The DERA program has significantly improved air quality and provided critical health benefits by reducing air pollution and saving millions of gallons of fuel. Diesel pollution is linked to a range of serious health problems including asthma, lung and heart disease, other respiratory ailments, and premature death. EPA estimates that clean diesel funding generates up to $13 of public health benefit for every $1 spent on diesel projects.
Since the first year of the DERA program in 2008, EPA has awarded over 500 grants across the U.S. Many of these projects fund cleaner diesel engines that operate in economically disadvantaged communities whose residents suffer from higher-than-average instances of asthma, heart, and lung disease. From FY 2008-2010, grantees took steps to retrofit, replace or repower more than 50,000 vehicles and equipment in a variety of industries and these projects reduced emissions by at least 203,900 tons of NOX and 12,500 tons of PM over the lifetime of the engines. As a result of these reductions, EPA estimates that the health benefits associated with up to 1,400 fewer premature deaths and fewer hospital visits, among other impacts, will total between $3.4 billion and $8.2 billion.
The following United States entities are eligible to apply for these grants:
- Regional, state, local or tribal agencies/consortia or port authorities with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality
- Nonprofit organizations or institutions that promote of transportation or air quality as their principal purpose or that represent or provide pollution reduction or educational services to people or organizations that own or operate diesel fleets.
School districts, municipalities, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), cities and counties are all eligible entities under this assistance agreement program to the extent that they fall within the definition above.
Grant funds may be used for clean diesel projects that use:
More on the Request for Proposals and other documents: http://www.epa.gov/otaq/diesel/prgnational.htm
More on the National Clean Diesel campaign: http://www.epa.gov/cleandiesel
WASHINGTON - U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced the availability of $474 million for a fifth round of the highly successful TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) competitive grant program to fund surface transportation projects that have a significant impact on the nation, a region or metropolitan area. Visit http://www.dot.gov/TIGER for more information.
Applications are due June 3.
"Eligible Applicants" for TIGER Discretionary Grants are State, local, and tribal governments, including U.S. territories, transit agencies, port authorities, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), other political subdivisions of
State or local governments, and multi-State or multi-jurisdictional groups applying through a single lead applicant.
"Eligible Projects" include, but are not limited to: (1) highway or bridge projects eligible under title 23, United States Code; (2) public transportation projects eligible under chapter 53 of title 49, United States Code; (3) passenger and freight rail transportation projects; and (4) marine port infrastructure investments.
Final TIGER NOFA for TIGER Website_22April 2013.pdf
MEC Grants and Rebates
Metropolitan Energy Center (MEC) and
Kansas City Regional Clean Cities Coalition
are requesting applications for alternative fueling and clean transportation projects, including alternative fuel refueling/recharging infrastructure, alternative fuel vehicle purchase and/or conversions, and EPA Clean Diesel retrofits. Current project applications will form the basis for any future funding opportunity proposals Metropolitan Energy Center's transportation division makes on behalf of the region or on behalf of individual project sponsors.
Proposals may be for DOE Clean Cities funding opportunities, EPA Clean Diesel
opportunities, state-based opportunities, for consideration as
congressionally-directed projects, or otherwise. MEC requires that all projects
included in each application decrease dependence on petroleum by increasing the
use of alternative fuels and advanced technologies and/or decreasing diesel
emissions. Apply by submitting this downloadable
Please visit the
Department of Energy's website
for further funding