May 2008

Grants offered for diesel emission reduction projects

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4, as part of the Southeast Diesel Collaborative, announced the availability of approximately $3.6 million in grants to fund projects within the Southeast to demonstrate effective emission control technologies and strategies, methods or approaches to reducing diesel emissions.

EPA expects to fund between 5 and 10 grants ranging from $250,000 and $750,000. However, EPA reserves the option to fund a project at an amount lower than $250,000 if the proposed project involves retrofitting or upgrading an applicant’s entire fleet.

EPA is accepting proposals for funding from regional, state, local or tribal agencies or port authorities with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality. Proposals will also be accepted from nonprofit organizations or institutions that represent or provide pollution reduction or educational services to persons or organizations that own or operate diesel fleets or that have, as their principal purpose, the promotion of transportation or air quality.

School districts, municipalities, metropolitan planning organizations, cities and counties are all eligible provided they fall within the definition above.

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