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Clean Diesel National Grants

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2019 Request For Applications CLOSED

EPA anticipates awarding approximately  $40 million in competitive grant funding for the Diesel Emissions Reductions Act (DERA) Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program. The Program solicited proposals nationwide for projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution produced and exposure, particularly from fleets operating in areas designated by the Administrator as poor air quality areas.

The 2019 request for applications period is closed as the deadline for submission of applications was March 26, 2019, at 11:59  p.m. ET. The 2020 request for applications is planned to open in December 2019. Below are upcoming activities related to the 2019 funding awards.

Important Dates

Activity Date
Notification of Selected Applicants April-May 2019
Funding of Awards June-October, 2019

Supporting Information for Past National RFAs and RFPs

The following information can be found on the Clean Diesel Past National RFAs, RFPs, and Documents page.

  • Requests for Proposals
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Sample Project Narratives
  • Sample Applicant Fleet Descriptions
  • National Priority Area Lists
  • Sample Drayage Operating Guidelines
  • National Funding Assistance Program Webinars
  • Transport Refrigeration Unit Factsheet

Eligible Applicants

The following U.S. entities are eligible to apply for Clean Diesel 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.

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).

Grant funds may be used for clean diesel projects including:

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

Grant Process

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

  • Project Narrative (no more than 11 pages)
  • Standard Form SF 424 – Application for Federal Assistance
  • Standard Form SF 424A – Budget Information
  • Standard Form 424B - Non-Construction Programs
  • EPA Form 4700-4 - Pre-Award Compliance Review
  • EPA Form 5700-54 - Key Contacts Form
  • Applicant Fleet Description information (not included in the page limit)
  • Emissions Reduction Calculations (not included in the page limit)
  • Cost-Share Commitment Letters, if applicable (not included in the page limit)
  • Partnership Letters, if applicable (not included in the page limit)
  • Mandated Measures Justification Supporting Information, if applicable (not included in the page limit)
After the closing date, all eligible applications will be reviewed and ranked. Selected projects may be fully or partially funded. 

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