EPA: Clean Diesel National Grants, Request for Applications

EPA anticipates awarding approximately $44 million in competitive grant funding under the Diesel Emissions Reductions Act (DERA) National Grants Program. The program is soliciting applications nationwide for projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions and exposure, particularly from fleets operating in areas designated by the Administrator as poor air quality areas.

There will be three informational webinars, the first of which is today: Wednesday, December 11, 2019; 1:00 p.m. (ET) Click here to join/reserve a spot in the webinar audience: https://meet.lync.com/usepa/swift.faye/TG550JGJ

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Application packages must be submitted electronically to EPA through Grants.gov (www.grants.gov) no later than Wednesday, February 26, 2020, at 11:59  p.m. (ET) to be considered for funding.

Eligible Applicants: The following U.S. entities are eligible to apply for DERA National Grants:

  • Regional, state, local or tribal agencies/consortia or port authorities with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality
  • Nonprofit organizations or institutions that represent or provide pollution reduction or educational services to persons or organizations that own or operate diesel fleets or have the promotion of transportation or air quality as their principal purpose.

School districts, municipalities, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), cities and counties are all eligible entities to the extent that they fall within the definition above.

Please refer to the full RFA for specific information about this competition.

Eligible Uses of Funding

Eligible diesel vehicles, engines and equipment include:

  • School buses
  • Class 5 – Class 8 heavy-duty highway vehicles
  • Locomotive engines
  • Marine engines
  • Nonroad engines, equipment or vehicles used in construction, handling of cargo (including at ports or airports), agriculture, mining or energy production (including stationary generators and pumps).

From IRPT: Members, I would very much like to encourage you to review the list of past grant awards. You can view the recipient, award amount and project description here: https://www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/clean-diesel-national-grants-awarded. A very quick snapshot of ports or terminals that have received grants in the past include (but certainly not limited to):

  • 2018: Southeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission received $195,963 to replace two front-end loaders;
  • 2018: Southeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission received $365,545 for Mississippi River workboat engine replacement;
  • 2018: Alabama State Port received $400,000 for switcher locomotive engine replacement;
  • 2018: Maryland Environmental Service received $2.45 million for cargo handling equipment upgrades, replace 35 drayage trucks, prop and auxiliary engine replacement in marine vessel;

Please learn more here: https://www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/clean-diesel-national-grants#rfa