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Clean Diesel National Grants

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2018 Request For Proposals 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.  Below are upcoming activities related to the funding awards.

Activity Date
Notification of Selected Applicants July 2018
Funding of Awards September-November, 2018

Supporting Information for Past National RFPs

The following information can be found on the Clean Diesel Past National RFPs and Docments 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

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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.

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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.

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 documents:

  • Project Narrative (no more than 11 pages)
  • Standard Form SF 424 – Application for Federal Assistance
  • Standard Form SF 424A – Budget Information
  • Applicant Fleet Description information
  • Emission Reduction Calculations
  • Cost-Share Commitment Letters, if applicable
  • Partnership Letters, if applicable
  • Mandated Measures Justification, if applicable

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

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Tools and Resources for Applicants

Reporting Templates for Grantees

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