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EPA releases 2020 National DERA Request for Applications, $44 million available

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This week EPA released its 2020 National DERA Request for Applications (RFA). The National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program awards competitive grants to fund projects that implement EPA or CARB-certified diesel emission reduction technologies.

Eligible diesel vehicles, engines and equipment may include buses, Class 5 – Class 8 heavy-duty highway vehicles, marine engines, locomotives and nonroad engines, equipment or vehicles such as those used in construction, handling of cargo, agriculture, mining or energy production. Eligible diesel emissions reduction solutions include verified retrofit technologies such as exhaust after-treatment technologies, engine upgrades, and cleaner fuels and additives, verified idle reduction technologies, verified aerodynamic technologies, verified low rolling resistance tires, certified engine replacements and conversions, and certified vehicle or equipment replacement.

EPA will host several information sessions regarding this RFA. EPA encourages potential applicants to take advantage of these information sessions to learn more about the DERA program and the grant application process. EPA will highlight any changes to the program from previous years, review eligibility criteria, funding limits and mandatory cost share requirements, and discuss the available options for funding partner fleets. Participants will have the opportunity to have their questions answered by EPA in a public forum.

Funding Opportunity Information Session
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. (ET)

EPA is making $44 million available for National DERA grants in 2020. They expect to fund between 2 and 8 projects within EPA Region 4 (Southeast USA), with a maximum funding request of $2 million per application. SCDHEC’s Bureau of Air Quality is soliciting ideas for eligible DERA projects from potential partners across the private, non-profit, and governmental sectors in South Carolina. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Wednesday, February 26, 2020. Interested parties should contact Sam Christmus at (803) 898-0717 or