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DERA National Grants

General Grant Program Information

DERA National Grants provide funding for projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions and exposure, particularly from fleets operating in areas designated by the Administrator as poor air quality areas.

Opportunity Status:
Posted Date:
Close Date:
Eligible Applicants:
State Governments; Local Governments; Planning and Project Organizations; Non-profit
Eligible Activities:
Planning; Construction; Equipment and Materials; Technology Demonstrations and Deployment; Climate and Sustainability
Transportation Type:
Air Maritime Railway Roadway
Most Recent Annual Program Funding Amount:
$115 Million
Annual Award Amount:
$4.5 Million
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:
Match Waiver:
Grant Opportunity ID:
Grant Opportunity Link:
Other Federal Agencies / U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Eligibility Information

Eligible diesel vehicles, engines, and equipment include school buses, on-highway heavy duty vehicles, locomotives, marine engines, and nonroad engines, equipment or vehicles used in construction, handling of cargo (including at ports or airports), agriculture, mining or energy production (including stationary generators and pumps). Funds may also be used for EPA verified technologies or certified engine configurations, California Air Resources Board (CARB)-verified technologies or certified engines, EPA-verified idle-reduction technologies, EPA-verified aerodynamic technologies and low rolling resistance tires, and early engine, vehicle, or equipment replacements with certified configurations. Funds awarded under this program cannot be used to fund emission reductions mandated by Federal law. Equipment for testing emissions or fueling infrastructure is not eligible for funding.

Eligible applicants include regional, state, local, or Tribal governments and consortia, port authorities with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality, and nonprofit organizations or institutions providing pollution reduction or educational services to diesel fleet owners, managers, and operators, or to those with promotion of transportation or air quality as their principal purpose. School districts, municipalities, and metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) are eligible entities to the extent that they fall within the definition above.

Funding Information

EPA anticipates awarding a total of approximately $115 million under this NOFO: $58 million in FY 2022 funding and $57 million in FY 2023 funding; it is anticipated that approximately 4-10 cooperative agreements will be made per each of EPA’s ten regions subject to the availability of funds, the quantity and quality of applications received, and other considerations.

Contact Information

The Dashboard provides users with a high-level overview of relevant Federal discretionary grant programs. The information in the Dashboard is maintained as a secondary resource and may not be updated with the most recent changes to each program's primary guidance materials. Accordingly, please refer to the Federal grant-making agency for the most comprehensive and up-to-date information on a grant opportunity in the Dashboard.

Last updated: Monday, September 04, 2023