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Clean Diesel National Grant | Open

2019 Request For Applications 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 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.

Application packages must be submitted electronically to EPA through Grants.gov (www.grants.gov) no later than Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at 11:59  p.m. (ET) to be considered for funding.

 

Activity

Date
Request for Applications (RFA) OPENS

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Information Session Webinar

Call-in Number: 1-202-991-0477
Access Code: 414-9804#

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 3 p.m. ET
Information Session Webinar

Call-in Number: 1-202-991-0477
Access Code: 414-9804#

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 2 p.m. ET
(13 pp, 357 K, December 19, 2018, About PDF):
Deadline for Submittal of Questions

February 22, 2019 at 4 p.m. ET
Deadline for Applications

Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at 11:59  p.m. (ET)

Notification of Selected Applicants

April 2019

Funding of Awards May-October, 2019

 

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 RFA for specific information about this competition.

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).

Need assistance with your applications? We can help! Email Ann at ann@louisianacleanfuels.org 

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Louisiana Clean Fuels Coordinator, Ann Vail, Inducted into Clean Cities Hall of Fame

U.S. Department of Energy Honors Louisiana Leader for Advancing Affordable, Domestic Fuels and Technologies in Transportation

BATON ROUGE – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) honored Louisiana Clean Fuels Coordinator Ann Vail for her dedication and outstanding accomplishments in working to advance alternative fuels and advanced vehicles in transportation. DOE’s National Clean Cities Director Dennis Smith and Co-Director Linda Bluestein inducted Vail into the Clean Cities Hall of Fame on Wednesday, November 7, while at the Florida Solar Energy Center, where representatives from nearly 100 Clean Cities coalitions from across the country gathered for the 2018 Clean Cities Coordinator Training Workshop.

Vail has been the coordinator of the Louisiana Clean Fuels coalition for nearly a decade, and her accomplishments during that time have been extensive. In 2016 alone, her coalition had an impact in energy use greater than 8.5 million gasoline gallon equivalents and averted more than 48,800 tons of emissions through projects focused on alternative and renewable fuels, advanced vehicles, idle reduction, and fuel economy improvements.

“Her enthusiasm for the work makes us all strive to do better … be better.” Smith said.

As a coordinator, Vail has garnered the support of both the state and the Southeast Louisiana Clean Fuels Partnership. Shortly after assuming the role as coordinator, she successfully expanded the coalition’s territory in Louisiana and has expertly guided Louisiana Clean Fuels' stakeholder base through dramatic growth. This has led to significant gains in reported alternative fuel use from mere thousands in 2012 to upwards of 8 million gallons per year. She has also been a staunch advocate of ensuring the continued operation of a landfill gas operation in Louisiana.

More recently, Vail has been actively involved with the state of Louisiana’s planning efforts for the Volkswagen Settlement, including extending her expertise to their state website, mitigation plan, and public notices. 


From left to right: Dennis Smith, Linda Bluestien, Ann Vail, Mark Smith.

Louisiana Clean Fuels is a designated member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s national network of nearly 100 Clean Cities coalitions. Clean Cities coalitions foster the economic, environmental, and energy security of the United States by working locally to advance affordable, domestic transportation fuels and technologies. For more information, visit cleancities.energy.gov and cleancities.energy.gov/hall-of-fame.

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EPA's Clean Diesel School Bus Rebate Program is open for application!

2018 EPA School Bus Rebate Program

Over $9 million available

Application Submission Deadline Approaching

November 6, 2018

EPA to offer rebates in addition to grants to reduce harmful emissions from older, dirtier diesel vehicles. The rebate program has funded vehicle replacements or retrofits for over one thousand vehicles to date. Typically, the rebate application period opens in the fall and projects are completed in less than one year.

2018 DERA School Bus Rebate Program

School buses travel over four billion miles each year, providing the safest transportation to and from school for more than 25 million American children every day. However, diesel exhaust from these buses has a negative impact on human health, especially for children, who have a faster breathing rate than adults and whose lungs are not yet fully developed.

The 2018 School Bus Rebate Program will offer over $9 million to public and private fleet owners for the replacement of old diesel school buses with new buses certified to EPA’s cleanest emission standards. EPA will award selected applicants $15,000-20,000 per bus for scrapping and replacing old buses. 

Important Dates

Activity Date
2018 DERA School Bus Rebate Program opens. EPA begins accepting applications with scans of titles and registrations submitted to CleanDieselRebate@epa.gov. Monday, October 1, 2018
Webinar for applicants:
LINK TO WEBINAR
Call-in Number: 1-202-991-0477
Access Code: 210 7951#
Thursday, October 11, 2018
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET 
Deadline for submitting application questions to CleanDiesel@epa.gov helpline Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Deadline for emailing applications with scans of bus titles and registrations to CleanDieselRebate@epa.gov
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

4 p.m. ET

Official selection letters emailed to selectees  and wait-list posted online January 2019 (estimated)
Deadline for submitting copies of purchase orders for replacement buses April 2019 (estimated)
Deadline for submitting documentation of delivery of replacement buses and scrappage of old buses. EPA will send rebate payment within one month of receipt of complete materials.  September 2019

Rebate Application Form and Supporting Documents

The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document will be updated weekly during the application period. Questions and answers submitted through October 30, including those from the webinar, will be added to this document.

Eligible Entities

  • Regional, state, or tribal agency that has jurisdiction over transportation and air quality, including school districts and municipalities
  • Private entities that operate school buses under a contract with an entity listed above
  • Fleets with up to 100 school buses may submit one application listing up to 10 buses for scrappage and replacement
  • Fleets with more than 100 school buses may submit up to two rebate applications, each listing up to 10 different buses for scrappage and replacement

Selection Process

  • Applicants will be selected in a lottery, with at least one selectee from each state/territory represented in the applicant pool.

Eligible Old School Buses to be Replaced

  • Used to transport 10+ pre-primary, primary, or secondary school students to school or homes
  • Driven 10k or more miles over the last 12 months or in use 3+ days/week during the school year
  • Owned by applicant without any active liens
  • Class 3-8 diesel-powered buses [greater than 10,000 lb Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR)]
  • Buses powered by 2006 or older model year engines must be replaced with buses powered by a 2017 or newer model year engine
  • Engine and chassis must be scrapped before receiving rebate payment

Eligible Replacement Buses

  • Powered by a 2017 or newer model year engine. Eligible replacement buses may operate on diesel, gasoline, battery, or alternative fuels.
  • Operate in a similar manner and over similar routes as the bus being replaced
  • Be purchased, not leased or leased-to-own 
  • Rebate reimbursement is $15,000 for replacement buses between 10,001-19,500 lbs. GVWR and $20,000 for replacement buses with GVWR of 19,501 lbs. or higher

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Update: Louisiana's VW Comment Period Ends July 11th

Alert:  The VW Mitigation Plan public notice (PN) has been extended to July 11, 2018, due to a major server failure that occurred during the time that the Mitigation Plan was on PN.  The server failure has been resolved; and this extension of the PN ensures that any resources that may not have been available to the public during the time the LDEQ server was unavailable, are now available (to the public).

Please send your comments on the plan to vwsettlement@la.gov. To view the plan and for more information, visit the LDEQ's Volkswagen web page

Background

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) was designated the lead agency (beneficiary) by the Office of Gov. John Bel Edwards. Three Louisiana state agencies were designated to receive equal shares of the fund: LDEQ, the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (LDNR) and the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LDOTD). These agencies were tasked to allocate the VW Mitigation Trust funds. The agencies, with public input, are proposing to pool their funds to target replacement of eligible diesel school buses. The bus replacement program will offer partial funding primarily to school districts to replace their buses with electric, alternative fuel, or high-efficiency diesel vehicles. LDOTD is proposing to use its share of the funds to replace eligible diesel vehicles and heavy equipment with new, less polluting engines.

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 states specifically:

The Louisiana DOTD owns and operates more than 5,500 pieces of equipment with an estimated replacement cost of more than $200 million. Approximately 60% of the equipment is currently beyond its estimated ideal replacement cycle established by the DOTD. The DOTD’ s main goal is to reduce overall emissions by replacing some of its fleet with new diesel technology equipment with use of the available funds, resulting in improved operational efficiency of its fleet with increased reliability and reduced downtime of equipment.

By concentrating first on school buses, Louisiana will provide significant emission reduction both for NOX and Toxic Air Pollutants (TAPs). Since these emissions occur at or near ground level, there is relatively little dispersion with maximum impact on the passengers and school children. Addressing school buses first provides the greatest improvement in local air quality for one of the most sensitive populations.

Funding for EVSE

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.

Assistance for School Districts

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.

To view the plan and for more information, visit the LDEQ's Volkswagen web page. For more information or to comment on the state's plan, please email vwsettlement@la.gov.

Helpful Links

Appendix D-2 which lists eligible mitigation actions and expenditures under the program (which kind of vehicles can be replaced).

Settlement timeline graphic

Details of Louisiana’s Mitigation Plan

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Clean Diesel Tribal Grants

2018 Tribal Request for Proposals

EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality is soliciting proposals nationwide for Tribal projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions and diesel emissions exposure, particularly from fleets located in areas designated as having poor air quality. EPA anticipates $2 million will be awarded to eligible Tribal applicants.

Proposals must be received by Thursday, September 6, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) in order to be considered for funding. Proposal packages must be submitted electronically to EPA through www.grants.gov.

Priority - Priority is given to projects that achieve significant reduction in diesel emissions and exposure in areas designated as having poor air quality, and in areas receiving a disproportionate quantity of air pollution from diesel fleets. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Tribal Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) (PDF) (6 pp, 191 K, June 5, 2018) will be updated weekly during the application period. Please e-mail your questions to cleandiesel@epa.gov and type "Tribal RFP Question" in the subject line. The deadline for submitting questions via email is Friday, August 24, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. ET. The estimated final posting of the FAQ document will be Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. ET. All questions and answers, including those from all information sessions, will be added to this document.

Eligible Applicants

Under this solicitation, only tribal governments (or intertribal consortiums) or Alaskan native villages, which have jurisdiction over transportation or air quality, are eligible to apply for Tribal Clean Diesel grants.

Eligible Use of Funding

Eligible diesel vehicles, engines and equipment may 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 emissions reductions mandated under federal law. Equipment used for testing emissions or fueling infrastructure is not eligible for funding.

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

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Funding & Training Opportunities

This blog post summarizes a wide variety of current funding and training opportunities that may relate to your local efforts to improve air quality. Please take a look and take advantage of the opportunities that can help you with your work!

Environmental Protection Agency

Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) National Grants

EPA anticipates offering the next RFP solicitation in March 2018. Information will be provided here: https://www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/clean-diesel-national-grants

Volkswagen Mitigation Trust

The U.S. government and VW resolved allegations that VW violated the Clean Air Act by selling approximately 590,000 vehicles equipped with defeat devices.  As part of this settlement, VW is required to provide approximately $2.7 billion for the 2.0 liter violating vehicles and $225 million for the 3.0 liter violating vehicles into an Environmental Mitigation Trust to fully remediate the amount of excess NOx from the illegal vehicles.

  •        Eligible Mitigation Actions focus on reducing NOx from older, dirtier diesel engines, vehicles, equipment, and vessels. Appendix D-2 to the consent decree details the Eligible Mitigation Actions which include projects to repower or replace:
    • Class 8 local freight and port drayage trucks
    • Class 4-8 school bus, shuttle bus, or transit bus
    • Freight switchers
    • Ferries/tugs
    • Class 4-7 local freight trucks
    • Airport ground support equipment
    • Forklifts and port cargo handling equipment, or
    • Install light duty ZEV supply equipment, or
    • Install shore-side system for ocean going vessel shore power

See https://www.epa.gov/vw or https://www.epa.gov/enforcement/volkswagen-clean-air-act-civil-settlement#violations for more information about the violations and settlement.

Information on the Louisiana VW Settlement here. 

Environmental Education Local Grants Program

This grants program supports locally-focused projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques that will serve to increase environmental and conservation literacy and encourage behavior that will benefit the environment. In addition to other environmental topics (including air quality), the 2018 program includes support for projects that reflect the intersection of environmental issues with agricultural best practices, conservation of natural resources, food waste management, and natural disaster preparedness (such as green infrastructure).

Funding Amount: Up to $3 Milllion
Application Deadline:March 15, 2018

More information for Louisiana opportunities can be found here

Dept. of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service

Louisiana Conservation Innovation Grants

This program will stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies in conjunction with agricultural production; certain projects that may be funded by the program have the potential to improve air quality/reduce emissions. The program generally funds pilot projects, field demonstrations, and on-farm conservation research. Applications are accepted from state or local governments, tribes, governmental organizations and individuals. 

Funding Amount: $150,000 (Up to $75,000 in Individual Awards)
Application Deadline: April 8, 2018

More information here

Patagonia

Environmental Grants

This grant opportunity is available to small activist organizations working to protect the environment. Projects must be action-oriented, build public involvement and support, be strategic, focus on root causes, accomplish specific goals and objectives. One proposal per group will be accepted each fiscal year (May 1-April 30).

Funding Amount: $5,000 to $20,000
Application Deadline: April 30, 2018

More information here

Southeast Louisiana Clean Fuel Partnership

Clean Fuel Transition Fund for Public Fleets (includes idling reduction)

Funding is available for 80% of the cost to convert an existing vehicle to an alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) including natural gas, propane, electric, or hybrid electric; 80% of the incremental cost difference when purchasing a new AFV; and 80% of the cost of idle reduction technologies to add to existing or new AFVs.  Public fleets in Jefferson, Orleans, St. Bernard, and St. Charles Parishes are eligible.

Funding Amount: $909,200
Application Deadline: Ongoing

More information here. 

Louisiana Liquefied Petroleum Gas Commision

Commercial Propane Mower & Automobile Incentives

Propane mower incentives are available to private or public commercial mowing fleets in Louisiana. New dedicated liquified petroleum gas (LPG) mowers and conversions of existing mowers are eligible for $1,500 per vehicle (new), up to $800 per conversion, and up to 4 awards and $5,000 per year per entity.

Funding Amount: $800 to $5,000
Application Deadline: Ongoing

More information here. 

 

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