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Minnesota Clean Diesel Off-Road DERA Grant

Grants to Minnesota Businesses, Agencies, Nonprofits, and
Tribes for Equipment Improvements that Reduce Fuel Emissions

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)

Conf. Date:

07/15/20

Deadline Date:

09/18/20 4:30 PM Central Time

Description:

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Grants to Minnesota businesses, nonprofit organizations, state and local agencies, and tribal governments for projects that reduce fuel emissions. Funding is intended to promote public health and improve air quality. Grants may be used to help owners remove or improve eligible diesel equipment.

Eligible expenses are costs directly incurred through the purchase of eligible technologies, equipment, vehicles, installation activities, and administrative costs (grant contractors only). Only eligible costs will be reimbursed.

A list of eligible projects can be found here: https://www.pca.state.mn.us/sites/default/files/p-f3-80d-fy21.pdf#page=4

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 190934

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$1,100,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Eligible contractors may request up to 10% for administrative costs above the grant amount requested per piece of equipment with a maximum of up to $10,000. This amount will be included in the total cost to determine cost-effectiveness. Administrative costs will be included on a per vehicle/equipment awarded basis.

Term of Contract:

The funding for these grants expires September 30, 2022, but awarded projects are encouraged to complete projects after grant agreements are executed.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

For profit, nonprofit, and public entities - including state, local, and tribal governments that own or operate diesel fleets and equipment in Minnesota are eligible applicants.

While multi-organizational collaboration is allowed, no single entity may submit individually and also be a part of multiple applications. Only one organization may apply as a contractor on behalf of collaborators.

Grant contractors are eligible under this program. To qualify as a contractor:
- All projects must be on the same application (one application per contractor).
- Contractor must represent at least three different entities.
- Contractor is responsible for all grant contract oversight responsibilities as stated in grant agreement, federal Diesel Emissions Reduction Act documents, and Code of Federal Regulations.

Ineligible applicants:
- Federal government agencies, individuals, State of Minnesota and federal government employees.
- Entities that are currently suspended or debarred by the State of Minnesota and/or the federal government are ineligible applicants.

Ineligible projects: https://www.pca.state.mn.us/sites/default/files/p-f3-80d-fy21.pdf#page=5

Ineligible costs: https://www.pca.state.mn.us/sites/default/files/p-f3-80d-fy21.pdf#page=14

Pre-proposal Conference:

MPCA will host an informational webinar on this RFP on Wednesday, July 15 (1:00 pm).

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due no later than 4:30 p.m. Central Time on September 18, 2020.

All applicants must have a DUNS number and be registered with SAM.

Match requirements: Grantees will be required to provide a cash match. Required cash match percentages vary based on project category, and are listed in #8 on the RFP: “Eligible and ineligible projects”. Eligible sources of a cash match are non-DERA, non-VW settlement or non-federal funds in the form of cash, loans, other grants or capital assets dedicated to the project. Applicant may consider applying for a zero-interest Small Business Environmental Improvement Loan, which can count towards the applicant match. More information: https://www.pca.state.mn.us/regulations/small-business-environmental-improvement-loans.

Applicants who have any questions regarding this RFP must email questions no later than 4:30 pm on Monday, September 14, 2020. Answers to questions will be posted frequently on the MPCA Clean Diesel webpage.

Contact Information:

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

Email applications and required forms to grants.pca@state.mn.us with the subject line: “FFY2020 DERA Grant Application”.

Applicants who have any questions regarding this RFP must email questions to grants.pca@state.mn.us, subject line: “FFY 20 DERA Grant Question”.

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