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EPA FY15 National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program – EPA’s Request for Proposals is open until June 15, 2015; approximately $13.5 million will be offered.  Priority will be given to proposals which demonstrate diesel emission reductions from engines involved in goods movement, diesel emission reductions in areas of poor air quality, outcomes that benefit the community, and community engagement/partnerships. An informational webinar will be presented on May 21, 2015 at 2pm EST Read more

EPA Tribal Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program – EPA’s Request for Proposals is open until July 15, 2015; an estimated $1 million is available.  The funds may be used for verified diesel emission control technologies that reduce emissions from a wide variety of diesel vehicles, engines, and equipment.  More information

Air Quality Workshop for Educators – The Air & Waste Management Assn., along with U.S. EPA, NC Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources, and Triangle Air Awareness are offering a free workshop for educators interested in learning about how EPA manages air quality in the U.S., identifying environmental health effects and risks, and participating in carbon footprint and sustainable solution activities.  To learn more see www.airnow.gov/teachers. To register, contact Donna Rogers at rogers.donna@epa.gov.

Funds for Off Hours Freight Delivery – The Federal Highway Administration is offering approximately $200,000 to conduct applied research on off hours freight delivery to reduce congestion.  Moving truck deliveries to off hours provides a low cost solution that can reduce congestion, improve freight flow, and have positive impacts on air quality, environmental justice, sustainability, and livability of an urban area.  Applications due June 5, 2015.  More information

Funds for Farmers’ Markets – Approximately $3.3 million is available from the Dept. of Agriculture to local, state, and tribal governments and others to increase Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) accessibility and participation at farmers’ markets, and to support the establishment, expansion, and promotion of SNAP/Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) services.  SNAP offers nutrition assistance to low-income individuals.  Applications due June 18, 2015.  More information

USDA Funds for Conservation Projects - Approximately $225 million is available to local, state, and tribal governments and others for projects that balance natural resource objectives with operational goals in order to benefit soil, water, wildlife, and related natural resources (including air quality).  Proposals should demonstrate solutions, contributions, innovation, and participation.
Pre-proposals are due July 8, 2015.  Learn more

Vessel and Port Air Emissions and Energy Efficiency – The Dept. of Transportation plans to award $750,000 for a demonstration project that may include engine conversion/retrofits, use of alternative fuels or an alternative energy source, or the use of energy conserving technologies.  Closing date for applications is June 11, 2015.  More information

SmartWay Transport Partnership – In April, SmartWay welcomed 35 new partners and 4 new affiliates.  View list of recent partners/affiliates and learn about SmartWay

Better Buildings Challenge – Several Advance areas are participating in this Dept. of Energy program, which supports job creation by catalyzing private sector investment in commercial and industrial building energy upgrades.  Consider joining or utilizing the program resources (webinars, case studies, videos, etc.)  More information

Building Energy Codes Program – This Dept. of Energy program supports greater adoption of residential and commercial building energy codes through collaborative efforts with local governments and industry groups, and by providing key tools and assistance for building energy code development, adoption, and implementation.  Guidance and technical resources

Open EPA Grant Opportunities

Advance Webinar Recording Available This webinar highlighted the experience of the Austin, Texas area with early air quality planning, including as a participant in Ozone Advance. It covered how the Austin area has set goals, engaged stakeholders, conducted outreach, and tracked/quantified local commitments. It also identified the types of local measures that are currently being pursued in Austin. Access recording


The Advance Program is a collaborative effort between EPA, states, tribes, and local governments.  The program encourages expeditious emission reductions in ozone and fine particle (PM2.5) attainment areas to help these areas continue to meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). The steps taken by program participants could:

  1. Help attainment areas reduce emissions in order to ensure continued health protection,
  2. Better position areas to remain in attainment, and
  3. Efficiently direct available resources toward actions to address ozone and fine particle problems quickly.

Basic Information - More information about the Advance Program

Eligibility - Who is eligible to participate

Participation - How to participate

Participants - Areas that have agreed to take proactive steps towards improving air quality

Measures and Programs - Actions participants can take

Resources - Useful information for participants

Frequent Questions - Frequently asked questions about the Advance Program

Map showing areas participating in Ozone and PM Advance

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