On January 14, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of approximately $46 million in Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) grant funds to support projects aimed at reducing emissions from the nation’s existing fleet of older diesel engines. Under this competition, between 40 and 70 awards are anticipated.

If you’re a fleet seeking assistance for applications to future rounds of the Ohio VW DMTF program, Clean Fuels Ohio can provide information resources, project competitiveness vetting, and grant writing.  Please contact Clean Fuels Ohio if you have any questions or are interested in applying for funding under the 2021 DMTF Program.

For DERA More DERA Information and Resources, contact Andrew Conley, Clean Fuels Ohio Chief Program Officer by calling 614-884-7336 ext. 306 or by emailing Andrew@CleanFuelsOhio.org

DERA Grant Key Details: Below is a basic summary of DERA program details and information resources for interested fleet applicants. Please refer to the full RFA for specific information about this competition.

Deadline to Apply – March 16, 2021 (11:59 p.m. EST): Application packages must be submitted electronically to EPA through Grants.gov (www.grants.gov) no later than Tuesday, March 16, 2021, at  11:59  p.m. (ET) to be considered for funding.

Eligible Applicants: The following U.S. entities are eligible to apply for DERA National Grants:

  • Regional, state, local or tribal agencies/consortia or port authorities with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality
  • Nonprofit organizations (Like Clean Fuels Ohio) or institutions that represent or provide pollution reduction or educational services to persons or organizations that own or operate diesel fleets or have the promotion of transportation or air quality as their principal purpose.

School districts, municipalities, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), cities and counties are all eligible entities to the extent that they fall within the definition above. 

Eligible Uses of Funding: Diesel vehicles, engines and equipment eligible to be replaced or repowered with cleaner technologies include:

  • School buses
  • Class 5 – Class 8 heavy-duty highway vehicles
  • Locomotive engines
  • Marine engines
  • Nonroad engines, equipment or vehicles used in construction, handling of cargo (including at ports or airports), agriculture, mining or energy production (including stationary generators and pumps).

US EPA Informational Webinars:

Tuesday, January 26, 2021; 1:00 p.m. (ET)

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Dial-In: (202) 991-0477
Participant Code: 863 530 573#

Wednesday, Feburary 3, 2021; 3:00 p.m. (ET)

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Dial-In: (202) 991-0477
Participant Code: 609 539 899#

Thursday, February 11, 2021; 2:00 p.m. (ET)

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Dial-In: (202) 991-0477
Participant Code: 451 189 144#