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Emissions Reduction Incentive Grants (ERIG) Program

Grants to Texas Individuals, Businesses, Agencies, and Legal
Entities to Reduce Emissions from Mobile Diesel Sources

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)

Conf. Date:

06/27/18

Deadline Date:

08/15/18 5:00 PM CT Receipt

Description:

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Grants to Texas individuals, businesses, organizations, governments, agencies, and other legal entities in eligible counties to reduce emissions from mobile diesel sources with high NOx emission. Applicants should plan to attend one of the workshops taking place in June.

The Emissions Reduction Incentive Grants program offers grants to upgrade or replace on-road vehicles, non-road equipment, stationary equipment, on-vehicle electrification and idle reduction infrastructure, and rail relocation and improvement projects.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) invites applications from persons who operate or plan to operate on-road heavy-duty vehicles, non-road equipment, marine vessels, locomotives, or stationary equipment in the nonattainment areas and other areas of Texas.

Incentive funding is available for activities that will reduce the emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOX) in designated eligible counties. NOX is usually a byproduct of high-temperature combustion. Everyday functions, like driving a motor vehicle or operating heavy equipment, contribute to the creation of NOX. It reacts with volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the presence of sunlight to form harmful ground-level ozone.

ERIG Project Categories for Eligible Vehicles and Equipment:

- Replacement: The replacement of an eligible vehicle or piece of equipment with a newer vehicle or piece of equipment.
- Repower: The replacement (repower) of an existing engine in an eligible vehicle or piece of equipment with a new, rebuilt, or remanufactured engine.
- New Purchase or Lease:
- Retrofit or Add-On of Emission-Reduction Technology
- On-Vehicle Electrification and Idle Reduction Infrastructure
- On-Site Electrification and Idle Reduction Infrastructure
- Use of Qualifying Fuel
- Rail Relocation and Improvement

Operation requirements for grant-funded vehicles and equipment:

- Vehicles and Equipment funded under the ERIG Program are intended to reduce emissions within the eligible counties.
- For Non-Road equipment, the applicant must commit to at least 75% annual usage in the eligible counties.
- For On-Road vehicles, the applicant must designate the percentage of annual mileage that will occur in the eligible counties, which may not be less than 25%. In addition to the percentage of use in the eligible counties, the applicant must commit to operating the vehicles at least 75% of annual usage in a combination of eligible counties and designated highways and roadways.
- Grant recipients must monitor and report annually on mileage and location of use over the activity life of the grant (5, 6, or 7 years).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 148867

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any person who operates or plans to operate on-road heavy-duty vehicles, non-road equipment, marine vessels, locomotives, or stationary engines primarily in one or more of the eligible counties, as designated below, is eligible to apply for a grant.

Eligible applicants include individuals, corporations, organizations, governments or governmental subdivisions or agencies, business trusts, partnerships, associations, or any other legal entity. This may include a corporation headquartered outside of the state of Texas, but which operates equipment or vehicles primarily in an eligible county in Texas.

For infrastructure projects, persons owning and operating the infrastructure in those counties are also eligible to apply.

For this grant funding period, the eligible counties (grouped by area) include:

a) Austin Area: Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, and Williamson Counties
b) Beaumont-Port Arthur Area: Hardin, Jefferson, and Orange Counties
c) Corpus Christi Area: Nueces and San Patricio Counties
d) Dallas-Fort Worth Area: Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Henderson, Hood,
Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant, and Wise Counties
e) El Paso Area: El Paso County
f) Houston-Galveston-Brazoria Area: Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend,
Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, and Waller Counties
g) San Antonio Area: Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe, and Wilson Counties
h) Tyler-Longview Area: Gregg, Harrison, Rusk, Smith, and Upshur Counties
i) Victoria Area: Victoria County

Businesses or other entities in which a TCEQ employee, spouse, or family member of a TCEQ employee has a direct or indirect interest, financial or otherwise, may be prohibited from receiving a grant, depending upon the nature of the interest.

This RFGA does not apply to entities intending to serve as a third party for the funding, whereby the grant funding and/or cost savings resulting from the funding will be passed through to the owners or operators of the vehicles or equipment.

With the exception of certain refueling infrastructure and on-site electrification and idle reduction infrastructure projects, a project application may only include activities involving one type of emission source and project category. Projects involving different emission sources or project categories should be applied for on separate applications.

Vehicles and equipment used primarily for competition or recreational purposes are not eligible for funding under any of the project categories.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Workshops have been scheduled to provide an overview of the ERIG application process. The ERIG program has several new changes this year. Please plan to attend a workshop to learn more about new program requirements and to review the new grant application forms.

Workshops have also been scheduled to assist applicants with completing the new application forms. These are drop-in events where applicants can get answers to questions specific to their projects. No PowerPoint will be presented.

See here for the workshop schedule: https://www.tceq.texas.gov/airquality/terp/terp_mtgs.html

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received and date-stamped at the front desk, Rm. 1301, 1st floor of Building F on the premises of the TCEQ by no later than 5:00 p.m., Central Time, August 15, 2018.

Applicants are encouraged to submit an application as early as possible.

The RFP document and supplemental can be found in Supporting Documents below. For a full listing of all other relevant application documents, see the How to Apply section of the URL for Full Text link below.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Two (2) copies of the completed forms should be submitted to:

Regular Mail:
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Air Quality Division
Implementation Grants Section (ERIG), MC-204
P.O. Box 13087
Austin, TX 78711-3087

Express Mail or Hand Delivery:
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Air Quality Division
Implementation Grants Section (ERIG), MC-204
12100 Park 35 Circle
Austin, TX 78753

For questions, contact the TERP staff:

By Phone - Main Local Number: 512-239-4950
By Phone - Toll-Free: 1-800-919-TERP (8377)
By Fax: 512-239-6161 Attn: TERP Program
By E-mail: terp@tceq.texas.gov

Joe Walton, Manager
Implementation Grants Section
512-239-4143

Steve Dayton, Technical Specialist
Implementation Grants Section
512-239-6824

Grant Coverage Areas:

- Austin Area: Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, and Williamson Counties
- Beaumont-Port Arthur Area: Hardin, Jefferson, and Orange Counties
- Corpus Christi Area: Nueces and San Patricio Counties
- Dallas-Fort Worth Area: Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Henderson, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant, and Wise Counties
- El Paso Area: El Paso County
- Houston-Galveston-Brazoria Area: Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, and Waller Counties
- San Antonio Area: Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe, and Wilson Counties
- Tyler-Longview Area: Gregg, Harrison, Rusk, Smith, and Upshur Counties
- Victoria Area: Victoria County

Map of eligible counties: https://www.tceq.texas.gov/assets/public/implementation/air/terp/erig/FY16/Terp%20Map-Hwys_5.12.pdf

Funding or Pin Number:

582-18-80795-0249

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Texas