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NGVAmerica Update on Available Funding Opportunities

NGVAmerica tracks available funding and business opportunities of significance to the NGV industry. Below is information on current funding opportunities.

Kentucky DERA Grants for School Buses

The Energy and Environment Cabinet announced the 2018 Kentucky Clean Diesel Grant Program, which will provide $275,689 for projects to reduce diesel emissions from aging school buses. This program is open to all public-school districts and private schools located in Kentucky. Kentucky public school districts and private schools that own and operate school buses are eligible to apply for funding through this grant program, which will reimburse up to 25 percent of the cost to replace a school bus. Proposals that achieve the most cost-effective emission reductions, and those that demonstrate the greatest emission reductions will be given priority in grant awards, as will applicants located in current or former non-attainment areas for ozone or particulate matter. The deadline to apply for funds is November 8, 2018. To apply, visit the Division for Air Quality’s website.

Michigan Diesel Emissions Reduction Act Clean Diesel Funding Opportunity

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has issued a Request for Proposal in the amount of $425,000 for competitive grant funding to implement clean diesel projects. The Request for Proposal targets projects involving the early replacement of old diesel equipment and vehicles, with new diesel, alternate fuel, electric and hybrid equipment and vehicles. Grant funding may cover up to 25 percent of the cost of eligible diesel projects, up to 35 percent of the cost of eligible projects that meet California Air Resource Board’s (CARB) optional low oxides of nitrogen standards, and up to 45 percent of the cost of an all-electric project. Eligible drayage vehicles may be funded up to 50 percent. Eligible applicants include cities, townships and villages, county government agencies, public school districts, private schools, public transit agencies, port authorities, metropolitan planning organizations, nonprofit organizations, and private businesses.

Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on November 26, 2018.  A webinar on the Request for Proposal will be held at 2 p.m. October 25, 2018. Visit the Michigan Clean Diesel Program website to download the full Request for Proposals application and to register for an informational webinar here.

Minnesota $1.1 Million Grant Opportunity

Diesel fleet owners from private, public, and nonprofit sectors can apply for grants to fund non-road clean diesel projects in Minnesota. Funding is for non-road diesel equipment such as forklifts, cranes, excavators, construction equipment, barge towboats, and even locomotive engines.  The request for proposals (RFP) has full details on who may apply, grant match amounts, and other information that will help applicants submit a proposal.  Grant proposal submissions are due October 23, 2018. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency anticipates awarding a total of $1.1 million for these grants. Grants under this RFP are funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Clean Diesel Campaign for clean diesel activities in Minnesota and the Volkswagen settlement.  More details are available here.