Environmental Protection Agency: Diesel Emission Reduction Act National Grants
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seeks projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions. Eligible diesel vehicles, engines, and equipment may include buses, Class 5 – Class 8 heavy-duty highway vehicles, marine engines, locomotives and non-road engines, and equipment or vehicles such as those used in construction, handling of cargo, agriculture, mining, or energy production. Eligible diesel emissions reduction solutions include verified retrofit technologies such as exhaust after-treatment technologies, engine upgrades, and cleaner fuels and additives, verified idle reduction technologies, verified aerodynamic technologies, verified low rolling resistance tires, certified engine replacements and conversions, and certified vehicle or equipment replacement.
Priority for funding is given to fleets operating in areas designated as having poor air quality and fleets which service goods movement facilities. Further priority for funding is given to projects with outcomes that benefit affected communities, those that engage affected communities in the design and performance of the project, and those which demonstrate the ability to promote and continue efforts to reduce emissions after the project has ended.
Amount: Approximately $44,000,000 is available to award 2-8 cooperative agreement awards per EPA region. Region 6 is accepting applications for projects located within Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. The maximum request amount for applications from Region 6 is $2,500,000.
Eligibility: Regional, state, or local agencies, tribal governments (or intertribal consortium) or native villages, or port authorities, which have jurisdiction over transportation or air quality; and nonprofit organizations or institutions that: 1) represent or provide pollution reduction or educational services to persons or organizations that own or operate diesel fleets; or 2) have, as their principal purpose, the promotion of transportation or air quality.
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