCEv (Marin Clean Energy Electric Vehicle Rebate), PG&E, CFL (Clean Fuel Reward), Federal Tax Credit, etc. Each one of these programs/rebates have their own unique eligibility requirements and application process, which differs from our organization.  Please check each program’s website for eligibility, requirements, and how to apply

If you are interested in learning more about the aforementioned programs, here are two comprehensive lists of incentives and programs offered federally and by the state of California.

References – List of Incentives/Programs:

  1. California – https://driveclean.ca.gov/
  2. Federal – https://afdc.energy.gov/laws

Grants received do not have to be repaid however, there are conditions.

  • The vehicle purchased with the grant must be registered in the applicant’s name and in California for a minimum of thirty months.
  • Stacking with any CARB funded equity program (other than CVRP) is strictly prohibited. Failure to adhere to either of these mandate will constitute fraud and the grant received by the applicant will be forfeited and liable to being paid back to the administrators of the grant.

Low interest loans will require repayment. Call the Driving Clean team for more information.

No. Applicants can only submit one application per lifetime for the Driving Clean Assistance Program.

We have a list of partnered dealerships that will accept our grant and that we have worked with in the past (click here for the list of partnered dealerships). However, you are not required to go through these dealership. If the dealership is located in California and able to provide all required vehicle documentation, you should be able to work with them. Exercise caution when selecting a dealership. Communicate with the dealership of choice to ascertain if they will accept our grant before you begin the vehicle purchase process.

*Private sellers are not permitted*

If you purchase a Battery Electric Vehicle or Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle, up to $2,000 in additional grant funds are available for an at-home or public charge card. The eligible applicant must own the property where the charger will be installed or provide evidence from the property owner allowing the applicant to install and operate the charger. We have partnered with GRID Alternatives to provide installation services for clients. (GRID Alternative’s website). To be eligible for the charging grant, you must have successfully purchased a BEV or PHEV with the DCAP grant.

Most likely, you would still be eligible for the grant even if you are unemployed. However, you would not be eligible for our loan. We do require financial documents, even if you are unemployed. If you are receiving unemployment benefits, you can submit a 1099 form or Unemployment Benefits Award Letter, both of which can be downloaded from the unemployment website.

First, you must complete an application packet and submit all of the required documentation listed in the application. Once complete, your file will be assigned to a coordinator for further review and financial education. The coordinator will be working with you directly towards grant approval and the vehicle purchase/lease. After you receive a conditional grant and/or loan approval letter, you will be permitted to go car shopping. Please send us the dealership’s and sales representative’s contact information once you have selected a particular vehicle

Applicants can check the status of their application by emailing us at DriveEVgrants@communityHDC.org or call us at 510-685-4303.

Grant funds are wired directly to the dealership, on behalf of the grantee.

Thank You Program Partners

Travis Credit Union
Grid Alternatives
Access Clean California

Thank You Program Sponsors

California Climate Investments
California Air Resources Board

Click here for our implementation plan

Contact Us for More Information

We’re here to give you all the support you need. You can reach out to our team at:

(P) 510-685-4303 (E) DriveEVgrants@communityhdc.org

Or mail us at Community Housing Development Corporation

Attn: Driving Clean Assistance Program
1535-A Fred Jackson Way
Richmond, CA 94801