2019 DERA Clean Diesel National Grants Request for Applications

    Deadline Extended to March 26, 2019 (11:59 p.m. ET)

    Application packages must be submitted electronically to EPA through ( no later than Wednesday, March 26, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. (ET) to be considered for funding.

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has extended the deadline for submitting applications for the Diesel Emission Reduction Program (DERA). There are approximately $40 million in grant funds available to support projects aimed at reducing emissions from the nation's existing fleet of older diesel engines. Under this competition, EPA is anticipating making between 20 and 80 awards to eligible applicants.

    Eligible Entities

    Eligible applicants include regional, state, local or tribal agencies, or port authorities, with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality. Nonprofit organizations may apply if they provide pollution reduction or educational services to diesel fleet owners or have, as their principal purpose, the promotion of transportation or air quality.

    For more information about this grant and how to apply, please see the EPA Clean Diesel page.

    Source: US EPA

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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

    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 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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