EPA Announces $26 Million DERA Funding

By pdamon25 February 2016

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the availability of $26 million in Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) grant funding to establish clean diesel projects aimed at reducing emissions from the nation’s existing fleet of diesel engines.

EPA is soliciting proposals nationwide for projects to reduce diesel emissions and exposure, especially from fleets operating in areas designated as having poor air quality. Priority for funding will be given to projects that engage and benefit local communities and applicants that demonstrate their ability to promote and continue efforts to reduce emissions after the project has ended.

Eligible applicants include regional, state, local or tribal agencies or port authorities with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality. Applicants will be taken until April 26.

Under this competition, EPA anticipates awarding between 10 and 40 awards. The top and bottom funding limits that will be considered for each proposal varies by region:

– Region 1 (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont) — EPA is requesting proposals between $100,000 and $800,000.

– Region 2 (New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands) — EPA is requesting proposals between $500,000 and $1.8 million.

– Region 3 (Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia) — EPA is requesting proposals between $750,000 and $2.7 million.

– Region 4 (Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee) — EPA is requesting proposals between $300,000 and $1.9 million.

– Region 5 (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin) — EPA is requesting proposals between $500,000 and $2.5 million.

– Region 6 (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas) — EPA is requesting proposals between $400,000 and $2.7 million.

– Region 7 (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska) — EPA is requesting proposals between $300,000 and $1.5 million.

– Region 8 (Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming) — EPA is requesting proposals between $300,000 and $1.5 million.

– Region 9 (Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands) — EPA is requesting proposals between $500,000 and $4.4 million.

– Region 10 (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington) — EPA is requesting proposals between $300,000 and $800,000.

Since the first year of the DERA program in 2008, EPA has awarded nearly 700 grants across the U.S. Many of these projects fund cleaner diesel engines that operate in economically disadvantaged communities, EPA said.

For more information and to access the Request for Proposals, visit http://www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/clean-diesel-national-grants

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