Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program
Grants to USA Nonprofits and Agencies
to Reduce Pollution from Diesel Engines
to Reduce Pollution from Diesel Engines
United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
06/20/17 11:59 PM ET
Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations and government agencies to reduce the amount of pollution emitted by diesel engines. Informational webinars are scheduled for May 2 and May 9. Questions will be accepted through June 9. Applicants are advised to initiate the required registrations well in advance of the deadline.
EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality is soliciting proposals nationwide for projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution produced by diesel engines and diesel emissions exposure, particularly from fleets operating at or servicing goods movement facilities located in areas designated as having poor air quality.
Further, priority for funding may be given to projects which result in outcomes that benefit affected communities, those that engage affected communities with respect to the design and performance of the project, and those which can demonstrate the ability to promote and continue efforts to reduce emissions after the project has ended.
Eligible diesel emission reduction solutions include verified emission control technologies such as exhaust controls, cleaner fuels, and engine upgrades, verified idle reduction technologies, verified aerodynamic technologies and low rolling resistance tires, certified engine replacements, and/or certified vehicle or equipment replacement.
Eligible diesel vehicles, engines and equipment may include buses, Class 5 – Class 8 heavy-duty highway vehicles, marine engines, locomotives and nonroad engines, equipment or vehicles used in construction, handling of cargo (including at a port or airport), agriculture, mining or energy production (including stationary generators and pumps).
Grant funds may be used for clean diesel projects including:
-EPA verified technologies or certified engine configurations
-California Air Resources Board (CARB) EXIT verified technologies or certified engines
-Idle-reduction technologies that are EPA verified
-Aerodynamic technologies and low rolling resistance tires that are EPA verified
-Early engine, vehicle, or equipment replacements with certified engine configurations
Summary of What EPA Will Fund
-Verified Exhaust Control Technologies: EPA will fund up to 100% of the cost (labor and equipment) of eligible verified exhaust control technologies.
-Verified Engine Upgrades and Certified Remanufacture Systems: EPA will fund up to 40% of the cost (labor and equipment) of eligible verified engine upgrades and certified remanufacture systems.
-Verified/Certified Cleaner Fuel Use: EPA will not fund stand-alone cleaner fuel use. EPA will fund the cost differential between the eligible cleaner fuel and conventional diesel fuel if the cleaner fuel is used in combination, and on the same vehicles, with new eligible verified exhaust controls or eligible engine upgrades, engine replacements, or vehicle/equipment replacements funded under this RFP.
-Verified Aerodynamic Technologies and Low Rolling Resistance Tires: EPA will not fund stand-alone aerodynamic technologies or low rolling resistance tires. EPA will fund up to 100% of the cost (labor and equipment) of verified aerodynamic technologies or verified low rolling resistance tires if the technology is combined on the same vehicle with a new eligible verified exhaust control technology funded under this RFP.
-Certified Engine Replacement: EPA will fund up to 40% of the cost (labor and equipment) of replacing a diesel engine with a diesel or alternative fueled engine (including hybrids) certified to EPA emission standards. EPA will fund up to 50% of the cost of replacing diesel engine with an engine certified to meet CARB’s Optional Low-NOx Standards. EPA will fund up to 60% of the cost (labor and equipment) of replacing a diesel engine with an electric motor or electric power source.
-Certified Vehicle/Equipment Replacement: EPA will fund up to 25% of the cost of a replacement vehicle or piece of equipment powered by a diesel or alternative fueled engine (including hybrids) certified to EPA emission standards. EPA will fund up to 35% of the cost of a replacement vehicle or piece of equipment powered by an engine certified to meet CARB’s Optional Low-NOx Standards. EPA will fund up to 45% of the cost of a replacement vehicle or piece of equipment powered by an electric motor or electric power source.
-Replacement of Drayage Trucks: EPA will fund up to 50% of the cost of a replacement drayage truck.
EPA will fund the following Verified Idle Reduction Technologies:
-Verified On-Highway Idle Reduction Technologies: EPA will fund up to 25% of the cost (labor and equipment) of verified idle reduction technologies on long-haul trucks and school buses.
-Verified Locomotive Idle Reduction Technologies: EPA will fund up to 40% of the cost (labor and equipment) of eligible idle reduction technologies for locomotives.
-Marine Shore Connection Systems: EPA will fund up to 25% of the cost (labor and equipment) of eligible marine shore connection systems.
-Electrified Parking Spaces: EPA will fund up to 30% of the cost (labor and equipment) of eligible shore connection systems.
EPA anticipates awarding approximately 2-8 cooperative agreements per Region under this announcement.
The amount of federal funding requested by an applicant must not exceed the amount specified for each Region in the table below.
Funding Limits (Maximum) by EPA Region:
The estimated project period for awards resulting from this solicitation is expected to begin on January 1, 2018, with an expected project completion date of December 30, 2019.
Under this solicitation, only the following entities are eligible to apply for assistance, in accordance with 42 U.S.C. 16131 and CFDA 66.039:
1) A regional, State, or local agency, tribal government (or intertribal consortium) or native village, or port authority, which has jurisdiction over transportation or air quality.
2) A nonprofit organization or institution that:
a. represents or provides pollution reduction or educational services to persons or organizations that own or operate diesel fleets; or
b. has, as its principal purpose, the promotion of transportation or air quality.
Nonprofit organization, as defined by 2 CFR 200.70, means any corporation, trust, association, cooperative or other organization, not including Institutions of Higher Education that: (1) is operated primarily for scientific, educational, service, charitable or similar purposes in the public interest; (2) is not organized primarily for profit; and (3) uses its net proceeds to maintain, improve or expand its operations. While defined separately than “non-profit organization(s)” by 2 CFR Part 200, Institutions of Higher Education, hospitals, state, local and federally-recognized Indian tribal governments are, nevertheless, eligible to submit proposals under this RFP to the extent they fall within the definition above. For-profit colleges, universities, trade schools, and hospitals are not eligible to apply.
For-profit organizations are not an eligible entity for this funding opportunity. Additionally, nonprofit organizations described in Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code that engage in lobbying activities as defined in Section 3 of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 are not eligible to apply.
For the purposes of this RFP, “intertribal consortium” is defined as a partnership between two or more tribes that is authorized by the governing bodies of those tribes to apply for and receive assistance under this program. Intertribal consortia are eligible to receive assistance under this program only if the consortium demonstrates that all members of the consortium meet the eligibility requirements for the program and authorize the consortium to apply for and receive assistance by submitting to EPA documentation of (1) the existence of the partnership between Indian tribal governments, and (2) authorization of the consortium by all its members to apply for and receive the assistance.
Please note that although tribes are eligible to apply for funding under this RFP, the National Clean Diesel Campaign also expects to issue a separate FY 2017 DERA Tribal Competition Request for Proposals (RFP) in 2017.
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. Registration is not required, just click on links (see Contact Information below) to join the webinar.
-Webinar #1 - May 2, 2017, 2:00 - 3:00 PM (ET)
-Webinar #2 - May 9, 2017, 2:00 - 3:00 PM (ET)
All questions submitted via email by 4:00 PM ET each Friday during the RFP open period will be answered and posted in the FAQ document the following week. The deadline for submitting questions via email is Friday, June 9, 2017 at 4:00 PM ET. The estimated final posting of the FAQ document will be Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 4:00 PM ET.
The closing date and time for receipt of proposals is Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at 11:59 PM Eastern Time (ET) in order to be considered for funding. Proposal packages must be submitted electronically to EPA through Grants.gov (www.grants.gov) no later than Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at 11:59 PM (ET) in order to be considered for funding.
Applicants are advised to submit applications to Grants.gov at least three days prior to the deadline. Minor problems are not uncommon with transfers to Grants.gov. It is essential to allow sufficient time to resolve any submission issues before the due date.
If your organization is not currently registered with Grants.gov, please encourage your office to designate an Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) and ask that individual to begin the registration process as soon as possible. Please note that the registration process also requires that your organization have a DUNS number and a current registration with the System for Award Management (www.SAM.gov) and the process of obtaining both could take a month or more.
Projects involving engine upgrades, idle reduction technologies, marine shore connection systems, electrification parking space technologies, certified engine replacements, or certified vehicle/equipment replacements, as defined in Sections I.B.2. b, d, f, and g of this RFP, are subject to the following funding limitations and mandatory cost-share requirements. Please refer to the RFP (attached below) for more information.
-Request for Proposals RFP (PDF) Open: Tuesday, April 18, 2017
-Information Sessions: Tuesday, May 2 and May 9, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. (ET)
-Deadline for Proposal Submission: Tuesday, June 20, 2017
-Notification of Selected Applicants: August-September 2017
-Funding of Awards: October-December 2017
View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Access the May 2, 2017 webinar:
Access the May 9, 2017 webinar:
To access the webinar by phone:
Call In Number: 866-299-3188
Conference Code: 3439147#
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Applicants may email written questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please type “RFP Question” in the subject line of your email.
Faye Swift, DERA Grants and Policy Team Leader
USEPA, Office of Transportation and Air Quality
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