Clean Diesel National Grants - 2018 Request For Proposals OPEN

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 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.

Proposal packages must be submitted electronically to EPA through ( no later than June 12, 2018, at 11:59  p.m. (ET) to be considered for funding.

Activity Date
Request for Proposals (RFP) OPEN Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Information Session Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 2 p.m. ET
Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 3 p.m. ET
Deadline for Proposals Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. ET
Notification of Selected Applicants July 2018
Funding of Awards September-November, 2018

Supporting Information for RFP

Frequently Asked Questions

All applicants are encouraged to review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document for further clarification of this Request for Proposals. Applicants may email written questions to: Please type “RFP Question” in the subject line.

The FAQ document will be updated with new questions and answers weekly. The deadline for submitting questions via email is Friday, June 1, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. ET. The estimated final posting of the FAQ document will be Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. ET.

RFP Information Sessions

EPA will host two Information Sessions regarding this Request for Proposals via teleconference/webinar, based on the schedule below. EPA will attempt to answer any questions in these public forums.

2018 Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Information Sessions Link to Join Webinar
Webinar #1 - Tuesday, May 1, 2018
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. (ET)

To join the webinar:
Conference Number: 1 (202) 991-0477
Participant Code: 4149804#

Webinar #2 - Thursday, May 3, 2018
3:00 - 4:30 p.m. (ET)

To join the webinar:
Conference Number: 1 (202) 991-0477
Participant Code: 4149804#

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Tools and Resources for Applicants

Reporting Templates for Grantees