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Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) National Grants

Now Open: 2020 Request for Applications
Deadline to Apply - February 26, 2020 (11:59 p.m. ET)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is excited to announce the upcoming availability of approximately $44 million in Diesel Emission Reduction Program (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 60 awards are anticipated to be made to eligible applicants.

Eligible Entities

Eligible applicants include regional, state, local or tribal agencies, or port authorities, with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality. Nonprofit organizations may apply if they provide pollution reduction or educational services to diesel fleet owners or have, as their principal purpose, the promotion of transportation or air quality.


Click to Visit the Clean Diesel National Grants Web Page for More Information on DERA.

EPA Cleaner Trucks Initiative (CTI)

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting pre-proposal comments on a rulemaking effort known as the Cleaner Trucks Initiative (CTI). This advance notice describes EPA’s plans for a new rulemaking that would establish new emission standards for oxides of nitrogen (NOX) and other pollutants for highway heavy-duty engines. It also describes opportunities to streamline and improve certification procedures to reduce costs for engine manufacturers. The EPA is seeking input on this effort from the public, including all interested stakeholders, to inform the development of a subsequent notice of proposed rulemaking.

The docket for this ANPR is available at regulations.gov Docket ID #EPA-HQ-OAR-2019-0055.

Comments must be received on or before February 20, 2020.


Public draft of EPA's "Methodologies for Estimating Port-Related and Goods Movement Mobile Source Emission Inventories" is now available.

This document describes the latest, state-of-the-science methodologies for preparing a port-related emissions inventory for six mobile source sectors: ocean-going vessels, harbor craft, recreational marine, cargo handling equipment, onroad vehicles, and rail. This draft document reflects new data sources and model availability, and integrates the lessons learned from practical experience with EPA-Port Everglades Partnership and National Port Strategy Assessment. This document supersedes EPA's 2009 "Current Methodologies in Preparing Mobile Source Port-Related Emission Inventories."

Interested stakeholders can send any feedback on this draft to talkaboutports@epa.gov by March 31, 2020. In addition, EPA encourages stakeholders to use this document when developing inventories.  EPA will consider any feedback received on the public draft in a future revision to this document.  EPA will be hosting a public webinar on February 25th, 2020 at 2pm Eastern (webinar calendar invite attached) to provide a background of the work leading to this update, approach and scope of the update, and updated methodologies by mobile source sector. For more information, please visit www.epa.gov/ports-initiative/port-and-goods-movement-emission-inventories.


In the News

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    Providence, RI – Waterson Terminal Services announced today they will enter into an environmental certification program with Green Marine for its stevedoring and terminal operations at ProvPort. Green Marine is a leading North American environmental certification program for the maritime transportation industry. The program is a voluntary initiative to surpass regulatory requirements within the maritime industry.

Funding Opportunities

  • Fiscal Year 2020 Competitive Funding Opportunity; Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program
    SUMMARY: The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the opportunity to apply for approximately $454.6 million in fiscal year (FY) 2020 funds under the Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program (CFDA#20.526). As required by federal public transportation law and subject to funding availability, funds will be awarded competitively to assist in the financing of capital projects to replace, rehabilitate, purchase or lease buses and related equipment, and to rehabilitate, purchase, construct or lease bus-related facilities. Projects may include costs incidental to the acquisition of buses or to the construction of facilities, such as the costs of related workforce development and training activities, and project administration expenses. FTA may award additional funds if they are made available to the program prior to the announcement of project selections.

    DATES: Complete proposals must be submitted electronically through the GRANTS.GOV "APPLY" function by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on March 30, 2020. Prospective applicants should initiate the process by promptly registering on the GRANTS.GOV website to ensure completion of the application process before the submission deadline. Instructions for applying can be found on FTA's website at http://transit.dot.gov/howtoapply and in the "FIND" module of GRANTS.GOV. The GRANTS.GOV funding opportunity ID is FTA-2020-006-BUS. Mail and fax submissions will not be accepted.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark Bathrick, FTA Office of Program Management, 202-366-9955, or mark.bathrick@dot.gov.
  • FY 2020 Competitive Funding Opportunity: Passenger Ferry Grant Program
    SUMMARY: The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the opportunity to apply for $30 million in competitive grants under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Passenger Ferry Grant Program (Ferry Program) (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance #20.507). As required by Federal public transportation law, funds will be awarded competitively to designated recipients or eligible direct recipients of Urbanized Area Formula funds to assist in the financing of capital projects to support existing passenger ferry service, establish new ferry service, and to repair and modernize ferry boats, terminals, and related facilities and equipment. FTA may award additional funding made available to the program prior to the announcement of project selections.

    DATES: Complete proposals must be submitted electronically through the GRANTS.GOV "APPLY" function by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time March 30, 2020. Prospective applicants should initiate the process by promptly registering on the GRANTS.GOV website to ensure completion of the application process before the submission deadline. Instructions for applying can be found on FTA's website at https://www.transit.dot.gov/funding/grants/applying/applying-fta-funding and in the "FIND" module of GRANTS.GOV. The funding opportunity ID is FTA-2020-008-Ferry. Mail and fax submissions will not be accepted.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Vanessa Williams, FTA Office of Program Management, (202) 366-4818, or vanessa.williams@dot.gov
  • FY 2020 Competitive Funding Opportunity: Low or No Emission Grant Program
    SUMMARY: The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the opportunity to apply for $130 million in competitive grants under the fiscal year (FY) 2020 Low or No Emission Grant Program (Low-No Program) (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance number: 20.526). As required by Federal public transportation law, funds will be awarded competitively for the purchase or lease of low or no emission vehicles that use advanced technologies for transit revenue operations, including related equipment or facilities.
    Projects may include costs incidental to the acquisition of buses or to the construction of facilities, such as the costs of related workforce development and training activities, and project administration expenses. FTA may award additional funding that is made available to the program prior to the announcement of project selections.

    DATES: Complete proposals must be submitted electronically through the GRANTS.GOV "APPLY'' function by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on March 17, 2020. Prospective applicants should initiate the process by registering on the GRANTS.GOV website promptly to ensure completion of the application process before the submission deadline. Instructions for applying can be found on FTA's website at http://transit.dot.gov/howtoapply and in the "FIND" module of GRANTS.GOV. The funding opportunity ID is FTA-2020-005-LowNo. Mail and fax submissions will not be accepted.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Victor Waldron, FTA Office of Program Management, 202-366-5183, or victor.waldron@dot.gov.