Funding 2019

Louisiana Clean Fuels is a resource for your business for clean project funding opportunities. Below is the funding that is currently available or funding that is typically reoccurring.

Want to be notified when funding opportunities become available? Email us at info@louisianacleanfuels.org to get added to our contact list. For all other funding inquiries, contact Ann Vail at ann@louisianacleanfuels.org

VW Settlement Funding

The 2019 period for applications for VW Mitigation Trust Settlement projects is open! Apply now!

The plan gives first consideration "to replacement or repowering of school buses owned or used by Louisiana school districts with newer, cleaner vehicles, and/or new cleaner burning engines." These funds will not be used for fleet expansion. The goal is to get older, polluting vehicles off the road and to replace them with new, cleaner options. The amount of funding that the state is proposing for school bus replacements are as follows:

  1. 25% matching funds will be given for the replacement or repowering of eligible buses with newer cleaner-burning diesel.
  2. 50% matching funds will be given for the replacement of eligible buses with eligible alternate fuels powered buses, including Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), propane, etc.

The plan also includes language which allows the state to utilize "up to 15% of its allocation of Mitigation Trust funds on the costs necessary for, and directly connected to, the acquisition, installation, operation and maintenance of new, light duty, zero emission vehicle supply equipment for projects..." Electric vehicle charging infrastructure is the only type of fueling infrastructure allowed under the VW Settlement.

School Districts wishing to take advantage of this funding should bookmark the state's VW webpage and watch for any requests for proposal (RFP) by the state. Louisiana Clean Fuels is working closely with the LDEQ on outreach for the state's bus replacement program. If your school district would like to learn more about the different fueling options available under the plan or would like assistance with their proposals to the state, please email Ann Vail at Louisiana Clean Fuels ann@louisianacleanfuels.org.

For more information, see our VW Settlement page.

Entergy eTech Incentives Program

Entergy’s eTech program promotes the adoption of electric-powered alternatives to many applications that traditionally require fossil fuels. The program provides customer support by dedicated field representatives and financial incentives to Entergy customers who purchase select electric equipment. Entergy is offering financial incentives for such things as installing Level 2 EV Chargers (Plug), truck stop and fleet electrification, and truck refridgeration units. Many other technologies may qualify, so contact Entergy at etech@entergy.com for more information.

Visit the Entergy eTech Incentives page for more information.


EPA Clean Diesel National Grants

EPA anticipates awarding approximately $40 million in competitive grant funding for the Diesel Emissions Reductions Act (DERA) Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program. The Program is soliciting applications 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.

Visit the EPA Clean Diesel National Grants page for more information.


Louisiana Alternative Fuel Vehicles and Fueling Infrastructure Tax Credit 

The state offers a nonrefundable income tax credit of 30% of the cost of converting a vehicle to operate on an alternative fuel and the cost of alternative fueling equipment. For new original equipment manufacturer AFVs, a taxpayer may take a tax credit of 10% of the cost of the motor vehicle, up to $2,500. To qualify for the tax credit, vehicles must be dedicated AFVs and registered in Louisiana. Commercial vehicles should primarily be used in Louisiana and operate for at least four years. For the purpose of this incentive, alternative fuels include natural gas, propane, non-ethanol based advanced biofuels (excluding flexible fuel vehicles), and electricity if the vehicle has at least four wheels, is primarily for on-street use, can attain a minimum speed of 55 miles per hour, has a minimum battery capacity of four kilowatt-hours, and can be charged externally. Restrictions may apply.

See the Alternative Fuels Data Center for more information. 


Additional Funding Resources

Explore the U.S. Dept. of Energy's Clean Cities Financial Opportunities page for additional current and upcoming funding opportunities for clean transportation projects.  Additionally, the Alternative Fuel Data Center's Laws and Incentives Database for Federal and local incentives for switching to cleaner fuels.