For the latest information on state and federal government grants, you are encouraged to contact Andrea Eilers for more information at (919) 558-2705,

Active Grant Solicitations

  • Low or No Emission Program (Low-No Program)
    • The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced the availability of $130 million of Fiscal Year 2020 funds for the purchase or lease of low or no emission vehicles as well as related equipment or facilities.  The main purpose of the Low-No Program is to support the transition of the nation’s transit fleet to the lowest polluting and most energy efficient transit vehicles. The Low-No Program provides funding to State and local governmental authorities for the purchase or lease of zero-emission and low-emission transit buses, including acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities.
    • An eligible applicant is a designated recipient of FTA grants, states, local governmental authorities and Indian Tribes
    • You must download FTA’s supplemental form to apply for this grant opportunity. Click here to access the form.
    • Project proposals must be submitted electronically through no later than March 17, 2020 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time to be considered for funding.
  • EPA Diesel Emission Reduction Program (DERA)
    • 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, the DERA program is soliciting applications nationwide for projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions and exposure, particularly from fleets operating in areas designated by the EPA Administrator as poor air quality areas. 
    • Application packages must be submitted electronically to EPA through ( no later than Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time to be considered for funding
    • EPA will host a series of webinars to assist applicants learn more about the DERA program and this Request for Applications.  Participants in the webinars will learn about program details, changes from last year’s RFA, who is eligible for the grants, what projects can be funded, how to apply, etc. The webinar dates are listed below:
  • Clean Fuels Advanced Technology (CFAT)
    • The North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center seeks proposals from both public and private entities for transportation related projects that reduce emissions in North Carolina’s non-attainment and maintenance counties for National Ambient Air Quality Standards.

      Eligible projects include:

      • Alternative Fuel & Advanced Technology Vehicles (AFVs) Leases
      • Alternative Fuel & Advanced Technology Vehicle (AFV) Conversions
      • Mobile Idle Reduction Technologies
      • Diesel Retrofits

      Maximum per project award: $400,000
      Minimum per project award: $5,000

    • Applications must be emailed to Rick Sapienza, resapienza@ncsu.eduno later than Friday, March 13, 2020 to be considered for funding

Inactive but Recurring Grant Solicitations

  • VW Settlement: Emissions Mitigation Projects
    • VW accepted the $14.9 billion penalty after acknowledging that it installed devices on certain diesel vehicles to make them appear to meet strict emissions standards when in fact they did not. Funds will be used by states to buy back affected vehicles as well as fund environmental mitigation and investment to promote the use of zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) and infrastructure. North Carolina will receive approximately $92 million, based on the number of affected 2.0- and 3.0-liter diesel engine vehicles registered here. The sum is part of the $2.9 billion designed for projects through the EPA’s Environmental Mitigation Trust. The Division of Air Quality has released applications for two emissions mitigation projects:

          1. Diesel Bus and Vehicle Program:

        • $24.5 million in available funding
        • 40% will be allocated for school bus replacement
        • Projects can be submitted by local, state and tribal governments, public or nonprofit organizations or eligible public-private partnerships
        • Currently not accepting applications.

          2. Under the DC Fast Charge program:

        • $3.4 million in available funding for the installation of Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Charging Infrastructure
        • Projects in designated corridors will receive priority to expand the state’s charging infrastructure network
        • Projects can be submitted by eligible businesses, incorporated nonprofits, and state, local, tribal or municipal government agencies
        • Currently not accepting applications.

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