Grants

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

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    Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) National Grants

    2021 Request for Applications | APPLICATIONS DUE TUESDAY, MARCH 16, 2020 AT 11:59 PM EST

    EPA anticipates awarding approximately $46 million in competitive grant funding under the Diesel Emissions Reductions Act (DERA) National Grants Program. The program is soliciting applications nationwide for projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions and exposure, particularly from fleets operating in areas designated by the Administrator as poor air quality areas.

    Application packages must be submitted electronically to EPA through Grants.gov (www.grants.gov) no later than Tuesday, March 16, 2021, at 11:59  p.m. (ET) to be considered for funding.

    VISIT THE DERA WEB PAGE FOR MORE INFORMATION

    Important Dates

    Activity Date
    Request for Applications (RFA) OPEN

    Thursday, January 14, 2021

    Information Session Webinars

     
    Tuesday, January 26, 2021; 1:00 p.m. (ET)
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    Wednesday, Feburary 3, 2021; 3:00 p.m. (ET)
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    Thursday, February 11, 2021; 2:00 p.m. (ET)
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    Deadline for Submittal of Questions
    Questions and Answers (PDF)(16 pp, 257 K,  January 14, 2021)
    March 5, 2021 at 4 p.m. (ET)
    Deadline for Applications Tuesday, March 16, 2021, at 11:59  p.m. (ET)
    Notification of Selected Applicants April-May, 2021
    Funding of Awards June-October, 2021

    ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS

    The following U.S. entities are eligible to apply for DERA 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 diesel emission reduction 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.

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

    Questions and Answers

    All applicants are encouraged to review the Questions and Answers (PDF)(16 pp, 257 K, January 14, 2021) for further clarification of this Request for Applications. Applicants may email written questions to: [email protected]. All questions submitted via email by 4:00 p.m. ET each Friday during the RFA open period will be answered and posted in the questions and answers document the following week. The deadline for submitting questions is March 5, 2021 at 4 p.m. ET. The final Questions and Answers document will be posted on March 10, 2021. All questions and answers, including those from all webinar information sessions, will be added to this document.

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    DOE Announces $60 Million to Accelerate Advanced Vehicle Technologies Research and $35 Million for Bioenergy Research and Development

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $60 million in new and innovative advanced vehicle technologies research and up to $35 million in funding for bioenergy feedstock technologies and algae research and development. The vehicle technologies funding supports research that will lead to more affordable, efficient, and secure transportation energy. The bioenergy technologies funding opportunity announcement (FOA) supports the White House priority for advancing the domestic bioeconomy, as well as the Bioenergy Technologies Office’s goals of improving the performance and lowering the cost and risk of technologies that can be used to produce biofuels, biopower, and bioproducts.

    VEHICLE TECHNOLOGIES FUNDING

    Funded through the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, this funding opportunity supports priorities in batteries and electrification, advanced engine and fuel technologies, materials, and new mobility technologies. Topic areas include:

    Batteries and Electrification (Up to $35 million)

    • Advanced liquid electrolytes for lithium-ion cells under extreme conditions, such as extreme fast charging, and mechanical, thermal, or electrical abuse
    • Novel liquid electrolytes for lithium-sulfur cells that improve the overall stability and performance of these cells
    • Lithium-sulfur and lithium-air battery cell development
    • High-power-density traction inverters for use in light-, medium-, or heavy-duty vehicle applications


    Advanced Combustion Engines and Fuels (Up to $5 million)

    • Development of simulation tools that couple engine combustion with aftertreatment systems to enable optimization of light- or heavy-duty aftertreatment systems for near-zero exhaust emission while maintaining or improving engine efficiency.


    Materials Technology (Up to $11.5 million)

    • Production demonstration of lightweight multi-material passenger vehicle glider systems.


    New Mobility Systems (Up to $17.5 million)

    • Cooperative driving automation in vehicles enabled by low-cost infrastructure upgrades or novel applications
    • New mobility systems technologies or practices demonstrated in real-world transportation systems.


    Transportation and Energy Analysis (Up to $1.2 million)

    Some of these topics also support DOE’s Energy Storage Grand Challenge, which draws on the extensive research capabilities of the DOE National Laboratories as well as universities and industry to accelerate the development of energy-storage technologies and sustain American global leadership in the energy storage technologies of the future.

    The application process will include two phases: a concept paper and a full application. Concept papers are due on February 5, 2021, and full applications are due on April 7, 2021.

    For more information and application requirements, please visit the EERE Program Information Center and Grants.gov

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    BIOENERGY FUNDING

    Topic Areas include:

    • Characterization of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) to Enable Production of Conversion-Ready Feedstocks (up to $15M):
      • Measurement of variability of key MSW characteristics within and across unique MSW streams
      • Development of novel methods for rapid/real-time measurements.
    • Algae Productivity Exceeding Expectations (APEX) (up to $20M):
      • Improvements in productivity with traditional carbon dioxide (CO2) supply
      • Improvements in productivity with Direct Air Capture (DAC) of CO2 from ambient air.

    The Feedstock Technologies Topic Area will focus on the characterization of MSW streams. Projects will work on understanding MSW variability and informing the steps necessary to produce conversion-ready feedstock. The Advanced Algal Systems Topic Area looks to improve seasonal productivity of algae via a diverse portfolio of strains and improvement approaches. Projects will develop tools to accelerate current and future strain and cultivation improvements.

    The application process will include two phases: a concept paper and a full application. Concept papers are due on February 1, 2021, and full applications are due on April 5, 2021.

    For more information, please visit the EERE Program Information Center and Grants.gov.

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    FTA Low or No Emission Program (Low-No Program)

    2020 PROPOSAL PERIOD CLOSED

    The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced that it will make available more than $130 million in grants to help fund the purchase of low or no emission buses and chargers in communities nationwide. This funding level represents the most funding in the history of the program. Electric buses, chargers, and associated electric bus infrastructure are eligible under this program. The Low or No Emission Competitive program provides funding to state and local governmental authorities for the purchase or lease of zero-emission and low-emission transit buses as well as acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities. Under the FAST Act, $55 million per year is available until fiscal year 2020.

    Date Posted: 1/17/2020
    Date Closed: 3/17/2020
    Opportunity ID: FTA-2020-005-LowNo

    Details

    Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): Solicitation of Project Proposals for the Low or No Emission Program (Low-No Program). The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the availability of $130 million of Fiscal Year 2020 funds for the purchase or lease of low or no emission vehicles as well as related equipment or facilities. Synopses and full announcement are posted on Grants.gov site as opportunity FTA-2020-005-LowNo. Proposals must be submitted electronically through Grants.gov website by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on 3/17/2020.

    Summary

    The main purpose of the Low-No Program is to support the transition of the nation’s transit fleet to the lowest polluting and most energy efficient transit vehicles. The Low-No Program provides funding to State and local governmental authorities for the purchase or lease of zero-emission and low-emission transit buses, including acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities.

    Eligible Applicants

    An Eligible Applicant is a designated recipient of FTA grants, states, local governmental authorities and Indian Tribes.

    Eligible Activities

    Eligible projects include:

    • purchasing or leasing low- or no-emission buses
    • acquiring low- or no-emission buses with a leased power source
    • constructing or leasing facilities and related equipment (including intelligent technology and software) for low- or no-emission buses
    • constructing new public transportation facilities to accommodate low- or no-emission buses
    • rehabilitating or improving existing public transportation facilities to accommodate low- or no-emission buses

    More Information

    For Further Information Contact: For information on this RFP for Low or No Emission Program, contact Victor Waldron, Office of Program Management, 202-366-5183 e-mail: [email protected] or consult our FAQs.

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    Volkswagen Mitigation Trust Funding

    The third proposal period for VW funding is now CLOSED. We will share updates as they become available.

    In 2017, Volkswagen AG (VW) agreed to plead guilty to charges that it installed software in its model year 2009-2015 2.0-liter diesel cars and 3.0-liter diesel cars that circumvented EPA emissions standards using a “defeat device.” These vehicles emit up to 40 times more pollution than emissions standards allow in the form of nitrogen oxides (NOx), a pollutant that harms public health and contributes to ozone or smog formation.

    As part of a settlement, states are eligible to receive funds to pay all or part of the cost of projects to reduce emissions from diesel vehicles and to install electric vehicle charging stations.

    SCHOOL BUSES

    The state's 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 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 CNG, propane, or Electric.

    FUNDING FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING INFRASTRUCTURE (EVSE)

    The state's 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.

    Under National VW Settlement Guidelines, level 2 and DC Fast Chargers can be funded at the following levels:

    • Up to 100% of the cost to purchase, install and maintain eligible light-duty electric vehicle supply equipment that will be available to the public at a Government-Owned Property.
    • Up to 80% of the cost to purchase, install and maintain eligible light-duty electric vehicle supply equipment that will be available to the public at a Non-Government Owned Property.
    • Up to 60% of the cost to purchase, install and maintain eligible light-duty electric vehicle supply equipment that is available at a workplace but not to the general public.

    The lead agency has put a priority on Public EVSE infrastructure applications from state agencies and other government entities. Proposals from private entities will also be considered. Application guidance has been issued by the LDEQ and can be found on their website. If you would like assistance with preparing your proposal, please email Tyler Herrmann with Louisiana Clean Fuels at [email protected]. To view the state's plan and for more information, visit the LDEQ's Volkswagen page. For more information or to comment on the state's plan, please email [email protected].

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    Louisiana Clean Diesel Grant Program (DERA)

    Project Period

    To the extent resources are available, EPA finalizes program awards by October 1 of every year. The LDEQ anticipates that applications for the state DERA funds will be received, evaluated and awarded by the end of the calendar year. All funded projects must be completed by September 30 of the following year.

    Summary Statement

    The LDEQ will award competitive grants to eligible organizations for projects that maximize the benefits to public health, create and/or sustain existing jobs, and reduce diesel emissions in Louisiana. Awarded grants will achieve diesel emissions reductions by retrofitting, upgrading, replacing, or reducing idling from on-road and off-road diesel engines and equipment. All projects shall use EPA or California Air Resource Board (CARB) Verified Technologies.

    Contact: 

    Vivian Aucoin
    Environmental Scientist Manager
    Office of Environmental Assessment
    225-219-3482
    [email protected]

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    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.