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Working Together for Cleaner Air

DERA National Funding Assistance Program

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FY 2014 Request for Proposals (RFP) - Closed

The $9 million funding opportunity for the National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program is now closed.

EPA anticipates that evaluations and selections will be completed during September 2014, at which time applicants will be notified of their status.


Activity Date
OPEN  Request for Proposals RFP (PDF) (72 pp, 500K, April 2014) Thursday May 1, 2014
RFP closes - Proposals due Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Anticipated Notification of Selected Applicants September 2014
Anticipated Awards Fall-Winter 2014

Supporting Information for RFP

Information Sessions

EPA hosted two teleconference information sessions to answer questions on this RFP.

Presentation: Webinar Slides (PDF) (39 pp, 100K, May 13, 2014)


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) (PDF) (15 pp, 600K, June 13, 2014) will be updated weekly while the RFP is open. Please e-mail your questions to cleandiesel@epa.gov and type "National RFP Question" in the subject line. All questions and answers, including those from the information sessions, will be added to this document.

Eligible Applicants

The following United States entities are eligible to apply for these grants:

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

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

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Eligible Uses of Funding

Funds awarded under this program cannot be used to fund emissions reductions mandated under Federal law. Equipment used for testing emissions or for fueling infrastructure is not eligible for funding.

Buses, medium or heavy duty trucks, marine engines and locomotives may qualify for funding. Non-road engines or vehicles used in construction, cargo handling (including at a port or airport), agriculture, mining or energy production (including stationary generators and pumps) also qualify.

Grant funds may be used for clean diesel projects that use:

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

Grant Process

The RFP includes information on how to prepare and submit a proposal package. The proposal package must be received by the deadline and include the following information:

  • Cover Page
  • Project Narrative (no more than 10 pages)
  • Work Plan
  • Standard Form SF 424 – Application for Federal Assistance
  • Standard Form SF 424A – Budget Information
  • Applicant Fleet Description information (not included in page limit)
  • Cost-Share Commitment Letters, if applicable (not included in page limit)
  • Mandated Measures Justification and Substantiation Letters, if applicable (not included in page limit)

After the closing date, all eligible applications will be reviewed and ranked. Projects may be fully or partially funded.

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

Tools & Resources for Applicants

Previously Funded Projects

DERA National Projects

List of Projects funded through the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) or the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA)

DERA Tribal Grant Program

Tribal Projects funded through the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) or the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA)

Reporting Templates for Grantees

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