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National Clean Diesel Campaign (NCDC)

Working Together for Cleaner Air

Funding Sources

Federal Funding Overview

  • Grants.gov Grants.gov is a single access point for over 900 grant programs offered by the 26 Federal grant-making agencies. The "Find Grant Opportunities" feature allows organizations to electronically find and apply for competitive grant opportunities from all Federal grant-making agencies.
  • Catalog of All Federal Domestic Assistance This online Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance provides access to a database of over 1900 Federal assistance programs available to State and local governments (including the District of Columbia); federally-recognized Indian tribal governments; Territories (and possessions) of the United States; domestic public, quasi-public, and private profit and nonprofit organizations and institutions; specialized groups; and individuals.

Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA)

Since 2008, EPA has funded nearly 60,000 pieces of clean diesel technology through the National Clean Diesel Campaign. These technologies include emissions and idle control devices, aerodynamic equipment, engine and vehicle replacements, and alternative fuel options. The projects meet critical local air quality needs by deploying both proven and emerging technologies much earlier than would otherwise occur.

Project funding for the National Clean Diesel Campaign comes from the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act. As stipulated in the Act, 70 percent of DERA funds are to be used for national competitive grants, with the remaining 30 percent allocated to the states.

Diesel Emissions Reduction Act Grants (DERA 2012-2016)

In January 2010, President Obama signed legislation, H.R. 5809 (PDF) (6pp, 125K, January 2010, About PDF), reauthorizing DERA grants to eligible entities for projects that reduce emissions from existing diesel engines. The bill, passed by the Senate on December 16 and the House on December 21, authorizes up to $100 million annually for FY2012 through FY2016 and allows for new types of funding mechanisms, including rebates. $29.9 million was appropriated by Congress for FY2012.

Diesel Emissions Reduction Act Grants (DERA 2007-2011)

The Diesel Emissions Reduction Program (known as "DERA") was created under the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct), Title VII, Subtitle G (Sections 791 to 797) (PDF) (551 pp, 1.3MB, January 2005, About PDF). This act gave EPA new grant and loan authority for promoting diesel emission reductions and authorized appropriations to the Agency of up to $200 million per year for FY2007 through FY2011. Congress appropriated funds for the first time under this program in FY2008 in the amount of $49.2 million, $120 million was appropriated for FY2009-2010, and $49.9 million for FY11.

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA 2009)

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Recovery Act

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) provided $300 million in new funding for national and state programs for the implementation of verified and certified diesel emission reduction technologies. Recovery Act funding for the National Clean Diesel Campaign allowed for the implementation of many additional projects.

Other EPA Funding

  • Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) is a competitive grant program that offers an innovative way for a community to organize and take action to reduce toxic pollution in its local environment. Through CARE, the community creates a partnership that implements solutions to reduce releases of toxic pollutants and minimize people's exposure to them.
  • Environmental Education Grants support environmental education projects that enhance the public's awareness, knowledge, and skills to help people make informed decisions that affect environmental quality. Annual funding for the program ranges between $2 and $3 million. Most grants will be in the $15,000 to $25,000 range.
  • Environmental Justice Grants and Cooperative Agreements provide financial assistance to eligible organizations to build partnerships, identify local environmental and public health issues, envision solutions and empower the community to make improvements.
  • Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) issues annual solicitations for research proposals from science and technology-based firms.
  • Smart Growth Program assists local and state governments, communities, and non-governmental organizations in addressing the varied aspects of smart growth, including minimizing the impacts of land use and growth on environmental, economic, and community health.

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U.S. Department of Energy

  • Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center database compiles state and federal incentives and laws related to alternative fuels and vehicles, air quality, fuel efficiency, and other transportation-related topics.
  • Clean Cities Program promotes alternative fuels and vehicles, fuel blends, fuel economy, hybrid vehicles, and idle-reduction. In addition to financial assistance for projects, Clean Cities maintains a database of state and federal assistance.

U.S. Department of Transportation

Federal Aviation Administration

Federal Highway Administration / Federal Transit Administration

  • The Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Program (CMAQ) CMAQ provides funding to state departments of transportation, metropolitan planning organizations, and transit agencies for surface transportation and other related projects that improve air quality and reduce congestion. Funding is available for areas that do not meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (nonattainment areas) as well as former nonattainment areas that are now in compliance (maintenance areas). Priority is given to diesel engine retrofits, and other cost-effective emission reduction and congestion mitigation activities that provide air quality benefits.

U.S. Department of Agriculture

  • Energy Related Program Matrix is a navigational aid for USDA’s many programs that assist farmers, rural residents, and the nation in responding to energy-related issues and opportunities.  Search categories include agency, energy type, and assistance type.
  • Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary conservation program for farmers and ranchers that promotes agricultural production and environmental quality. EQIP offers financial and technical assistance to eligible participants.
  • National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) provides a searchable database of competitive grants and cooperative agreements open to supporting research, education, and extension programs in the Land-Grant University System and other partner organizations with the goal of advancing knowledge of agriculture, the environment, and human health and well-being.
  • Rural Development Loan and Grant Programs assist agricultural producers and rural small business with purchasing renewable energy systems and making energy efficiency improvements.

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