The EPA’s National Clean Diesel Campaign (NCDC) is soliciting proposals nationwide through its National Funding Assistance Program for projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions, particularly from fleets operating in designated poor air-quality areas. Eligible equipment and vehicles include those used in construction, and, according to NCDC, emission-reduction solutions include retrofit devices, cleaner fuels, engine upgrades, idle reduction systems, certified engine re-powering and equipment replacement.
Entities and agencies eligible to make proposals for grants from the estimated $32-million fund include regional, state and local jurisdictions, plus “nonprofit organizations or institutions that provide pollution-reduction or educational services to persons or organizations owning or operating diesel fleets, or have as their principal purpose, the promotion of transportation or air quality.” (Could be, for instance, your local association concerned with lung heath.)
If you’re a diesel-fleet owner interested in the possibility of grant money, perhaps the best place to begin investigating is your equipment dealer. Typically, an eligible agency, in order to qualify for a grant, must have specific, detailed projects in mind when making application to the National Funding Assistance Program. Your dealer may know those local and state agencies in your area that are eligible for grants.
Working together, you and the dealer can contact those agencies with your plan to reduce emissions from your fleet, and the agency, in turn, can submit an official proposal to the NCDC’s National Funding Assistance Program. Deadline for submissions is January,13, 2011.