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DERA National Funding Assistance Program

FY 2015 Request for Proposals (RFP) - *** CLOSED ***

A $13.5 million funding opportunity for the Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program is now open. Proposals must be submitted electronically via www.grants.gov no later than 4 p.m. ET on June 15, 2015.

EPA anticipates that evaluations and selections will be completed by September, 2015, at which time applicants will be notified of their status.

Priority will be given to proposals which demonstrate, among other factors:

  • Diesel emission reductions from engines involved in goods movement, including freight and/or ports;
  • Diesel emission reductions in areas of poor air quality;
  • Project outcomes that benefit the community; and
  • Community engagement and partnerships in the development and implementation of the project.

Eligible entities include regional, state, local or tribal agencies (or intertribal consortia) or port authorities with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality, and nonprofit organizations or institutions that: a) represent or provide pollution reduction or educational services to persons or organizations that own or operate diesel fleets or b) have, as their principal purpose, the promotion of transportation or air quality.

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Activity Date
Closed  Request for Proposals RFP (PDF) (70 pp, 500K, April 2015) Thursday , April 30, 2015
RFP closes - Proposals due Monday, June 15, 2015, 4 p.m. ET
Anticipated Notification of Selected Applicants September 2015
Anticipated Awards Fall-Winter 2015

Supporting Information for RFP

Information Sessions

EPA is hosting two information sessions, via webinar, regarding the Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program FY 2015, Request for Proposals #EPA-OAR-OTAQ-15-06. An overview of the RFP will be presented at each webinar, with an opportunity for questions and answers. Pre-registration is not necessary, just click on the webinar link and enter as a guest.

Presentation: Webinar Slides (PDF) (39 pp, 100K, May 2015)

Date/Time Webinar Link Call-in/Access Code
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 2 p.m. ET https://epa.connectsolutions.com/dera15-1 Audio: 866-299-3188
Conference Code: 3439147#
Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 2 p.m. ET https://epa.connectsolutions.com/dera15-2 Call-in: 866-299-3188
Conference Code: 3439147#

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) (PDF) (13 pp, 120K, June 12, 2015) will be updated weekly while the RFP is open. Please e-mail your questions to cleandiesel@epa.gov and type "Clean Diesel 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, Class 5 - Class 8 heavy duty highway vehicles, 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 & Work Plan (no more than 11 pages)
  • 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)
  • Letters of Support/Partnership, if applicable (not included in page limit)
  • Mandated Measures Justification Supporting Information, 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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