Open Funding Opportunities for Reducing Diesel Emissions

North Carolina DEQ Diesel Emission Reduction Grants

The NC Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ), Division of Air Quality (DAQ) is looking for proposals for projects that will reduce diesel emissions through the Mobile Source Diesel Emissions Reduction Grants (DERA) program.  DAQ has approximately $616,835 to distribute statewide through this grant proposal process.  The grants can cover a wide range of projects repowering on-road and non-road equipment with cleaner-burning engines, converting vehicles to run on alternative fuels, and expanding biodiesel storage and distribution equipment.  

Any private or public sector entity or individual stationed in North Carolina is eligible.  Applications must be received through the DAQ Grant Management System by Friday, October 30, 2020 no later than 11:59 pm Eastern Time to be considered.

DERA 2020 School Bus Rebate Program

School buses travel over four billion miles each year, providing the safest transportation to and from school for more than 25 million American children every day. However, diesel exhaust from these buses has a negative impact on human health, especially for children, who have a faster breathing rate than adults and whose lungs are not yet fully developed.

The 2020 DERA School Bus Rebates will offer over $10 million to public and private fleet owners for the replacement of old diesel school buses with new buses certified to EPA’s cleanest emission standards. Selected applicants that scrap and replace their old diesel buses will receive a rebate of $20,000-$65,000 per bus depending on the fuel type of the replacement bus.

Important Dates

ActivityDate
2020 DERA School Bus Rebates program opens. EPA begins accepting applications with scans of titles and registrations submitted to CleanDieselRebate@epa.govThursday, October 1, 2020
Webinar for applicants:
Click here to view presentation material
Held Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Deadline for emailing applications with scans of bus titles and registrations to CleanDieselRebate@epa.gov
Friday, October 30, 2020
4 p.m. ET
Official selection letters emailed to selectees and list of applicants that were not selected posted onlineJanuary – February 2021 (Estimated)
Deadline for submitting copies of purchase orders for replacement busesApril 2021 (Estimated)
Deadline for submitting documentation of delivery of replacement buses and scrappage of old buses. EPA will send rebate payment within one month of receipt of complete materials. September 2021 (Estimated)

Voluntary Airport Low Emissions Program (VALE)

Through VALE, airport sponsors can use Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funds and Passenger Facility Charges (PFCs) to finance low emission vehicles, refueling and recharging stations, gate electrification, and other airport air quality improvements.

As of September 2019, VALE grants have funded 113 projects at 53 airports. Details can be found at the link below. VALE grants are expected to reduce ozone emissions by 1,302 tons per year for the next 5 years. This is equivalent to removing 72,704 cars and trucks off the road each year.

The annual deadline for pre-applications is November 1 each year. Airports must submit pre-applications to their FAA Airports District Office (or FAA Regional Office for Regions without ADOs) by that date.

Airport Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) and Infrastructure Pilot Program

The Airport Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) and Infrastructure Pilot Program improves airport air quality and facilitates use of zero emissions technologies at airports. Created in 2012, the program allows airport sponsors to use Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funds to purchase ZEVs and to construct or modify infrastructure needed to use ZEVs.

The annual deadline for pre-applications is November 1 each year. Airports must submit pre-applications to their FAA Airports District Office (or FAA Regional Office for Regions without ADOs) by that date.