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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    Infrastructure For Rebuilding America Grant Program

    Deadline: 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on March 19, 2021

    The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has announced it is seeking applicants for the FY 2021 round of the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) discretionary grant program to fund transportation projects of national and regional significance that are in line with the Biden Administration’s principles for national infrastructure projects that result in good-paying jobs, improve safety, apply transformative technology, and explicitly address climate change and racial equity. The funding available for this year’s grants totals approximately $889 million.

    SUMMARY: The Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) program provides Federal financial assistance to highway and freight projects of national or regional significance. This notice solicits applications for awards under the program’s fiscal year (FY) 2021 funding, subject to the availability of appropriated funds.

    DATES: Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EDT on March 19, 2021. The Grants.gov “Apply” function will open by February 17, 2021.

    ADDRESSES: Applications must be submitted through www.Grants.gov. Only applicants who comply with all submission requirements described in this notice and submit applications
    through www.Grants.gov will be eligible for award.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information regarding this notice, please contact the Office of the Secretary via email at [email protected], or call
    Paul Baumer at (202) 366-1092. A TDD is available for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing at 202-366-3993. In addition, up to the application deadline, the Department will post answers to common questions and requests for clarifications on USDOT’s website at https://www.transportation.gov/buildamerica/INFRAgrants.

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

    2021 PROPOSALs due 4/12/21

    The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced the availability of up to $180 million in competitive grant funds through a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for FTA’s Low or No Emission (Low-No) Grant Program. The Low-No Program helps eligible project sponsors purchase or lease low- or no-emission vehicles and supporting facilities that use advanced technologies to provide cleaner, more energy efficient transit operations in communities across the country.

    Date Posted: 
    Date Closed: 
    Opportunity ID: FTA-2021-001-LowNo


    Details: 2/11/2021. 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 $180 million of Fiscal Year 2021 funds for the purchase or lease of low or no emission vehicles as well as related equipment or facilities and workforce development training. Synopses and full announcement are posted on Grants.gov site as opportunity FTA-2021-001-LowNo. Proposals must be submitted electronically through Grants.gov website by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on 4/12/2021.

    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. Additionally, recipients are permitted to use up to 0.5 percent of their requested grant award for workforce development activities eligible under federal public transportation law (49 U.S.C. 5314(b)) and an additional 0.5 percent for costs associated with training at the National Transit Institute.

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

    Link and Instructions for attaching the supplemental form to the SF-424: All applicants must complete the attached supplemental form and attach it to their submission in GRANTS.GOV.

    Dates: An applicant must submit a proposal electronically by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on 4/12/2021. Any agency intending to apply should initiate the process of registering on the GRANTS.GOV site immediately to ensure completion of registration before the submission deadline.

    webinar for this opportunity will be held Thursday, March 4, 2021 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm EST.

    For Further Information Contact: For information on this NOFO for Low or No Emission Program, contact Amy Volz, Office of Program Management, 202-366-7484 or consult our FAQs.

    Links

    Notice of Funding Opportunity
    News Release

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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

    Concept Papers Due: February 5, 2021

    Full Application Due: April 7, 2021

    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

    Concept papers due: February 1, 2021

    Full applications due: April 5, 2021.

    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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    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.